TREC QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:
FOR OBTAINING YOUR LICENSE
1. Eligibility: To be eligible to apply for a Texas
Real Estate 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.
2. Take Courses: To be eligible to apply
for a Texas Real Estate Salesperson License an
individual must furnish the Texas Real Estate
Commission (TREC) satisfactory evidence of
successfully completing the following education.
a. Principles of Real Estate I and II "Core" real
estate course (60 hrs)
b. Law of Agency "Core" real estate course
c. Law of Contracts "Core" real estate course (30 hrs)
d. Texas Promulgated Contracts (30 hrs)
e. Finance I
A total of 180 hours are required. This
is a new requirement as of September 1, 2012..
If you enrolled in Texas Real Estate License courses prior to September 1, 2012 and you did not file your application to TREC prior to September 1, 2012, then you will need an additional course, Texas Promulgated Contracts. Additionally, the elective course must be Finance I.
3. File Application: The
following required fees must be submitted at the
time of filing an application. The following fees can be paid with a major credit card online during your application. The filing of the application can be done prior to completing your courses. This will speed up the approval process with TREC.
your Salesperson Application online here
|Fees Required with
Real Estate Salesperson License
||Required for all applicants
|Recovery Trust Account
||Required for all applicants
4. Fingerprints: Any person applying for or renewing a broker or salesperson license on or after January 1, 2008 will need provide their fingerprints to TREC. Once fingerprints are on file with DPS, a licensee will not need to be fingerprinted for subsequent renewals. Fingerprinting services should be available at most PSI locations that administer certification examinations for TREC. You must obtain a FAST Print Pass from TREC in order to be fingerprinted at a PSI location.
L-1 Enrollment Services is the vendor that handles the collecting and submitting of fingerprints to the FBI via the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). L-1 gathers the fingerprints and takes a photograph. To have your fingerprints taken by IBT requires an appointment.
Note that you must first obtain a FAST Fingerprint Pass from TREC in order to make an appointment with L-1. L-1 has locations all over Texas.
Click here to obtain a Fast Fingerprint Pass
L-1 fingerprinting locations
5. Take Final Exam. License
examinations are administered by PSI.
Once your application has been received, processed
and accepted, a Candidate Information Brochure
(CIB) will be mailed to you within 48 hours. The
CIB will provide all the information and instructions
for making a reservation to take the examination.
The CIB also contains study material and instructions
about licensing (Note: you may download a copy
of the CIB from PSI's web site via the Candidate
Info. Brochure link in the menu on the left side
of this web page).
Schedule your test with PSI
Test registration FAQ's here
Texas Real Estate Commission - TREC
6. Sponsoring Broker: 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 sponsorship request 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 may also file the
application and arrange for sponsorship after TREC
notifies you that you have been issued an inactive
license. Once a broker holding an active license
has mailed a request to TREC to act as your sponsor,
you may begin to act for the broker as a salesperson.
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.
law prohibits issuing more than one license once
a licensee has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed
by the Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
(TGSLC) unless the licensee has entered into a
repayment agreement with TGSLC. YOU SHOULD CONTACT
TGSLC 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 contacted at:
Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation
P.O. Box 15996
Austin, Texas 78761-5996
time involved in processing an application depends
on work volume. Inquiry as to the status of an
application delays processing work. Inquiry should
not be made unless there is reason to believe that
information submitted to the Commission has not
incomplete application will not be returned for
completion. A letter will be mailed requesting
the incomplete information.
examination must be passed within six months from
the date the application is filed with the commission
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.
Fingerprint Requirements for Brokers and Salespersons as of January 1, 2008
Anyone applying for or renewing a broker or salesperson license on or after January 1, 2008 must get fingerprinted in connection with the application. Fingerprints are required so that the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) can conduct a criminal history check with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). A criminal history check will be conducted on every applicant for a license and every time a real estate salesperson or broker license is renewed. Once fingerprints are on file with DPS, a licensee will not need to be fingerprinted for subsequent renewals.
- Fingerprints that an applicant or licensee may have submitted for any other reason, such as previous employment or for a state issued license, will not be acceptable for TREC licensure.
- You will receive a notice from TREC with information you will need to schedule your fingerprint appointment on the web or by telephone.
- The fingerprints must be in the FBI’s required format and must be taken at an authorized DPS site. Currently, there are 70 locations statewide where electronic fingerprints can be taken.
- If you are renewing your license, you should get your fingerprints taken at least ten (10) days before your license expiration date to avoid any renewal delay and assure continued licensure.
- If you fail to get your fingerprints taken before your license expires, you will have to submit a late renewal application form and pay a higher fee to get a new license.
- If you are applying for a license, you must get your fingerprints taken within 6 months of the date of you first applied or your application will terminate.
- TREC cannot issue or renew a license until it has confirmation that your fingerprints have been submitted to DPS in the required form.
** Rebate forms must be received by
us no later than 12/31/06. Rebate expires 1/15/07. Only one $59 rebate per student.