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How to Become a Licensed Individual Real Estate Broker

Very Important!

  • Fingerprint Requirements for Brokers and Salespersons applying or renewing on or after January 1, 2008

    1. Education & Experience Requirement

      To be eligible to apply for a real estate Broker License, an individual must furnish the Commission satisfactory evidence of successfully completing the following:

      1. At least four years active experience in Texas as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker during the 60 month period immediately preceding the filing of the application;

        Or

        If licensed as a broker in another state, not less than four years active experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker during the 60 month period immediately preceding the filing of the application.

        AND

        An applicant must demonstrate not less than 3600 points of qualifying practical experience obtained during four out of five years as required by 535.56(b) of the Rules of the Texas Real Estate Commission. One of the supplemental forms promulgated by the commission must be used:

        (1) To report qualifying experience with an application use TREC No. BL-A, Supplement A-Qualifying Experience Report for a Broker License.

        (2) To report qualifying experience after an application for a broker license is filed use TREC NO. BL-B, Supplement B-Qualifying Experience Report for a Broker License after an Application has been filed.

      2. 270 classroom hours of core real estate courses.
        A 30-hour Real Estate Brokerage course must be completed as part of the 270 core hours.

      3. An additional 630 classroom hours in related courses acceptable to the Commission. A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university satisfies all of the "related" education requirements for a brokers license. A copy of the college transcript awarding the degree must be submitted as evidence of completion of the degree.
      4. Effective 09/1/2010 a pre-application education evaluation is no longer available prior to submitting an application. Real estate applicants are no longer required to submit an education evaluation request and receive a notice from the commission that the education requirements have been satisfied prior to submitting an application for a license. The education evaluation request form is eliminated and education course completion documents must be submitted when the application is filed.

        (Note: To find classes, see Core Real Estate License Education Providers for salesperson and broker applicants)


    2. Filing Your Application

      After you have met the experience requirement and completed your education, you may then file and pay for the Application for Broker License by an Individual. Evidence of successful completion of any education that has not been posted to your records with our office should be submitted via credit transcript or certificate and submitted with your application. DO NOT submit original transcripts or course completion documents. Keep the originals for your personal files and send photocopies to the Commission.

      Please apply and pay online for your Real Estate Broker License. The information requested online is the same as on the paper application. If you are filing online, scan and send your education documents electronically to education@trec.state.tx.us or fax them to 512-936-3863 with a copy of your completed application. If submitting your application by mail or in person, please note that an application received without the appropriate fees will be rejected and your check will be returned to you. The following fees should be submitted in ONE PERSONAL CHECK, CASHIERS CHECK OR MONEY ORDER payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission. Cash will not be accepted.
      ALL FEES LISTED BELOW ARE NONREFUNDABLE.

      Fees Required with Real Estate Broker License Application
      Fee
      Amount
      Comment
      Original Application
      $364
      Required for all applicants
      Recovery Trust Account (formerly Recovery Fund)
      $10
      Required for all applicants unless previously paid

      Background Check Fee - All licensees who have been fingerprinted for TREC will have to pay another fee for a background check with each subsequent renewal or application. Licensees who were fingerprinted for a 2008 renewal, application or late renewal, and whose current license expiration is March 31, 2009 or thereafter, must pay the renewal or application fee and an additional fee (currently $31.50) for a subsequent background check. Fees will be returned to licensees who submit incorrect fee amounts (and, for renewals: the license will expire if the correct amount is not timely received.)



    3. Fingerprint Requirements

      Pursuant to §1101.3521 of the Real Estate License Act, any person applying for or renewing a salesperson license must provide their fingerprints. Once the applicant has obtained a TREC entity number the FastPass form may be downloaded from our website at http://www.trec.state.tx.us/FASTPass/ and an appointment must be made through MorphoTrust or through PSI. If fingerprints were submitted for a Texas salespersons license, fingerprints do not need to be resubmitted but the $31.50 fee is required to obtain a background check. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted. A license will not issue if the background check has not been cleared.


    4. Examination Information

      License examinations are administered by PSI, a testing service company. Once your application has been received, processed and accepted, you will receive notification that you may obtain a copy of the Candidate Information Brochure (CIB) to register for the exam. The CIB will provide instructions on how to make reservations to take the examination and contains study material and instructions about licensing. A copy of the CIB can be downloaded from the PSI web site. Please DO NOT attempt to register for the exam without first receiving notification from our office.

      The examination must be passed within one year from the date the application is filed with the commission office.


    5. Investigation May be Needed

      The filing of an application authorizes an investigation of the applicant's background. Information revealed in an investigation may be cause for disapproval of an application even though other requirements for a license are met. If an investigation is necessary, it may not be conducted until the applicant has passed the examination.


    6. Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Repayment History Checked

      State law prohibits the renewal of a license if a licensee has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by TGTM unless the licensee has entered into a repayment agreement with TG. YOU SHOULD CONTACT TG BEFORE FILING THIS APPLICATION if you have defaulted on a student loan. An application or renewal may be rejected if this agency has received information from TGSLC that the applicant has defaulted on a student loan. The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation can be reached at:

      TGTM
      P.O. Box 83100
      Round Rock, Texas 78683-3100
      Telephone: (800) 252-9743
      (in Austin, call 219-5700)


    7. Don't Practice Prior to Licensure

      You are not authorized to perform any act for which a real estate license is required until an ACTIVE Texas Real Estate Commission license is in your possession.

      As noted above in the Filing Your Application section, online applications travel through the system much faster than paper-based applications. The online application process could potentially save you weeks of waiting for a license, due to the delays of regular mail communication and other factors inherent in the paper-based process (such as data entry time and processing of checks).
      Please apply and pay online for your Real Estate Broker License.


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