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How Do I Get My Illinois Real Estate License?

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If you're considering starting a real estate career in Chicago, Aurora, Rockford, Joliet, Naperville or any other city in the state, you'll need to earn an Illinois real estate license.To earn your real estate license in Illinois, you must be 21 years old (or be 18 and meet an education requirement), possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent, complete 90 hours of required education, and pass the Illinois real estate licensing exam. While the process to become a real estate agent is similar in most states, each state has unique steps that must be adhered to. The three steps to becoming an Illinois real estate agent are as follows:

Step 1: Be of a Certain Age and Meet Education Requirements

You must be at least 21 years of age, or 18 if you have attained the education required in section 5-27, provide a high school graduation certificate or its equivalent (GED) and be a legal US citizen or permanent resident alien.

Step 2: Register for and Complete 75 hours of Required Education

In order to apply for the Illinois Real Estate License Exam, the state requires you to complete 75 hours of state-approved real estate courses. Kaplan Real Estate Education offers education options that fulfill the 75-hour requirement.

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Step 3: Take and Pass the Illinois Real Estate License Exam

You will need a scaled score of 75 or better to pass your exam. But as a Kaplan student, you will be confident and prepared for the exam. You can find more information about the exam on IDFPR's website. If your required education package did not include exam prep, we highly recommend you enroll in: