Texas Real Estate License Requirements

Everything You Need to Know to Meet the Real Estate License Requirements!

If you want to be a Texas Real Estate Sales Agent, there are defined license requirements besides the Qualifying Education (QE) a person must meet to become licensed. The steps outlined below are a thorough guide to help you along your new Real Estate career path. Included are time and budget estimates to help answer common questions like "how long does it take to get my license" and "how much does it cost to get a Texas Real Estate license". With over 35 years of experience as a Texas Real Estate education provider, we offer you a realistic estimate of education costs and exact fees required by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) to meet the Texas Real Estate license requirements.

Basic Requirements to Apply for a Texas Real Estate License

  • Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Resident of Texas
  • Meet TREC's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity (TREC recommends submitting an optional 'Moral Character Determination' form)
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Step 1: Complete the 6 Required Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) Courses

These six, 30-hour Real Estate Qualifying Education (QE) courses are required by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) in order to meet the educational requirements for your Texas Real Estate License.

  • Principles of Real Estate 1
  • Principles of Real Estate 2
  • Law of Agency
  • Law of Contracts
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Promulgated Contract Forms
Estimated Time:
3 - 6 Weeks
Estimated Cost:
$980 - $1654
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Step 2: Create an Account in TREC's 'My License' System. Submit Online Application and Course Certificates for an Inactive License

Once you have completed your courses with Champions School of Real Estate, gather your course completion certificates and go to www.trec.texas.gov, click on "Real Estate Sales Agent" in the "Become Licensed" dropdown menu at the top of the page.

  • Under "File Your Application," click "Log In Now."
  • On the login screen, under "New User," click "Begin Here for Sign-Up."
  • Fill out all the required information to set up your account.
  • Once you are logged in, you will submit a "Application for Inactive Real Estate Sales Agent License" by choosing the First Time Sales Agent License application in the drop-down menu.
  • Pay the application fee of $205

All applicants for a real estate license are considered inactive until they are sponsored by a Texas Real Estate Broker. Once you have passed the state exam and found a sponsoring Broker, you are considered an active Real Estate Sales Agent in the state of Texas.

Fax (512-936-3864) OR Email (documents@trec.texas.gov) the following:

  • A copy of ALL course completion certificates
  • Include college transcripts if applicable
  • FAX: Use your application receipt as your cover sheet
  • Email: Attach certificates and receipt. Include your name and address in the body of the email.

If you already have a sponsoring broker, the Broker Sponsorship can be completed and submitted to TREC at any time, but you will not receive an active license until you have a sponsoring Broker.

Once the application is filed and all documents sent to TREC, it may take up to 14 business days to receive a response.

Please Note - You have one year from the filing date of your Application for Inactive Real Estate Sales Agent License to meet all of the requirements for a real estate license. If the requirements are not met within that year, your application expires and you must submit a new one.

Application Processing Times - TREC has set up the following page to communicate the current TREC processing times to license applicants. - TREC Processing Times.

Check Application Status - TREC has set up the following page to allow applicants to check the status of their existing license application. If you have submitted an application and are wondering about the status, this is a good place to start. - Check Application Status.

Estimated Time:
7 - 14 Business Days
Estimated Cost:
$205 Application Fee
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Step 3: Take the State Exam Prep Class at Champions School of Real Estate®

Once you have submitted your application to TREC, it can take them as long as four weeks to review your application and education. During this review period, we highly recommend that you complete the Real Estate Exam Prep course to ensure that you are prepared for the State and National Exam. This class will take the guesswork and stress out of testing. You may repeat the course as many times as you want for a full year at no additional cost to you! We recommend taking the Prep class at least two times and passing with an 80% or better before taking the actual exam.

