Mutual Recognition vs Reciprocity

While often used interchangeably, there is a big difference between mutual recognition and reciprocity. In this article, we will explain the key differences between these two terms and what they mean for you as a licensee in the State of Florida.


When two states form an agreement that recognizes the other state’s real estate licenses, that is called reciprocity. This allows a licensee in one state to sell real estate in the other state without having to obtain a real estate license in the second state. 

For example, if Florida and Georgia had reciprocity, then once you obtained your Florida real estate license you would be able to sell homes in Georgia without obtaining a Georgia real estate license. Likewise, Georgia agent could sell homes in Florida without obtaining a Florida real estate license. 

Florida does NOT play well with others and does NOT have reciprocity with any other state. It is important to note that there is one exception to this and that is for U.S. armed service members and their spouses.


Mutual recognition is when two states form an agreement to recognize the experience as well as the education a licensee has obtained in one state towards qualification for licensure in the second state. It is important to note that mutual recognition applies to non-residents only as defined by Florida Administrative Rule 61J2-26.002.

For example, if a licensee has 2-years of experience as a sales associate in the state of Georgia, then Florida will recognize that licensee’s education and experience when qualifying them for a broker’s license in Florida. All the licensee would have to do is pass a 40-question Florida specific law exam with a 75% grade or higher. 

Currently, Florida has mutual recognition agreements with eight states: Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Mississippi, Nebraska, and Rhode Island. 


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