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Illinois Real Estate State License Requirements
Please be sure you understand the requirements before taking the pre-license education and licensing examination. If you have any questions, please contact the Commission office at (217) 782-3000 or visit their website at the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

Illinois License Requirements and Qualifications:
An individual who wants to obtain an Illinois broker real estate license must complete the required education, pass the licensing exam, and file an application with the required fee.

Broker:
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker’s license applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree (GED);

Education:
The applicant must complete 90-class-hour Prelicense course at a real estate school approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. 75-hours can be taken online as self study. 15-hours must be taken interactively in a classroom or by webinar.

Broker Continuing Education:
If you are a Broker and this is your FIRST renewal, you must complete a 30-hour Post license course and pass the course final exam prior to the first renewal of your license. The 30-hour Post license course consists of 2 components: 15-hour Broker Post License Topics AND 15-hour Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices course (in classroom or interactive only). To register for our online 15-hour Broker Post License Topics course, click here.
Are a Broker who….?

  • Transitioned your Salesperson license to a Broker license;
  • Held a Broker license prior to 4/30/2011 and DID NOT transition your license to Managing Broker; OR
  • Became a licensed Broker after 5/1/2011

If any of the 3 options above apply to you, then you must complete 12 hours of Continuing Education to renew your license.

The 12 hours of Continuing Education must include:

  • At least 6 hrs of Core, which must include:
    • 3 hours Core A – Select Core A: Agency, License Law and Escrow from Core A list
    • 3 hours Core B – Select 1 course from Core B list
  • No more than 6 hours of Elective course
    • Select 2 courses from Elective list
    •  

Broker Continuing Education must be completed prior to April 30 even-numbered years.

Managing Broker:
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker license applicants must:

  • Be at least 21 years old;
  • Have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree (GED); and
  • Held an active Illinois Broker license for two years.

Education:
The applicant must complete the 45-hour Managing Broker course. 30-hours can be taken online as self study. 15-hours must be taken interactively in a classroom or by webinar.

Managing Broker Continuing Education:
To renew your Managing Broker license you must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education by April 30th of off numbered years.
The 24 hours of Continuing Education must include:

  • 12 hours of CE:
  •  A minimum of 6 hours of Core
    • 3 hours Core A - Select Core A: Agency, License Law and Escrow from Core A list
    • 3 hours of Core B - Select 1 course from Core B list
  • No more than 6 hours of Elective
    • Select 2 courses from Elective list
  • AND, 12 hours Broker Management CE course

Managing Broker continuing education must be completed prior to April 30 odd-numbered years.

For information on Illinois Minority Scholarships, click here.

Contact the IDFPR for more information on licensing requirements.

For more information on the Illinois Broker Transition, click here.

 

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