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 and you have filed your application and received your notice from TREC, schedule your the state exam.
PearsonVUE is the testing service chosen by TREC to administer the state licensing exam.
REQUIREMENTS FOR A LICENSE
- Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
- 18 years of age or older
- Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity
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 (middle of page on left side).
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.
Here are the steps to getting a real estate license in Texas: more details below
If you have any criminal offenses, unpaid judgments, had discipline taken against a professional or occupational license, or have performed unlicensed activity you should considering requesting a Fitness Determination BEFORE applying for your license. The FD process is significantly less expensive (currently $50) than paying for an application, examination, and education necessary to receive a license.
Before you apply for a license, you can request that the Commission make a fitness determination to see if you meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Here is the link for the Fitness Determination form and fee: https://www.trec.texas.gov/sites/default/files/pdf-forms/FD-188.8.131.52.pdf
The following steps must be completed in order:
STEP 1: Take the six (6) TREC-required Pre-licensing courses (We offer this in a 7-Course package that includes the exam prep course)
STEP 2: Once you have completed your courses and received all six (6) Course Completion Certificates, submit the following to TREC:
- Application for Inactive Salesperson License;
- Salesperson Sponsorship Form.
*Both Forms can be found on TREC’s website at: https://www.trec.texas.gov/licensing-forms
- 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 3: Receive TREC eligibility letter which is emailed to you within 2-3 weeks of submitting your completed application. (This letter will have an ID number needed for Steps 4-6).
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
APPLYING FOR A REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON’S OR REAL ESTATE BROKER’S LICENSE
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
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.