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

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 Live Online or Anytime Online.

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.

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