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ONLINE PEARSON VUE TESTING FOR STATE LICENSE EXAMINATIONS – EFFECTIVE AUGUST 4 2020

When will online proctored testing be available for
DBPR exams?

Online proctored testing will be available for select exams starting August 4, 2020.

Which exams will be available for online
proctored testing?
The following exams will be available for online proctored testing:

  • Real Estate
  • Sales Associate
  • Broker Associate
  • Real Estate Instructor
  • Real Estate Laws & Rules
  • Florida Appraiser Supplemental Law & Rules

Is the exam still proctored?
Exams will be proctored and monitored by a live proctor.

How does online proctored testing work?
Similar to center-based testing, online proctored testing requires that you be monitored by a proctor while you take your exam, but they will do so through your microphone and webcam.

Before starting the exam, you will need to complete a self-check-in process. You will be prompted to take a headshot photo, a picture of your identification card/driver’s license, and pictures of your surroundings. Once you begin the exam, you will not be permitted to leave the room or move out of the proctor’s view.

If you have a question during the exam, you can use the “Chat” function at the top of the screen to contact the proctor

Can a candidate just take the exam whenever they
want to?
Since you are required to be video monitored by a live proctor during your exam, the exam is not “on-demand” and you will need to schedule it ahead of time. However, appointments are offered 24/7 so you should be able to find a time that is convenient for your schedule.

Where can I take my exam?
You can test at home or in your office. Whether it is your home or your office, you should be in a walled room, with a closed door, and without distractions. Find a quiet, private location. Once the exam begins, you are not permitted to talk, stand, or move from your seat. Also, no one else is permitted in the room with you while you are testing.

During the check-in process after you have submitted all required photos, the proctor may ask to see your environment, including the walls, floor space and the desktop. This is to ensure you are not within arm’s reach of books, notepads, post-it notes, papers, pens, pencils, or other writing instruments/objects. Additional monitors must be unplugged, and additional computers must be turned off. Items on the wall such as wall art, posters and whiteboards will be inspected. If you are unable to complete this room scan, you are not permitted to proceed further or to take the exam.

Is my workspace okay for testing?
During the check-in process, you will be asked to take four photos of your work area, which will be checked by a proctor prior to exam launch. Please ensure that your desktop is clean and that you are not within arm’s reach of books, notepads, sticky notes, papers, pens, pencils, and other writing instruments/objects. Additional monitors and computers must be unplugged and turned off. Items on the wall with writing on them, such as whiteboards, will be inspected. If your workspace does not pass a room scan, you will not be permitted to proceed with taking the exam.

What technology will be needed for online proctored testing?
A candidate will need a functioning home computer or laptop with a webcam with microphone and strong internet connection.

How do I know my computer will work with the online proctored software?
Prior to their exam, candidates they will need to run a system check to test the compatibility of the OnVUE application.

Will I be able to access the internet while taking my exam?
Your computer will be locked down once you start your exam. You will not be able to access the internet or use other software applications while taking an exam.

Are breaks during the test available?
A candidate will NOT be able to take a break once the exam starts and no one is allowed to enter the space where exam is being taken.

During traditional center-based testing, candidates are allowed to have a blank sheet of paper for notes and a calculator if needed. Am I allowed to have these during the online exam?
During the online exam session, you are not allowed to use exam-specific materials and are not permitted to use scratch paper, erasable whiteboards, a calculator, or any other physical writing objects such as a pen, marker, or pencil. 

Instead, the exam has a built-in calculator feature. Whether you are taking the exam online or at a testing center, you will have access to the built-in calculator. You can access it by clicking on calculator icon in the exam screen. 

For the online exam, you will also be able to access a built-in whiteboard while taking your online proctored exam. This feature gives candidates the choice to work through items visually by entering notes or drawing shapes. You can access it anytime during the exam by clicking the eraser icon at the top of the screen. You can learn more about this feature here.

