Texas Sales Agent Pre-Licensing TX Real Estate License FAQs

Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in Texas

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in Texas is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

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How long does it take to get a Texas real estate license?

The amount of time to get your Texas real estate license is dependent on a number of factors, though most complete the requirements within four months. There are a number of steps to complete which include education, application, exam, fingerprints, background investigation, and sponsorship by an actively licensed Texas real estate broker.

How do I get a Texas real estate license?

  • Complete the 180-hour Pre-Licensing education requirement
  • Fill out the state application for a license and pay all the applicable fees
  • Complete the fingerprint requirements
  • Pass a background check
  • Successfully complete the Texas real estate exam
  • Obtain sponsorship by a real estate broker holding an active license

Can a felon get a Texas real estate license?

Felons will need to pass the "Fitness Determination" portion of licensing prior to approval. Students can complete this form that must be submitted to the Texas Real Estate Commission, where they will review your request.

How do I renew my Texas real estate license?

Prior to the renewal date one must complete the applicable Continuing Education requirements and pay the renewal fee. Continuing Education requirements may differ for those under the Sales Agent Apprentice Education (SAE) requirement.

How much does it cost to get a Texas real estate license?

The total cost to get a Texas real estate license depends on a number of factors. State application and related fees are around $350 for a new sales agent, and the Texas Real Estate Salesperson Exam fee is $43. Pre-Licensing coursework tuition and fees may bring the total in excess of $1,000 depending on where you complete your coursework.

Note: These costs are subject to be changed by the state at any time.

How long is the Texas real estate license exam?

The exam is composed of 110 questions. Two and a half hours are allotted to take the exam.

What is the average salary for a Texas real estate agent?

There is a wide income range when it comes to selling real estate in Texas. Top agents who commonly earn over six figures typically work for successful brokerages, work full-time, and have a few years of experience.

How old do you have to be to get your Texas real estate license?

To become a real estate agent in Texas, applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Where do I take the Texas real estate license exam?

The Texas real estate agent licensing exam is taken at a Pearson VUE testing center. Pearson Vue is an established, third-party testing provider.

What courses are required for a Texas real estate license?

Texas students are required to take 180 hours of Pre-Licensing coursework to become a licensed real estate agent. These 180 hours are broken down into six 30-hour courses that cover a wide range of topics that will educate the candidate and prepare them for their career.

What are the Texas requirements for SAE and Continuing Education?

Texas requires agents in their first renewal cycle to take 98 hours of SAE. Every two years thereafter, Texas real estate agents are required to complete 18 hours of Continuing Education.

Can I get a Texas real estate license online?

Yes, Texas residents can receive their real estate Pre-Licensing education online. The online option has become increasingly popular in recent years.

Does Texas have real estate license reciprocity with any other states?

Texas does not offer reciprocity or any expedited way to real estate licensure for out-of-state agents. All parties interested in Texas licensing will have to take the entire Texas Pre-Licensing course. Current licensees in other states can have the National portion of their Texas real estate licensing exam waived.

For more information about how reciprocity works and which states offer it nationwide, visit our Guide to Reciprocity and Portability.

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