Estimated Time:
2 - 4 Days
Estimated Cost:
$120 (included in package)
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Step 4: Receive Your Exam Eligibility Notification from TREC and Schedule the State Exam at Pearson VUE

Once you receive the eligibility letter from TREC, you must sign up to take the state exam at a Pearson VUE Testing Center. Your exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administrator and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook. The Candidate Handbook contains information about the examination, study material, and instructions for making an exam reservation. You can call Pearson Vue at 800-997-1248 to schedule your exam. Walk-in examinations are not available.

  • The cost for the exam is $54 payable to Pearson Vue and must be paid at the time of reservation by credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. Payment will not be accepted at the test center. Examination fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.
  • Candidates must bring two forms of current signature identification ID to the testing center the day of your exam. No personal items are allowed in the exam. Calculators are not required but are recommended. Cell phone calculators are not allowed.
  • There are two portions to the state exam; a national portion and a state portion. The national portion has 85 questions and you have 150 minutes to complete it. The state portion has 40 questions and you have 90 minutes to complete this portion.
  • You must pass both portions of the exams with at least a 70% to obtain your license.

Please Note - You must pass the State Exam within one year of submitting your Application for Inactive Real Estate Sales Agent License. If either portion of the exam is failed three times, you are required to take an additional 30-hours of qualifying education before you can register for re-examination.

Estimated Time:
7 - 10 Business Days
Estimated Cost:
$54 Exam Fee
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Step 5: Get Your Fingerprints Taken and Pass Your Background Check

While taking the State Exam Prep course it is recommended that you have your fingerprinting done. Pursuant to §1101.3521 of the Texas Real Estate License Act, any person applying for a broker or salesperson license must be fingerprinted specifically for TREC and pass a background history check before a license will issue. If you schedule your fingerprinting after passing your state exam, your license will not issue until TREC receives your criminal history report from the DPS and the FBI and clears your background history check.

Electronic fingerprinting is encouraged by TREC and costs ($41.45). To have this done visit the TREC website and follow these steps to schedule an appointment and complete your fingerprinting/background check:

  • Select "Real Estate Sales Agent" from the "Become Licensed" dropdown menu.
  • Under "Get Your Fingerprints Taken and Pass Your Background Check," click on "Fingerprints."
  • Search for your account using either your TREC ID or first name, last name, and birth date to obtain your "Get IdentoGO ID."
  • You can now use your IdentoGO ID _______ to schedule an appointment at the IdentgoGO website.
  • Please remember to bring your TREC exam eligibility letter to your fingerprinting appointment. You will not receive a fingerprint card as it will be sent electronically to the DPS and the FBI. The fingerprinting agent will give you a receipt of services. Save this receipt for your records.
  • You also can call (888) 467-2080 to schedule your fingerprints. You will need your TREC ID number from the eligibility letter.
Estimated Time:
7 - 10 Business Days
Estimated Cost:
$41.45 Fingerprinting Fee
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Almost done... you are now an Inactive Texas Real Estate Sales Agent!

To become an Active Sales Agent, find a Sponsoring Broker and submit a Sponsoring Broker Form to TREC.

Congratulations! Your Active Sales Agent License will arrive in the mail to your Sponsoring Broker's office for you to pick up. You can also look up your public license number under TREC's Licensed Agent Search feature on their website.

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Each of the courses listed below are required by TREC in order to attain a Texas Real Estate License. All of the courses are also available at a discounted rate when purchased together in one of the QE programs listed above.

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Hours
Price

Principles of Real Estate 1

An extensive introduction to Real Estate terminology and professional obligations.
30
$165

This Real Estate Pre-Licensing course is approved by TREC and must be completed in order to get a Real Estate license in Texas. The course provides students with an extensive foundational understanding of Real Estate terminology and professional obligations. It is designed to ensure each student has a full understanding of the real estate licensing terms covered on the state and national portions of the Texas Real Estate Sales Agent Exam.

