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Division of
Professional Regulation

Real Estate Office



 

When to File Application 

Apply for a Real Estate Office Permit when you are:

  • opening a new Real Estate office in Delaware regardless of whether the office is a new Main Office or a new Branch of an existing Main Office
  • relocating a Real Estate office that already has a permit at another Delaware location
  • changing a Real Estate office that already has a permit from a Branch to a Main Office or Main to Branch Office
  • applying to reinstate a Real Estate office permit that has lapsed and is no longer renewable

 

IMPORTANT:
You may be required to apply for a business license in addition to a professional license. Contact the Delaware Division of Revenue and your local municipality.

 

Type of Office

The application asks you to select the type of office.

  • A Main Office is the primary office of the business. If it has any Branch Offices, the Main Office is the “headquarters.”
  • A Branch Office is a “satellite” office of a Main Office. You must identify the Main Office for a Branch.

 

 

Broker of Record and On-Site Manager

All Real Estate offices must have a Broker of Record and may need a separate on-site manager as well (24 Del. C. §2919), as follows:

  • All Real Estate offices must have a Broker of Record in charge of the office.
  • A Broker must have a separate license for each office for which he/she is the Broker of Record. If you are already a Broker of Record for an office and become Broker of Record for an additional office, complete the Application for Additional Broker of Record form.
  • If the Broker of Record for a new office is already the Broker of Record for another office(s), the Broker of Record must designate a Broker or Salesperson licensee assigned to the new office as the office’s on-site manager.

 

Requirements for All Office Applications

The requirements in this section apply regardless of why you are filing the application.

  • Use this table to decide what fee is required:

 

IF you are… THEN
opening a new Main or Branch Office or reinstating the permit for an existing office enclose the non-refundable processing fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”
relocating an existing Main or Branch Office
changing an existing Main Office to a Branch or a Branch Office to a Main enclose the non-refundable maintenance fee by check or money order made payable to “State of Delaware.”

 

Additional Requirements for New or Relocating Office Applications

If you are opening a new office or relocating an existing office, the following requirements apply in addition to the requirements above. However, if you are only changing an existing office from Main to Branch or Branch to Main, the requirements below do not apply.

  • Submit photos showing the building exterior, outside signage, entrance with sign and office interior. If the office is in a private home, the photos must show the required separate entrance and sign.
    • There must be a conspicuous sign in place.
    • The photos must show that the office has been furnished.
  • Provide copy of deposit slip or other written verification from a bank with an office located in Delaware showing that the required escrow account has been opened.
  • Provide information about the new or relocated office’s Salespersons and Brokers as follows:

 

IF you are… THEN
opening a new Main or Branch Office submit these items for each Salesperson and Broker assigned to the new office:
  • Request for Transfer form signed by releasing broker and employing broker
  • transfer fee of $20 per person
  • wall licenses and pocket cards that show the previous broker
relocating an existing Main or Branch Office submit:
  • list of names of the Salespersons and Brokers assigned to the office that is moving
  • duplicate license fee of $20 per person to receive licenses with updated information
  • wall licenses and pocket cards that show the previous location

Transfer forms are not required when an office is relocating.

 

IMPORTANT:
You must conspicuously display all newly issued Broker and Salesperson licenses in the new office or location.


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