Texas Real Estate License Frequently Asked Questions

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

The entire process from taking the required education to obtaining your license takes anywhere from 3 to 5 months. All students have one year of coursework activation.

How do I get a Texas real estate license?

  1. Individuals must first meet the following qualifications:

      Citizen of the United States or lawfully admitted alien
      A DACA recipient does not qualify as a lawfully admitted alien
      18 years of age or older
      Meet TREC's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness. and integrity
      --Consider requesting a Fitness Determination before applying for the license.

  2. Complete the required 180-hour TREC Required Pre-license Program.

  3. Pass the Pre-License Course Final Exams (Six courses total for the entire 180-Hour Program).

  4. File your application on TREC's site – your application must be approved prior to you being allowed to sit for the state licensing exam.

  5. Get your Fingerprints taken and pass your background check (your fingerprints must be on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed. Fingerprint on file for other agencies will not be accepted. A license will not issue if the background check has not been passed. Expect a delay if you are notified of an investigation into your background history.

  6. Pass the Texas Real Estate Exam with a score of 70% or higher

Texas Licensing Requirements

What if I fail the Pre-License Course Final Exam for one or more of the six required courses?

Per TREC regulations, students may take the Final Exam twice before they are required to restart the entire course (some schools/providers require that a fee be paid – VanEd does not require this).

What if I fail the Texas real estate exam?

You may retake the Texas real estate exam again (there is a fee involved). If you fail the exam three times, additional education will be necessary.

Where are the Texas real estate exam locations?

There are several exam locations throughout Texas; check with Pearson Vue for the most up-to-date list of locations or view our list of test locations and practice questions to help you get ready for your test.

What is the state governing body for Texas real estate?

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) is the governing body for Texas Real Estate

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

Fees Cost
180-Hour Pre-License Courses $350.00 - $1,000.00
State Exam Fee $43.00
Texas Real Estate License Application Fee $185.00
Finger-Printing (estimated) $38.25
Recovery Trust Fund $10.00
Total (varies based on price of qualifying education) $626.25 - $1,276.25

What is TREC'S 'Proctor Requirement'?

TREC requires that all Final Exams for Pre-license coursework and SAE (Post-license) coursework be proctored, or monitored by a non-related person. Every provider must seek approval individually, and VanEd's proctor method is one of the easiest and most flexible.

There are two options when selecting a proctor:

  1. Pre-approved Proctor (Notary Public (there may be a fee to use a Notary), Librarian, or member of the Clergy;

  2. Third Parties may obtain approval by filling out the Proctor Approval form (available inside your student account) and sending a signed copy of that into VanEd with a copy of a valid government form of I.D. (sent to proctor@vaned.com). The following are examples of acceptable third party proctors:

    1. Employees at official testing or learning/tutoring centers;
    2. Librarians at a school, university, or public library;
    3. College or university administrators, faculty, or academic advisors;
    4. Clergy who are affiliated with a specific temple, synagogue, mosque, or church;
    5. Educational officers of a military installation or correctional facility.

* Please note that you may not take the Final until the Provider (VanEd) has approved your Proctor.

All proctors must be present when you take the Final Exam for each of the six courses in Pre-License and any SAE course. A signed Proctor and Student Affidavit (available inside your student account) must be filled out and sent to VanEd after you've passed the Final Exam.

Once the Affidavits have been approved, your Certificate of Completion will be released.

VanEd DOES NOT require you to go to a Proctor Center – you may choose to, but often there is a fee associated with this. VanEd has received approval for the format of Proctors where you don't need to seek out a Proctor center or pay anything additional.