New state laws affecting CA real estate licensees and applicants are set to begin on January 1, 2022, unless otherwise noted. Below are summaries of new state laws that affect real estate licensees and applicants.
Beginning January 1, 2023, Senate Bill (SB) 263 modifies the content of two courses required to take either the real estate salesperson or broker licensing exam. The real estate practice course will include a component on implicit bias and the legal aspects of real estate course will include a component on federal and state fair housing. Also beginning January 1, 2023, the required continuing education course for
salespersons and brokers on fair housing will include an interactive participatory component and a new two-hour implicit bias continuing education course will be required.
AB 830 allows real estate licensees who change their legal surname from the name under which the license was originally issued to continue to use their former surname for business purposes. The bill also provides that the former last name does not constitute a fictitious name prohibited under real estate law. The licensee must file both the new and previous name with DRE.
Assembly Bill (AB) 107 requires that the Department of Real Estate collect information about military, veteran, and spouse license applications, including the number of expedited license applications, the number of expedited licenses issued and denied per calendar year, and the average length of time between application and expedited license issuance. DRE will submit an annual report to the Legislature.