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How to Become a Licensed Individual Real Estate Broker

  1. Education & Experience Requirements

    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 sales agent or broker during the 60 month period immediately preceding the filing of the application;


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


      Qualifying active experience must total 3600 points and reported on Supplement A or B - Qualifying Experience Report for a Broker's License.

      (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 qualifying real estate courses.
      Courses must include the following mandatory education:

      1. Principles of Real Estate (60 classroom hours)
      2. Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
      3. Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
      4. Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 classroom hours)
      5. Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours)
      6. Real Estate Brokerage (30 classroom hours must be completed within 2 years prior to submitting the broker application)
    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.

      (Note: To find classes, see Qualifying Real Estate License Education Providers for sales agent 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 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.

    Fees Required with Real Estate Broker License Application
    Original Application
    Required for all applicants
    Subsequent background check
    Required for applicants previously fingerprinted for TREC
    Paper Processing Fee
    Required for an application submitted by mail that is available online

    Background Check Fee - All license holders who have been fingerprinted for TREC must pay the $29.75 background check fee with each subsequent renewal or application.

    Any paper document that is submitted for a transaction that is available online must include the required $20 paper processing fee.

  3. Fingerprint Requirements

    Any person applying for or renewing a sales agent license must provide their fingerprints. Once the applicant has obtained a TREC entity number they may schedule an appointment through MorphoTrust. If fingerprints were submitted for a Texas sales agent's license, fingerprints do not need to be resubmitted but the $29.75 fee may be 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 Pearson VUE, a testing service company. Once the complete application is received and processed and education is satisfied, the applicant will be notified of eligibility to sit for the examination. The exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administrator and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook to register for the exam. The Candidate Handbook contains information about the examination, study material, and instructions for making an exam reservation. Two forms of current signature identification are required for admission to a testing site. The name on the identification must match the name on the application for a license. The applicant must pass the examination within one year after the date the application is filed with TREC.

    If the exam is failed three times, 30 hours of qualifying courses are required to be taken for each failed section; State or National. If both sections of the exam are failed, 60 hours will be required.

  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 license holder has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by TGTM unless the license holder 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 TG that the applicant has defaulted on a student loan. The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation can be reached at:

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

  7. Don't Practice Prior to Getting Your Active License

    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.

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