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Texas Real Estate State Requirements

Texas Real Estate State Requirements

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Salesperson Licensing

Requirements to Obtain a Salesperson License:

  • An individual must be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older and a legal resident of Texas.
  • Have successfully completed 180 hours of required education including:
    • Real Estate Principles (60 classroom hours)
    • Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
    • Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
    • Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 classroom hours)
    • Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours). (Related course credit may no longer be used to meet education requirements for a salespersons license).
  • File your application:  https://www.trec.texas.gov/become-licensed/sales-agent
  • Education course completion documents must be submitted to TREC after applying online or with your paper application.
  • You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted.
  • Once your application has been received, processed and education is satisfied, the applicant will be notified of eligibility to sit for the examination.  License examinations are administered by a national testing service contracted by TREC / TALCB.  The exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administor 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 adminission to a testing site.  The name on the identification must match the name on the application for a license.  The examination must be passed within one year from the date the application is filed with TREC.  Effective 01/01/16, if you fail the exam more than three times, additional education will be necessary.
  • Before you can practice as a licensed salesperson you must arrange for a Texas real estate broker holding an active license to sponsor you as a salesperson. Applicants and inactive salespersons are not authorized to act as real estate agents.  While you are not required to have a sponsoring broker to file an application for a license, a Salesperson Sponsorship Form is included with the application materials. If you wish, you may file the sponsorship request along with the application. Once all licensing requirements have been satisfied, TREC will send an active salesperson license to the broker, and you may act for the broker on receipt of the 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 the possession of your sponsoring broker.

A criminal history may make an individual ineligible for a license.  Please find TREC's criminal history eligibility guidelines set out in Texas Occupations Code §53.025 and TREC Rule 541.1.   Potential applicants may request a criminal history evaluation by submitting a completed Moral Character Determination Form to TREC prior to applying for a license.

Broker Licensing

Requirements to Obtain a Broker License:

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

A. 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.

B. 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.

C. 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.

  • File your application to become an individual real estate broker:  https://www.trec.texas.gov/become-licensed/individual-real-estate-broker
  • 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.
  • Provide fingerprints, pursuant to §1101.3521 of the Real Estate License Act, and pass your background check.
  • License examinations are administered by Pearson VUE, 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.
  • 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.

Salesperson Renewing Under the SAE (Sales Agent Apprentice Education) requirement

  • All active and inactive salespersons, who are under the  Sales Agent Apprentice Education (SAE) requirement, must show evidence of having completed a minimum of 90 hours in qualifying real estate education and 4 hours in Legal Update I and 4 hours in Legal Update II prior to the first two year license term, for a total of 278 hours by the end of the second year of licensure. Evidence of successful course completion must be posted to the TREC computer system prior to the online renewal process or the license will expire. Evidence of course completion cannot be submitted during the online renewal process. You may use the  SAE Cover Sheet, and you must submit your hours at least 10 days prior to the date you wish to renew online. Course completion certificates may be mailed to or faxed to TREC's Education Section at (512) 936-3863. Please allow 10 business days for processing.

Salesperson MCE Renewal (Not subject to SAE Requirements)

  • As of 1/1/2016 all active salespersons not subject to Salesperson Apprentice Education (SAE) requirements are required to complete MCE for an active license renewal. The MCE requirement is 18 classroom (clock) hours of TREC approved MCE courses. This must include the non-elective 4-hour Legal Update I course, the 4-hour Legal Update II course, and 10 hours of approved CE elective topics.   A licensee cannot obtain credit for a course that was not approved for MCE at the time the course was conducted. A course may not be repeated for credit during the same license period. Providers are allowed 10 days to submit proof of course taken.
    • 4 hours Legal Update I
    • 4 hours Legal Update II
    • 10 hours of elective credit 
  • MCE course providers are responsible for notifying TREC when a licensee has completed an MCE course. However, if you are seeking MCE elective credit for the following types of courses, you must forward your documentation to TREC:
    • Core real estate course
    • Out of state continuing education course
    • A course approved by the State Bar of Texas for MCLE participatory credit

Broker MCE Renewal

  • A broker or a designated broker of a business entity, who sponsor one of more sales agents during their current license period or a delegated supervisor of one or more license holders for a period of six months or more during the supervisors current license period, must also attend a 6 hour Continuing Education (CE) Broker Responsibility course.  
  • All active brokers are required to complete MCE for an active license renewal. As of 1/1/2016, the MCE requirement is 18 classroom (clock) hours of TREC approved MCE courses. Fourteen of the 18 hours must include the non-elective 6-hour Broker Responsibility course, 4-hour Legal Update I course, a 4-hour Legal Update II, plus 4 hours of approved CE elective topics.   A licensee cannot obtain credit for a course that was not approved for MCE at the time the course was conducted. A course may not be repeated for credit during the same license period. Providers are allowed 10 days to submit proof of course taken.
    • 6 hours Broker Responsibility 
    • 4 hours Legal Update I
    • 4 hours Legal Update II
    • 4 hours CE elective topics 
  • MCE course providers are responsible for notifying TREC when a licensee has completed an MCE course. However, if you are seeking MCE elective credit for the following types of courses, you must forward your documentation to TREC:
    • Core real estate course
    • Out of state continuing education course
    • A course approved by the State Bar of Texas for MCLE participatory credit