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October 1, 2017

DC Real Estate Commission Licensing information

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The District of Columbia Real Estate Commission (Commission) regulates the licenses of professional real estate agents and protects consumers by upholding the District of Columbia real estate license law . The real estate license law is defined by the District of Columbia Second Omnibus Regulatory Act of 1998 (Omnibus), which took effect on April 20, 1999.

The Commission consists of nine members appointed by the Mayor. All members must be residents of the District of Columbia throughout their tenure on the Commission. Three members must each hold a Broker’s license; two members must hold a Salesperson’s license; two members must hold a Property Manager’s license; one member must be a licensed attorney; and one member must be a consumer member who does not hold a real estate license. Five members of the Commission constitute a quorum.

The Commission meets on the second Tuesday each month at 9:30 a.m. at the DCRA headquarters, located at 1100 4th Street SW, Washington, DC 20024. August is a recess month. The Commission can be reached by phone: (202) 442-4320 or fax: (202) 698-4329.

Executive Director: Leon Lewis,
Education Coordinator: Kevin Cyrus,
Education Liaison Specialist: Kathy Thomas,
Commission Assistant: Stephanie Johnston,

Current Commission Members

  • Josephine Ricks – Chairperson, Broker
  • Ulani Gulstone – Legal Committee Chair, Attorney Member
  • Monique Owens – Education Committee Chair, Salesperson
  • Frank Pietranton – Broker
  • Danai Mattison Sky – Salesperson
  • Vacancy – Broker
  • Christine M. Warnke – Consumer Member
  • 2 Vacancies – Property Manager

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

2017 Meeting Dates:

Board meeting minutes are available at

License Search / News / Examinatins / Publications and Forms


Exciting news! On October 1, 2017, the Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration (OPLA) will launch a brand new licensing system, which will fully digitize and automate the licensing process for all applications and processes.

Due to this system upgrade, current application and licensing services will be unavailable between September 16, 2017 and September 30, 2017. We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your understanding while we work behind the scenes to deliver an enhanced customer service experience.

All paper applications received after Friday, September 15, 2017 WILL NOT be processed and will be returned to the address on the application.

After October 1, 2017, all licensing services and requests must be submitted online at Paper service requests will no longer be accepted. Beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017, you may call a customer service representative at 866-270-9817 with application questions or for further submission instructions.

Licensing / Continuing Education Services / Resources


Online licensing services are a quick, convenient, and environmentally responsible way to manage your licensing needs. All of the functions listed below can be accessed through the Online Services – PULSE Portal link below.

Continuing Education Services

Continuing Education Requirements

The Commission has established education requirements that are designed to enhance the professional abilities of licensees.  Every two years, licensees are required to meet mandated continuing education requirements, which ensure that they are kept abreast of current national and local laws and regulations.

The 15-hour continuing education (CE) requirements for the current licensing cycle 2013-2015 and for the cycle 2015-2017 are as follows:
3.0 hrs -  Fair Housing
3.0 hrs -  DC Legislative Update
3.0 hrs – Financial Issues/Update
6.0 hrs – General Electives