STEPS TO GETTING A TEXAS REAL ESTATE LICENSE

HOW IT WORKS

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is the state agency that governs real estate practices in the state of Texas. TREC is responsible for licensing real estate service providers in Texas to ensure they are qualified to advise consumers about these transactions.

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 administer 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: more details below

  1. Take the six (6) TREC-required Pre-licensing courses (We offer this in a 7-Course package that includes the exam prep course)
  2. Once you have completed your courses and received all six (6) Course Completion Certificates, submit the following to TREC:
    1. Application for Inactive Salesperson License;
    2. Salesperson Sponsorship Form.
      Both Forms can be found on TREC’s website at: http://www.trec.state.tx.us. Click “Applications” tab at top of page
    3. Copies of Certificates of Completion (DO NOT submit the originals). Keep these for future reference.
  3. Receive TREC eligibility letter
  4. Get Fingerprinted
  5. Get background check
  6. Schedule state exam with PearsonVUE
  7. Take state exam
  8. Receive license in the mail

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 documents@trec.texas.gov or fax them to 512-936-3863 with a copy of your completed application.

TO MAIL

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

The Texas Real Estate Commission has established the requirements for qualification for a real estate salesperson or broker license. If you have filed an application and met TREC’s qualifications, you have one year from the date the application was filed to pass your examination.

TEXAS RESIDENTS

You must pass both the state and national portions of the Texas real estate exam. However, if you currently hold an active license in another state and passed the national portion of an exam that is ARELLO approved, the national portion of the exam may be waived.

FINGERPRINT AND CRIMINAL HISTORY REQUIREMENTS

Pursuant to §1101.3521 of the Texas Real Estate License Act, any person applying for a broker or salesperson license must be fingerprinted specifically for TREC and pass a background history check before a license will issue.

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.

ELECTRONIC FINGERPRINTING

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.

The exam reservation must be made by following the instructions on page 4.

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 http://www.trec.texas.gov.

FINGERPRINTING FOR TEXAS NON-RESIDENTS

Applicants who reside outside of Texas may have an option to be fingerprinted in a location near them during the registration process through MorphoTrust. If this option is unavailable, applicants must print the waiver at the end of the online registration and contact TREC to request a TREC-specific Hard Card. This Hard Card contains coding that the DPS and FBI require. Fingerprints submitted on a generic card will be rejected because the generic card does not include TREC-specific information. The TREC-specific card is available at the TREC offices in Austin and through the mail upon request at information@trec.texas.gov.

TESTING

TREC has chosen PearsonVue to administer the state licensing exam.

WHO IS PEARSONVUE?

The Texas Real Estate Commission has established the requirements for qualification for a salesperson or broker license. Applicants should read the PearsonVUE candidate handbook, and any other information provided by the Texas Real Estate Commission before making a reservation for any licensing examination. Applicants must meet all education and experience requirements if applicable and receive an eligibility letter from TREC before they make an examination reservation.

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