How to Get Your Real Estate License in Texas

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get Texas Real Estate License? Real Estate Express taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in Texas, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the Texas real estate license requirements.

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in Texas

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the Texas Real Estate Commission. We recommend you contact the Texas Real Estate Commission for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

Texas Real Estate: Sales Agent

Once licensed, the Sales Agent must complete 98 hours of Sales Agent Apprentice Education (SAE), for a total of 278 hours of education prior to the end of their first license term. These hours must include: 4 hours of TREC's Legal Update I, 4 hours of TREC's Legal Update II, and 90 hours in elective qualifying real estate education courses. Elective qualifying education courses include: Property Management (30 hours), Real Estate Marketing (30 hours), Real Estate Math (30 hours), Real Estate Appraisal (30 hours), Real Estate Investment (30 hours), Real Estate Law (30 hours), and Residential Inspection for Real Estate Agents (30 hours). The 30-hour Real Estate Brokerage course (mandatory for a broker's license) is also an eligible qualifying real estate education course for SAE. Additionally, if you have been made a supervisor by your broker for six months or more, you need to take the 6-hour Broker Responsibility course to renew.

Online Limitations

There is no limit on number of hours allowed to be taken online; all QE hours can be taken online.

Courses contain security questions and must be answered correctly within 1 minute. Due to state regulation, we are unable to provide questions/answers. Please be sure to read carefully.

Final Exams must be proctored.  A proctor is a third-party who monitors while you take the exam.

Criminal History Evaluation
Please be advised that a criminal history may make an individual ineligible for an occupational license. Anyone concerned about the effect their criminal history may have on their ability to get an occupational license may request a criminal history evaluation prior to enrolling in courses or applying for a real estate, inspector or appraiser license. Please refer to the 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. This form is recommended for individuals with any criminal offenses, unpaid judgments, who have had discipline taken against a professional or occupational license, or who have performed unlicensed activity.

Governing Agency

Name: Texas Real Estate Commission
Phone: 5129363000
Fax: 5129363863
Address: 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 400 Stephen F. Austin Building Austin, TX 78701

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.