Steps to Get Your Real Estate Sales Agent License in Texas
The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) requries you to complete the following four steps to earn and maintain a Texas Real Estate Sales Agent License. View the steps below or click the infographic to help visualize the process.
Steps Required to Get Your Texas Real Estate License
- You must be at least 18 years old to get started.
- You must be a resident of the state of Texas
- You must be a U.S. citizen or a lawfully admitted alien
Pass a Background Check
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.
Complete the Required Pre-Licensing Education
You must first complete the required 180-hours of pre-licensing courses from a TREC-approved education provider. This 180 hours includes six 30-hour courses offered by VanEd.
Texas Sales Agent Education Requirements
Pass the Pre-License Course Final Exam
When you have completed each of the 6 courses in the 180-Hour Licensing Package, you must pass a course final exam that will help prepare you to pass the licensing exam.
Apply for a License
Apply for a real estate license with the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) using TREC's online licensing service.
Pass the State Licensing Exam
Once TREC approves your application, you will need to schedule your exam and obtain a Candidate Handbook. The Texas Real Estate Exam is administere by Person Vue.
- National Portion: 85 questions with a 150-minute time allowance
- State Portion: 40 questions and a 90-minute time allowance
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Texas Real Estate License?
The total cost to become a Texas real estate agent varies. Here is a breakdown of what you should expect to pay to get a license.
- 180-Hour Pre-License Courses: $350 - $1,000 (VanEd offers the full 180-Hour Package plus Exam Prep for only $369)
- Texas State Application Fee: $350
- Licensing Exam Fee: $54
Texas Sales Agent Education Requirements
If you are seeking a Texas Sales Agent License, TREC (Texas Real Estate Commission) requires the following qualifying education classes (180 hours in total) before taking the real esate exam and applying for a license
- Principles of Real Estate I (30 credit hours)
- Principles of Real Estate II (30 credit hours)
- Real Estate Finance (30 credit hours)
- Law of Contracts (30 credit hours)
- Law of Agency (30 credit hours)
- Promulgated Contract Forms (30 credit hours)
Full 180-Hour TREC-Required Course Package Information
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.
TREC-Required Course Timing
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 Licensing 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 1-361-208-0620
or an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternate Education or Prior Experience
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 SAE Post-License Education Requirements
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.
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.