Illinois Real Estate License Requirements

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If I am 19 years old, can i take the test in a state whose requirement is 18, then have the liscense be reciprocated to Illinois? Unfortunately the minimum requirement in Illinois is 21 years old, I would like to get started on my career at 19.

Asked by: Gucci Mane
The IDFPR has some exceptions to the age requirement for those licensed through reciprocity. Category E – 18- to 21-Year-Old Qualification Prior approval must be given by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in order to qualify under Category E. 1. The minimum age of 21 years shall be waived for any person seeking a license as a real estate broker who has attained the age of 18; 2. Have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree (GED); 3. Have successfully completed at least 4 semesters of post-secondary school study as a full-time student or the equivalent, with major emphasis on real estate courses, at a school approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. (Candidates must have this approval prior to registering for the examination.); and 4. Have successfully completed the required curriculum of 90 class hours of Real Estate courses at a real estate school approved by the Department of Financial and Professional Regulation in the following manner: Real Estate Broker Topics (75 Hours) Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate PrinciplesInteractive (15 Hours)
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-08-08

What if you don't have a printer? can you still take this course online?

Asked by: Rob 45
You can take the course without using a printer but you will need a way to print your completion certificate. FREC requires you take a copy of your completion certificate to the state licensing exam with you. You can always put a copy of the certificate on a jump drive and print at the local library or office store.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-07-23

I currently have an inoperative broker license in IL but now live in NC. I want to reactivate my IL license. I was told I needed a sponsoring broker which I have but he is a licensed reciprocal broker not residing in IL. Can I reactive my license?

Asked by: Eagles1952
This is a question only the IDFPR can answer since it is a specific situation.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-07-10

If I struggle with the math portion of the exam. What kind of online help is provided and how

Asked by: Saam
Don’t let the math scare you. Our Illinois course will walk you through the math step by step. You will also be given a digital book called Fearless Math which provides more examples. If you are still concerned be sure to sign up for a package with Instructor Q&A so you can attend webinar sessions to ask questions you may have.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-06-14

I want to take my licencing course in IL but also do some work in NY and TX. Will this be possible? would the 75hrs (or total 90hrs) serve as the requirements for all 3 states.

Asked by: Jose
Unfortunately no. You need a license in each state to work in that state. Reciprocity or mutual recognition are the terms most states use when they recognize a license or license education from another state. Illinois recognizes a few states, but not NY or TX. Texas doesn’t recognize any other licenses. You may have luck with New York with reducing the amount of education you need. They have a process to waive some educational requirements on a case-by-case basis.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-06-07

Once you take the course and obtain your license can it transfer to Nevada? Will you be able to work across states?

Asked by: dlm47
We believe that this is possible for IL to NV based on their reciprocity link: This goes into advising students for an out-of-state application. However, we recommend looking through their information to ensure that you are providing them with all the necessary documentation to receive your NV license.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-05-28

Hi: I am a licensed real estate agent in Florida. (used you for my pre licensing and post licensing class). I am considering getting licensed in Illinois and Wisconsin as well. Is there reciprocity and if so, what package would best work for me? Thanks

Asked by: Steve
IL shows that they do have reciprocity with FL. You can confirm with IL directly what documentation they need exactly by contacting them toll free at 1-800-560-6420 or their website As for WI, we’re not certain about their process as we currently do not offer courses there. This link does show that they do have reciprocity with IL and IN So it might be better to go for the IL license first and then move on to the WI license. The WI contact information to confirm this is (877) 617-1565.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-01-25

Hello, I've decided to get my real estate license but im here in Chicago for another 6 months until i relocate to LA, California. Can i get my license here and begin and then update through their exams there? Im considering your program!

Asked by: christin
The real estate commission of CA would be able to better clarify if they recognize an IL license, which may save you some time and money. Their website is: Please reach out to them to not only verify this but also find out what documentation is needed if this is possible.
Answered by: Real Estate Express
Date published: 2019-01-02
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