How to Get Your Real Estate License in Texas

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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

  1. 1. Meet Texas Real Estate License requirements.
    • You must be at least 18 years old, a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, a resident of Texas, and meet TREC's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity in order to receive your real estate license in Texas.
  2. 2. Complete 180 hours in real estate qualifying education courses - Enroll Today
    • Principles of Real Estate I (30 hours)
    • Principles of Real Estate II (30 hours)
    • Law of Agency (30 hours)
    • Law of Contracts (30 hours)
    • Promulgated Contract Forms (30 hours)
    • Real Estate Finance (30 hours)
    Note: Credits from a related course may no longer be used to meet education requirements for a sales agent license. Education course completion documents must be submitted when the application is filed.
  3. 3. File and pay for the Inactive Sales Agent License application. You have one year from the date your application is filed to meet all license requirements.
    • Apply and pay for your Inactive Sales Agent License either online or by mail using a paper application (subject to a $20 paper filing fee and longer processing time).
    • Pay all fees when you submit your application. TREC accepts payment via one personal check, cashiers check or money order payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission. Do not send cash. Fees are nonrefundable.
    • Original application fee: $205, required for all applicants.
    • Real Estate Recovery fee: $10, due on initial applications for a license.
    • Background check fee: $38.25, paid to Morpho Trust if the applicant has not previously been fingerprinted for TREC, OR
    • Subsequent background check fee: $28.25, required for applicants who have been previously fingerprinted for TREC.
    • Scan and email your education documents to documents@trec.texas.gov or fax them to 512-936-3864 with a copy of your Online Payment Summary page.
    Note: Submit copies of either credit transcripts or certificates as evidence of successful completion. Keep the originals for your personal files and send copies to TREC.
  4. 4. Take and pass the license exam.
    • License exams are administered by PearsonVUE. You will be sent a notice with instructions for scheduling the exam and obtaining a copy of the exam Candidate Handbook.
    • If you fail the exam three times, additional education will be necessary.
  5. 5. Before you can practice as a Texas real estate agent, you must arrange for a Texas real estate broker holding an active license to sponsor you as a sales agent. Applicants and inactive sales agents are not authorized to act as a real estate license holder. Here are your two options:
    • File the sponsorship request along with the application, OR
    • File the application and arrange for sponsorship after TREC notifies you that you have been issued an inactive license.

Online Limitations

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 are closed note/closed book and 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.

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.

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

Texas Real Estate: Broker

Broker applicants are required to successfully complete 270 hours of qualifying education; which must include Real Estate Brokerage (30 hours), Principles of Real Estate (60 hours), Law of Agency (30 hours), Law of Contracts (30 hours), Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 hours), and Real Estate Finance (30 hours).

The remaining 630 elective hours must be in related courses acceptable to the Board.

A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college will satisfy the 630 hour requirement. Acceptable proof is a college transcript that includes the degree earned. A copy of a college diploma will not be accepted. Pre and post-licensing education will count toward the 270-hour qualifying education requirement.

Online Limitations

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 are closed note/closed book and 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.