How to Get a Texas Real Estate Sales Agent License

Education Requirements and Exam Information
How to Get a Texas Real Estate License in 2020

Steps to Get Your TX Sales Agent License in 2020

2020 TREC-Approved Pre-License Courses

All VanEd Texas Pre-License courses are approved and meet the latest Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) requirements for course content and online delivery.

You have one full year to complete your coursework in our new and improved student learning environment. Call, chat or post in the coursework Q&A and a member of the VanEd team will assist you. We are proud to be your educational partner and believe that our commitment to you and Texas Real Estate shows in our exceptional pass rates and world-class customer service.

Steps to Obtain and Maintain a Texas Real Estate Sales Agent License

To obtain and maintain a Texas Real Estate License, there are several steps:

  1. Meet TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity by getting fingerprinted and passing a background check. Applicants can request a “Fitness Determination” before applying for a license. Please see the TREC website regarding these requirements:
  2. Complete the required pre-licensing education (see applicable rules below).
  3. Apply for a real estate license with the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and pass the state administered licensing exam.
  4. Complete the required SAE / post-licensing education in order to maintain and renew your Texas real estate license (see rules below).

Texas Sales Agent Real Estate License Education Requirements

If you are seeking a Texas Sales Agent License, TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) requires completion of certain classes before you take the real estate licensing exam.

The applicant must complete the following qualifying education classes (180 hours in total) before applying for a Texas real estate License.

  1. Principles of Real Estate I (30 credit hours)
  2. Principles of Real Estate II (30 credit hours)
  3. Real Estate Finance (30 credit hours)
  4. Law of Contracts (30 credit hours)
  5. Law of Agency (30 credit hours)
  6. Promulgated Contract Forms (30 credit hours)

Full 180-Hour TREC-Required Course Package Information

Important Note

Per TREC regulations, you cannot complete more than 12 hours per day in Pre-License coursework. Starting and completing more than one qualifying course within the same 3 days does not comply with Commission rules. Additionally, TREC will only allow a student to take course at a time – In other words, the 180 hour course should take no fewer than 18 days to complete – And you should take at least 3 days to complete each 30 hour course. As you move through the VanEd Texas Pre License coursework, you will be timed and we will notify you if you need to spend more time in the course. Questions? Give us a call at 800-455-8348 or an email at

Alternate Education or Prior Experienc

All applicants must complete the coursework listed above from a Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) approved education provider. Alternate, substitute or related coursework is not allowed for application toward a Texas real estate license.

In general, the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) will not accept a license from another state, or prior experience in real estate brokerage or any related business as satisfaction of education/experience required for a license.

Texas Post-License or SAE Required Education

The initial licensing period is two (2) years. In order to renew your Texas real estate license, you are required to complete 90 hours of Qualifying (SAE) courses and two 4-hour TREC Legal Update courses within that two year period. You are allowed to select any Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) approved SAE or Qualifying courses not already completed during pre-licensing. The new sales agent may also need to take the 6 hour Broker Responsibility course to satisfy SAE requirements if the broker has assigned them to be a supervisor during the 6-months prior to SAE renewal.