Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers

Bureau of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA)

The mission of BREA is to safeguard public trust by promoting professionalism in the real estate appraisal industry through licensing, education, and enforcement. In 1989, Title XI of the federal Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery and Enforcement Act was adopted by congress mandating states to license and certify real estate appraisers who appraise property for federally related transactions. The federal law was enacted as a result of the savings and loan disaster. In response to the federal mandate, the Real Estate Appraisers Licensing and Certification Law was enacted by the California Legislature in 1990 (AB 527, Chapter 491 of 1990). BREA was established within the Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, and charged with developing and implementing a real estate appraiser licensing and certification program compliant with the federal mandate.

General Information: 916-552-9000
Fax: 916-552-9008
Phone Hours of Availability: Monday-Friday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Formal request for a letter of License History
  • Unofficial Licensee History can be accessed by loading licensee detail page and clicking on "Show License History" button at the bottom of the page
  • Verbal contact with BREA at 916-552-9000
Renewal may not occur more than six months prior to the existing license expiration date.

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