Please note, during your online exam, you can access both the built-in whiteboard and calculator at the same time to perform notes and calculations.

Will I be able to schedule a review of my test if I fail my examination?
At this time, reviews will only be available for candidates taking the exam at a test center; it will not be an option for an exam taken online.

Why am I being asked to pay again for my exam? I already paid when I registered for the exam at a test center.
You will need to pay again to schedule for an online exam. If you cancel your registration at the test center following the cancelation policy, you will be refunded the cost of that exam.

Why did I receive 2 emails for test authorization?
You received 2 separate emails for test authorization because the test center and online testing are 2 separate systems. Please schedule for the one method of delivery you prefer.

Establish and account with the DBPR to become licensed

New licensees should establish an online account with DBPR at its myfloridalicense.com website early. Waiting until the last day before renewal may result in long delays because of the heavy website traffic.

Ensure that the myfloridalicense.com site has your current address and license status in its records. If your mailing address is different from the one in DBPR’s records, you are subject to a $100 citation. Be sure to send in a change of address to the DBPR using Form RE-10. You can use the site to renew and print your license.

DBPR REAL ESTATE FINGERPRINTS FAQ

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTING

Applicants can use any Livescan Service Provider that has been approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to submit their fingerprints to the department. Please ensure that the Originating Agency Identification (ORI) number is provided to the provider when you submit your fingerprints. If you do not provide an ORI number or if you provide an incorrect ORI number to the provider, the Department of Business and Professional Regulation will not receive your fingerprint results. The applicant is fully responsible for selecting the provider and ensuring submission of the prints to the department.

  1. When should I submit my fingerprints if I am applying for a license?

    We suggest that you submit your fingerprints using a Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) approved Livescan Service Provider at least 5 days prior to submitting your application for licensure. This will allow sufficient time for FDLE to process your fingerprints and submit the results to the Department. If your fingerprint results are not received by the Department at the time your application is being processed, your application will be deemed incomplete.

  2. How do I find a Livescan Service Provider in order to submit my fingerprints to the department?

    The Department of Business and Professional Regulation accepts electronic fingerprinting service offered by Livescan Service Provider that are approved by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement and listed at their site. You can view the provider options and contact information at Livescan Service Provider List.

  3. What information must I provide to the Livescan Service Provider I choose?

    If you are an applicant seeking a license for any profession regulated by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, which requires a criminal background search as a condition of licensure, you must provide accurate demographic information at the time your fingerprints are taken.

    Please make sure that you clearly identify the profession for which you are seeking to be licensed or select “Military Endorsement” and submit your fingerprints payment to the provider. Any inaccurate information that you provide could cause a delay in processing your request.

    You must provide the correct ORI number.

  4. Where do I get the ORI number to submit to the provider?

    The following professions require submission of electronic fingerprints as a part of the licensure application. The ORI number identifies the correct profession and the agency that is responsible for processing your request. The ORI numbers are indicated next to each profession.

    LICENSE EFFICIENTLY. REGULATE FAIRLY.

Halsey Beshears, Secretary

Real Estate Sales and Brokers – FL920010Z

Real Estate Appraisers – FL922050Z

Construction – FL923400Z

WWW.MYFLORIDALICENSE.COM

Community Association Managers – FL921932Z

Talent Agents – FL921670Z

Athlete Agents – FL922040Z

Employee Leasing – FL921880Z

Alcoholic, Beverages and Tobacco – FL 920150Z

Home Inspectors – FL 924250Z

Mold Remediation or Assessment – FL 924260Z

Military Endorsement – FL 924270Z (All Boards)

Drugs, Devices & Cosmetics – FL 924780Z

Florida Condominiums, Timeshares, – FL921900Z and Mobile Homes (FCTMH)

Pari-Mutuel Wagering (PMW) – FL920630Z

Pari-Mutuel Slots (PMW) – FL923230Z

FDLE will only retain the criminal results from applicants for a period of six months from the date the fingerprints were rolled. Applicants should submit their applications soon after submitting their fingerprints in order to afford themselves an opportunity to resolve any application deficiencies prior to the expiration of the criminal history results.

