Texas Real Estate Broker License Requirements – What You Need to Know
Learn the information about how to get a Texas broker license
Need information about becoming a Texas real estate broker? Get the answers to your questions in one convenient place. We’ve compiled the Texas real estate broker license requirements based on information from the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC). If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at (800) 617-3513.
What are the eligibility requirements?
To be eligible to apply for a Texas real estate broker license, you must meet the following criteria:
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a legal resident of Texas
- Be a U.S. citizen (or lawfully admitted alien)
What are the education and experience requirements to apply for a Texas broker license?
To be eligible to apply for a Texas real estate broker License, you must provide TREC with evidence of successfully completing the following:
- At least two years of active experience in Texas as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker during the 96 month period immediately preceding the filing of the application
- If licensed as a broker in another state, not less than two years active experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker during the 36 month period immediately preceding the filing of the application
- 270 classroom hours of core real estate courses
Please note: If you file a broker application on or after Jan. 1, 2008, a 30-hour Real Estate Brokerage course must be completed as part of the 270 core hours
- An additional 630 classroom hours in related courses acceptable to TREC
Please note: A bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university may satisfy 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.
- Important: Effective September 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.
How do you file an application?
After you have met the experience requirement and completed your education, you may then file and pay for your application (“Application for broker License by an Individual”). If you have not provided evidence of successful completion of your education, you need to submit your transcripts or certificate with your application (TREC recommends copies, not originals).
Applications and fees may be submitted online. Please check with TREC for the appropriate fees and payment methods.
When should you take the exam?
The broker license exam is 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.
Please note: The examination must be passed within six months from the date the application is filed with the commission office.
TREC provides additional information about a background investigation and check on a Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Repayment History on their website.
Can you practice prior to licensure?
Per TREC, 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.
Start today! The sooner you get started, the sooner you will complete the steps to become a Texas real estate broker!