- Duration: 180 hours
How to Get a Texas Real Estate License
Texas Salesperson Licensing Requirements
- An individual must be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older and a legal resident of Texas.
- Have successfully completed 180 hours of required education including:
- Real Estate Principles (60 classroom hours)
- Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
- Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
- Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 classroom hours)
- Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours). (Related course credit may no longer be used to meet education requirements for a salespersons license).
- File your application: https://www.trec.texas.gov/become-licensed/sales-agent
- Education course completion documents must be submitted to TREC after applying online or with your paper application.
- You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted.
- Once your application has been received, processed and education is satisfied, the applicant will be notified of eligibility to sit for the examination. License examinations are administered by a national testing service contracted by TREC / TALCB. The exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administer and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook to register for the exam. The Candidate Handbook contains information about the examination, study material, and instructions for making an exam reservation. Two forms of current signature identification are required for admission to a testing site. The name on the identification must match the name on the application for a license. The examination must be passed within one year from the date the application is filed with TREC. Effective 01/01/16, if you fail the exam more than three times, additional education will be necessary.
- Before you can practice as a licensed salesperson you must arrange for a Texas real estate broker holding an active license to sponsor you as a salesperson. Applicants and inactive salespersons are not authorized to act as real estate agents. While you are not required to have a sponsoring broker to file an application for a license, a Salesperson Sponsorship Form is included with the application materials. If you wish, you may file the sponsorship request along with the application. Once all licensing requirements have been satisfied, TREC will send an active salesperson license to the broker, and you may act for the broker on receipt of the license.
- You are not authorized to perform any act for which a real estate license is required until an ACTIVE Texas Real Estate Commission license is in the possession of your sponsoring broker.
A criminal history may make an individual ineligible for a license. Please find TREC’s criminal history eligibility guidelines set out in Texas Occupations Code §53.025 and TREC Rule 541.1. Potential applicants may request a criminal history evaluation by submitting a completed Moral Character Determination Form to TREC prior to applying for a license.
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