Texas Real Estate License & Exam Requirements

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

  • Complete the required pre-licensing education (see applicable rules below).
  • Apply for a real estate license with the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) and pass the state administered licensing exam.
  • Complete the required SAE / post-licensing education in order to maintain and renew your Texas real estate license (see rules below).

Texas Salespersons' Pre-License Requirements

If you are seeking a Texas Salesperson's 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 core classes (180 hours in total) before applying for a Texas real estate License.

  1. Principles of Real Estate (60 classroom hours)
  2. Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
  3. Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
  4. Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours)
  5. Promulgated Contract Forms (30 classroom hours)

Important Course Approval Note

The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) requires that all distance education or online licensing classes be designed around a new content outline, and pass a stringent independent approval by ARELLO (learn more about ARELLO). All of the VanEd Texas real estate classes listed above meet and exceed these rigorous standards.

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 Post - License CORE / 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 Core (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 Core courses not already completed during pre-licensing.

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