How to Get Your Real Estate License in Texas


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

Step One: 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 Two: 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 Three: Complete 180 hours of Qualifying Education

Estimated time to complete the courses is 6 weeks. Ask about our discount for first responders and veterans.

You must complete the following courses:

  • Principles of Real Estate I (30 classroom hours); $160
  • Principles of Real Estate II (30 classroom hours); $160
  • Law of Agency (30 classroom hours); $160
  • Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours); $160
  • Promulgated Contract Forms (30 classroom hours); $160
  • Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours); $160

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Step Four: Prepare for Your Licensing Exam

The REALTOR® Academy offers an exam prep course to help you get prepared to pass your Licensing Exam. Take the course online here.

Step Five: Pass the Licensing Exam

Once you receive your approval letter, 10 digit TREC identification number, and information on how to access the Candidate Handbook from Pearson Vue (TREC’s exam administrator), you must sign up to take the national and state exam at any of the three Pearson Vue Professional Center locations in the San Antonio area. You may also call Pearson Vue at 800-997-1248.

Step Six: 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.


Note: Our blended learning courses combine at-home study and instructor-led classroom lessons with chapter quizzes and a proctored exam. The classroom portion of the course is 15-hours. The final (closed-book) exam is proctored and graded at the end of the last day in the classroom. Students are expected to spend 15-hours studying the material independently of the classroom lessons. Students must attend all classroom hours and complete all chapter quizzes in order to take the final exam and complete the course. Exams are proctored using a virtual proctoring system. Hardcopy or eBook textbooks, and one attempt of the exam is included with the cost of each course.

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