  1. How does the electronic fingerprinting process actually work?

    In the traditional method of fingerprinting, ink is applied to each of your fingers which are then “rolled” across a fingerprint card to obtain your prints. With electronic fingerprinting, there is no ink or card. Your fingerprints are “rolled” across a glass plate and scanned. It is faster and cleaner than the traditional method. Electronic fingerprinting reduces the likelihood of illegible fingerprints and will reduce the overall application processing time.

  2. How long will it take to have my fingerprints scanned?

    It should only take approximately 5-10 minutes.

  3. How much does electronic fingerprinting cost?

    The total fee charged by each provider varies. Please contact the provider to obtain this information. The fingerprint results are usually received by the department two to four days after your fingerprints are scanned.

    You can view the provider options and contact information at Livescan Service Provider List.

  4. What do I need to bring with me to the Florida electronic fingerprinting site?

    All applicants will be required to bring two (2) forms of identification to the electronic fingerprinting site on the day of scheduled fingerprinting. One of the two types of identification must bear your picture and signature such as a driver’s license, state identification card or passport. Applicants cannot be

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permitted to be fingerprinted without proper identification.

  1. I submitted my fingerprint through an FDLE approved provider, but I have now received a deficiency letter regarding my fingerprints? What should I do?
    As of the date of the mailing of the deficiency letter, your electronic fingerprinting results have not been transmitted to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation. We will not be able to process your application until we have received this information. You should contact your fingerprint provider to determine if they have submitted the prints to the FDLE for processing.

    provider contact information can be viewed at Livescan Service Provider List.

  2. What should I do if I am notified by the Department of Business and Professional Regulation that the Florida Department of Law Enforcement or the Federal Bureau of Investigation determined my electronic fingerprints were illegible?
    The electronic fingerprint scanning machines are equipped to determine if your fingerprints scanned successfully; however, if it is determined by the Federal Bureau of Investigation that your prints were not legible, we will send you a notification letter asking you to go back to the same provider that did your initial prints and schedule a re-roll of your prints. You will be required to bring the notification letter with you as information such as the TCN (Transaction Control Number) and TCR (Transaction Control Reference) must be identified and used at the time of the reroll.

11. How long are my fingerprints valid for?

DBPR will retain results of the prints for 12 months from the date your digital fingerprints were electronically received by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. FDLE retain the prints for 180 days only. If your prints have expired at the time your application is submitted to the department, you will be required to submit new prints again.

12. Can I use my recent prints to apply for another professional license?

Per FBI regulation, your prints cannot be shared between professions or with other agencies. You are required to have separate prints for each license you are applying for, using the correct ORI.

13. What kind of assistance can the DBPR provide if I have problems with a Livescan Service Provider?

As an applicant, you have the choice to select a provider approved by the FDLE. Since DBPR does not approve or regulate Livescan Service Provider, you will be fully responsible for the fingerprint submission and for ensuring that the prints have been timely submitted to the FDLE. The DBPR retrieves the fingerprint results from the Department of Law Enforcement through a secure web site. We suggest that you ask the provider for a receipt showing payment date and other pertinent information in case you need to go back to them for assistance.

14. If I am living out of state, how do I submit my fingerprints without having to travel to Florida?

Go to the FDLE Livescan Service Provider List and choose a Livescan Service Provider that is certified as “hard card scanning capable”. These vendors have the ability to process fingerprints through additional methods, including the use of hard copy fingerprint cards. If the provider requests that you provide a fingerprint card, you may call the Department of Business and Professional Regulation at 850.487.1395 to obtain one. When requesting a card, please specify the profession for which you are seeking licensure.