Additional Information:

  • Topics Covered Include: TREC & TRELA, Deeds & Title, Appraisal Closing, Math, Federal Laws, and more!
  • Course Approval # 121
  • 30 Credit Hours (TREC)
  • Textbooks and Proctoring Costs Included
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Principles of Real Estate 2

Further your understanding of Real Estate terminology and professional obligations.
30
$165

This Real Estate Pre-Licensing course is approved by TREC and must be completed in order to get a Real Estate license in Texas. The course is designed to build upon the real estate terminology and professional obligations learned in Principles of Real Estate 1. Students will gain insight into a day in the life of a Real Estate agent by better understanding all career aspects they will touch as they go through their day-to-day activities as a Real Estate Sales Agent. Additionally, this course insures students will fully understand their obligations according to the rules of the Texas Real Estate Licensing Act.

Additional Information:

  • Topics Covered Include: Introduction to Real Estate, Transferring Title, Lending Practices, Federal Fair Housing Act, and more!
  • Course Approval # 122
  • 30 Credit Hours (TREC)
  • Textbooks and Proctoring Costs Included
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Law of Agency

Learn the basics of Agency including history, senate bills, and the Listing Agreement.
30
$165

This Real Estate Pre-Licensing course is approved by TREC and must be completed in order to get a Real Estate license in Texas. The course has been designed to provide students with all the information they need to pass questions covering Law of Agency issues on the state and national portions of the Texas Real Estate Sales Agent exam. In addition to the basics, students will learn important information to enable them to be successful once they obtain their real estate license.

Additional Information:

  • Topics Covered Include: The history of Agency, Senate Bill 489 and the Intermediary, The Listing Agreement (Representing the Seller/Buyer), Employment Law, and more!
  • Course Approval # 1151
  • 30 Credit Hours (TREC)
  • Textbooks and Proctoring Costs Included
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Law of Contracts

Learn to better understand Real Estate Contracts via a hands-on approach.
30
$165

This Real Estate Pre-Licensing course is approved by TREC and must be completed in order to get a Real Estate license in Texas. The course will enable the agent to better understand the contracts and addenda. It will take a hands-on approach to filling in the blanks with the correct information through individual case studies using example TREC and TAR forms. This course enables the student to have self-confidence when working with buyers and sellers by understanding correct contract procedures.

Additional Information:

  • Topics Covered Include: TREC Rules, the Texas Real Estate License Act, Legal Principles of Real Estate, Deed of Trust, Contracts for the Sale of Real Estate, and more!
  • Course Approval # 1251
  • 30 Credit Hours (TREC)
  • Textbooks and Proctoring Costs Included
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Real Estate Finance 1

Learn all about the specialized financial procedures used in Real Estate.
30
$165

This Real Estate Pre-Licensing course is approved by TREC and must be completed in order to get a Real Estate license in Texas. The course provides a sound understanding of the specialized financing procedures that are used today in the Real Estate industry. It covers information pertaining to regulated lenders, interest rates, mortgage documents, commercial and residential loans.

Additional Information:

  • Topics Covered Include: Money and interest rates, regulated lenders, the secondary market, mortgage documents, borrower qualification, and more!
  • Course Approval # 451
  • 30 Credit Hours (TREC)
  • Textbooks and Proctoring Costs Included
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Promulgated Contract Forms

Learn the ins-and-outs of the Texas Real Estate Commission Promulgated Contract Forms.
30
$165

This Real Estate Pre-Licensing course is approved by TREC and must be completed in order to get a Real Estate license in Texas. The course will teach you the ins and outs of the Texas Real Estate Commission Promulgated Contract Forms. It provides a paragraph-by-paragraph break down of the One-to-Four Family Contract and points out the similarities and differences in the Promulgated Contracts.

Additional Information:

  • Topics Covered Include: Unlawful practice of law, One to Four Family Residential contract, New Home Contract (Incomplete/Completed Construction), Farm and Ranch Contract, TREC Promulgated Addenda, and more!
  • Course Approval # 351
  • 30 Credit Hours (TREC)
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