Texas Real Estate License: What To Know
If you’re interested in becoming a real estate agent in Texas, there are several different requirements to meet, including pre-license qualifications, educational requirements and post-exam responsibilities. The educational piece of the license can be difficult and time-consuming. However, with our online real estate course, you can study at your own pace and in your own home. Here ‘s where to start:
- Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
- 18 years of age or older
- Resident of Texas
- Pass a course final and state licensing exam
- Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
Texas Mandatory Pre-licensing Course
The first step in becoming a real estate agent in Texas is to complete 180 hours of Texas real estate license courses and to pass the final exam for each of these courses. 180 hours of real estate license courses breaks down into:
- Principles of Real Estate I (30 classroom hours)
- Principles of Real Estate II (30 classroom hours)
- Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
- Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
- Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 classroom hours)
- Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours)
If you don’t have the time or schedule flexibility to take these courses in person, a great alternative is to take these classes online, which allows you to study when and where you want.
Course Final Exam
At the end of your coursework you must pass a proctored final exam with a score of 70% or better. The 180 hours of course work that you previously completed will help to prepare you for this exam. If you took this course through our online system, our administrators will also help you schedule it.
Texas Licensing Examination
After you have taken both the pre-licensing courses and exam, it’s time for the Texas licensing examination. Students that have completed our Texas real estate pre-license course have exceptionally high first time passing rates on their state licensing exams.
File Your Application
Next, apply for your license. You can either do this online through Texas Real Estate Commission or apply by mail.
Fingerprints & Background Check
The Texas Department of Public Safety requires that you have fingerprints on file so that a background check can be completed. In the state of Texas, a background check is mandatory before a license can be issued.
Find a Sponsor
Once you have met these requirements, you will be given an inactive license. The last step in the process is to find an active Texas licensed broker to sponsor you. The Texas Real Estate Commission allows you to complete a sponsorship request through its site. When your request has been accepted, you will have an active license, allowing you to work as a real estate agent.
You can complete a sponsorship request here.