Out of State Alcoholic Beverage and Tobacco Applicants only:

Your fingerprint card can be obtained from the Department of Business and Professional Regulation by contacting the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco at 850.488.8284, or one of the division’s district offices. A listing of the district offices can be found on the web at http://www.dbpr.state.fl.us/abt/documents/mapofdistrictoffices.pdf. Once the fingerprint card is received, you may then go to a local law enforcement office in your area to have your fingerprints rolled onto the card. Information specific to the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco will be

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preprinted on the fingerprint card. Other information will be completed at the local law enforcement agency. The instructions for submitting your fingerprint card are outlined above.

15. What happens after I get my fingerprints done using a Livescan Service Provider?
The Livescan Service Provider will send your scanned fingerprint images to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) using the ORI number you provide to the provider. The FDLE/FBI will process the fingerprints and provide the results to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation, usually within three to five business days from the scan date. You do not have to do anything with your fingerprint results unless the department contacts you for additional information.

16. How can I determine the status of my Livescan Service Provider transaction with FDLE?The Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) has developed a new feature that will allow an individual or organization to perform a search to determine the status of an applicant Livescan transaction. The Civil Workflow Control System (CWCS) serves as the FDLE automated applicant criminal history request system. The status of a CWCS transaction can now be provided from a search within the newly developed “Civil Workflow Control System Transaction Status Search”. The only identifier needed to perform the search is the Transaction Control Number (TCN) which is generated at the time the applicant information and fingerprints are captured.

The “Civil Workflow Control System Transaction Status Search” is available to the public at:

https://cchinet.fdle.state.fl.us/search/app/tcnlookup?4

17. What happens if the fingerprint results indicate that I have a criminal history?

If you have a criminal history, your application will be reviewed by the department to ensure that your criminal history will not statutorily disqualify you from becoming licensed in that particular profession. Depending on the type of criminal offense(s), your application might require board review or require your personal appearance before the board. You will be notified in writing of any required appearance before the board.

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DBPR Emergency Order (E.O.) 2020-08  (June 2020)

The deadlines for licensure eligibility and state license examination eligibility are extended through December 31, 2020. The effective date of the Order is June 9, 2020. The Order supersedes section 4 of the DBPR Emergency Order 2020-03 issued on March 9, 2020.

Specifically, the EO 2020-08 extends the following:

  1. State license exam.If an applicant does not pass the state license exam within two years of the course completion date (the date the student passed the pre-license end-of-course exam) the course completion expires and the applicant must again complete the pre-license education course. DBPR EO 2020-08 extends the date to pass the license exam to December 31, 2020. If a student who passed the end-of-course exam and the two-year eligibility to take the state exam ended on March 9, 2020 or later, the student may take the state exam through December 31, 2020. (Note: March 9, 2020 was the effective date of DBPR E.O. 2020-03. DBPR E.O 2020-08 is meant to cover the gap between both orders.)
  2. License application. A DBPR license application that expired on or after March 9, 2020 is extended through December 31, 2020.
  3. Pre-license course completion certificate. The pre-license course completion certificate that expired on or after March 9, 2020, is extended through December 31, 2020 pursuant to DBPR E.O. 2020-08.

Reference to Statute:

Sec. 475.181(2), F.S, states: The application shall expire 2 years after the date received if the applicant does not pass the appropriate examination. Additionally, if an applicant does not pass the licensing examination within 2 years after the successful course completion date, the applicant’s successful course completion is invalid for licensure. The license application expires two years after the date the DBPR receives the application.

License Application and The Florida Real Estate Exam

Apply for your license with the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulations (DBPR)

  1. Go to  www.myfloridalicense.com
  2. Under Professions, find Real Estate and look for the Sales Associate license.
  3. Get your electronic fingerprints with an authorized fingerprints establishment. Google the one closer to your home.

Florida Real Estate Exam:

  1. Please visit www.pearsonvue.com to schedule your  Florida Real Estate Exam once your application with the DBPR has been approved

For requirements visit this website at

  1. www.edgewateracademy.com/become-a-sales-associate/

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