How To Get A Real Estate License In Texas
If you’re looking to get your Texas real estate license online, you’re at the right place. We are a Texas approved education provider with over 30 years and several hundred transactions to our credit. We have listed, sold and invested in HUNDREDS of properties and will get you licensed, then show you how to do the same.
Before you say yes to the fascinating real estate world, let’s cover all the steps to becoming a real estate agent in Texas. And of course, not a regular real estate, but a top producer!
TREC regulates education providers (the real estate schools) and licensees. TREC created the pre-licensing course material prospective agents are required to learn in order for a real estate license to be issued.
The education providers deliver and administers the courses according to TREC guidelines. Once all the courses have been completed, take the state exam.
PearsonVUE is the testing service chosen by TREC to administer the state licensing exam.
Here Are The Steps To Getting A Real Estate License In Texas
The following steps must be completed in order
1) Application for Inactive Salesperson License;
2) Salesperson Sponsorship Form.
*Both Forms can be found on TREC’s website at: https://www.trec.texas.gov/licensing-forms
3) Copies of Certificates of Completion (DO NOT submit the originals) must be emailed to email@example.com. Keep originals for future reference. (The Real Estate Business School does not store certificates). TREC will send you a confirmation email within 1-2 business days of receiving your certificates.
STEP 4: Get Fingerprinted
STEP 5: Get background check
STEP 6: Schedule state exam with PearsonVUE
STEP 7: Take state exam
STEP 8: Receive license in the mail
The Real Estate Business School provides all three levels of education:
- Technical education required for licensure
- Business education clients expect
- Financial education for retirement
- NEW! Mentoring included in the Pre-licensing package.
To File Online
- Go to TREC’s website at: http://www.trec.state.tx.us/onlineservices_status.asp.
- The information requested online is the same as on the paper application. You may either scan and send your education documents electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax them to 512-936-3863 with a copy of your completed application. TREC has a new “Check Application Status” feature located on their home page
To Mail Application
Texas Real Estate Commission 1700 N. Congress Avenue, Suite 400 Austin, TX 78701
NOTE: Filling the application out online will speed up the application process considerably.
Applying For A Real Estate Salesperson’s Or Real Estate Broker’s License
Who Is Pearsonvue?
Fingerprint And Criminal History Requirements
When you pass the examination, your license will not issue until TREC receives your criminal history report from the DPS and the FBI and clears your background history check. TREC encourages applicants to use the electronic fingerprinting process. Electronic fingerprinting is fast and accurate, and in most cases will avoid potential delays in the processing of applications.
All fingerprints taken for TREC at MorphoTrust locations are electronically transmitted to the DPS and the FBI for criminal history background checks. A fingerprint processing fee must be paid to MorphoTrust to cover the cost of the criminal history reports.
When you have received your exam eligibility letter form TREC you may schedule a fingerprint appointment through MorphoTrust. You will need the TREC ID number from the eligibility letter when making your appointment.
Candidates may call (888) 467-2080 (hours – Monday – Friday, 8 AM – 5 PM Central Time) to make a fingerprint reservation or by going online to TREC’s website at https://www.trec.texas.gov/fingerprint-requirements .
Fingerprinting For Texas Non-residents
Topics Covered in the Texas Real Estate Exam
- National section – There are 80 questions that must be answered within 105 minutes.
- State section – There are 30 questions that must be answered in 45 minutes.
Basically, everything you cover in the pre-licensing courses will be included on the exam. In case it’s been a while since you completed the courses, those topics are:
- Real Estate Principles I
- Real Estate Principles II
- Law of Agency
- Law of Contracts
- Promulgated Contract Forms
- Real Estate Finance
- Real property characteristics
- Property use
- Forms of ownership
- Property values and appraisals
- Environmental issues
- Commission duties and powers
- Real estate licensing in Texas
- Ethics and conduct
- Community property
- Landlord-tenant issues
- Homeowners associations