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 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: more details below
Moral Character Determination
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 Moral Character Determination BEFORE applying for your license. The MCD 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 determine whether your moral character meets TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Here is the link for the form and fee. https://www.trec.texas.gov/forms/moral-character-determination
The following steps must be completed in order.
- Take the six (6) TREC-required Pre-licensing courses (We offer this in a 7-Course package that includes the exam prep course)
- 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/agency-information/forms-and-contracts. Click “Applications” tab at top of page
- Copies of Certificates of Completion (DO NOT submit the originals) must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Keep these for future reference. (The Real Estate Business School does not store certificates).
- Receive TREC eligibility letter. (This letter will have an ID number needed for steps 4-6).
- Get Fingerprinted
- Get background check
- Schedule state exam with PearsonVUE
- Take state exam
- 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 email@example.com 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.
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
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.
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
TREC has chosen PearsonVue to administer the state licensing exam.