How to Get Your Real Estate License in Texas


  • Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Legal Resident of Texas
  • Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

Step One: Complete 180 hours of Qualifying Education

Estimated time to complete the courses is 6 weeks

You must complete the following courses:

  • 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 Contract Forms (30 classroom hours)
  • Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours)

To get started, contact The Real Estate School at SABOR at 210-593-1200 or

Step Two: File an Application with TREC to Become a Sales Agent

Submit an application and fee to the Texas Real Estate Commission to become a Sales Agent. This may be done online, through email or by U.S. mail. As part of the process, you will submit your education pass letters/certificates to TREC at

Estimated Time to Complete Application Process is 2-4 Weeks

Step Three: Get Fingerprints Taken and Pass the Background Check

The law requires fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. A license will only be issued if the background check is passed.  You will need a TREC entity number to make an appointment. See the TREC fingerprint requirements here.

Step Four: Pass the Licensing Exam

Once you receive your approval letter, 10 digit TREC identification number, and Candidate Information Brochure (CIB) from TREC, you must sign up to take the national and state exam at any of the three Pearson Professional Center locations in the San Antonio area. You may also call Pearson at 800-997-1248.

Step Five: Choose a Broker to Sponsor Your License

You must be sponsored by an active Texas licensed broker to work. Once you have an active Texas licensed broker sponsor you, your active license will be issued.