Texas Real Estate Agent License FAQs

Looking for answers about getting or renewing your Texas real estate license online? We're happy to help you understand the process.

Read on for some of the most frequently asked questions about our online courses for pre-licensing and license renewal in Texas. If we don’t answer your question here, please call 1-866-971-7477 or email our customer support team.

Are your courses certified by the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC)?

Yes. Our TREC-approved courses are provided by State Continuing Education (#0640) in association with Midwestern State University (#0209/#0304).

Can I complete my pre-licensing or license renewal courses entirely online?

Yes. You can access all your course materials online, and we offer an online proctoring option that allows you to take the exams for 30-hour courses on your computer.

What are the eligibility requirements to become a real estate agent in Texas?

To become a real estate sales agent in Texas, you must be:

  • A United States citizen or a lawful permanent resident
  • A Texas resident
  • 18 years of age or older

You must also complete 180 hours of real estate courses from a TREC-approved education provider, pass the state exam, and get sponsored by a licensed broker. All applicants must pass a background check and meet TREC's standards for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.

Do I need to pass a background check to become a licensed real estate agent?

Yes. Those with a criminal background or a history of unprofessional behavior should not purchase pre-licensing courses until they receive approval from TREC.

If you are enrolling in real estate sales agent pre-license courses, we are required to notify you that the real estate sales agent license requires a criminal history check. A criminal history may make you ineligible for a real estate sales agent license. You may request a criminal history evaluation prior to enrolling in courses or applying for a real estate license. Criminal history eligibility guidelines are set out in Texas Occupations Code §53.025 and TREC Rule 541.1.

You may request a criminal history evaluation by submitting a completed Moral Character Determination Form to TREC prior to enrolling in courses or applying for a license.

If you have any questions regarding criminal history guidelines, criminal history background checks, or the Moral Character Determination Form, please contact TREC directly at (512) 936-3000.

How do I access Exam Prep resources?

Students who purchase the Ultimate Pre-License Package for Sales Agents can prepare for the state licensing exam with bonus study materials from REcampus. After you register for your courses, you will receive an email from REcampus with instructions on how to log in to your account and get started.

Can I take the state licensing exam online?

No. You need to make an appointment at an official testing center when you complete your pre-licensing education and you're ready to take the state exam for your real estate agent license.

Can I print my digital textbooks?

You can print textbooks and course supplements for any course that is less than 30 hours. Textbooks for 30-hour courses are copyrighted by the publisher and cannot be printed. If you prefer to learn using print materials, you can order course textbooks for an additional fee.

How much time do I have to complete the education courses?

Students must complete all their courses within six months of purchasing a course package.

What can I expect on the course exams?

For 30-hour courses, you can take the exam three days after starting the course. The multiple-choice exam is closed book, and you are required to find a proctor or participate in online proctoring. After you pass a 30-hour course exam, you need to wait three days before taking an exam for another course.

Exams for courses that are less than 30 hours are multiple choice and open book, and you do not need an in-person or online proctor. You can take the exam for Legal Update I or Legal Update II four hours after opening the course. You must wait six hours after opening the Broker Responsibility course before you can take the exam. For other courses that are less than 30 hours, you must wait 24 hours after starting the course before taking the exam.

How does online proctoring work?

A proctor must supervise your test sessions for all 30-hour courses. However, you can meet the state's proctoring requirements at home by recording your test session with a web camera and microphone. You will also need to present a government-issued photo ID. You cannot take the test on a tablet, iPad, iPhone, or Android device. You must use a desktop or laptop computer. The fee for online proctoring is $10 per exam.

Do you offer real estate education courses in Spanish?

No, PDF course materials for pre-licensing, SAE, and Continuing Education are currently available only in English.

How do you score exams for pre-licensing and renewal courses?

Course exams are graded online, and you need to score 70 percent or above. For each 30-hour course, you also need to meet TREC's requirements for online or in-person exam proctoring.

What do I need to do after completing my pre-license courses?

We will notify you by email as soon as your certificates of completion are released. Certificates are typically released five business days after you finish a course exam. Once you complete your courses, you need to apply for your license on the TREC website and pay the application fee. Next, fill out your certificates of completion and email them to documents@trec.texas.gov. TREC will then review and process your certificates.

What do I need to do after completing my SAE courses?

For each Legal Update course you complete, you will need to fill out a Distance Education Reporting Form. To get your credits posted to TREC as soon as possible, email your completed forms to info@cesource.com immediately. After completing each 30-hour course, print your certificate of completion, fill it out, and email it to TREC at documents@trec.texas.gov. Before your license renewal is approved, you must pay a renewal fee to TREC.

What do I need to do after completing my Continuing Education courses?

Immediately after completing each course, fill out a Distance Education Reporting Form and email it to info@cesource.com. When you complete all your CE courses, confirm that they have been added to your online profile on the TREC website. You can then pay the renewal fee and apply to renew your license online.

What is a Distance Education Reporting Form?

After you complete certain real estate courses, a Distance Education Reporting Form will be available for download. You must fill out the form and email it to info@cesource.com to get your credits posted to the TREC website. If you need the form, you can access it by logging in to your Texas real estate course account or printing it from the TREC website.

What happens if I don't pass a course exam?

You can take each exam up to two times. For 30-hour courses, you must retake the exam within 90 days. For courses that are less than 30 hours, you have 30 days to retake the exam.

What score do I need to get on the state licensing exam to earn my Texas real estate license?

After completing your pre-licensing education courses, you will need to visit a testing center to take the state licensing exam, which includes a state portion and a national portion. To earn your license, you must answer at least 56 of the 85 questions on the national portion correctly and at least 21 of the 40 questions on the state portion correctly.

What is the pass rate of the state licensing exam to become a Texas real estate agent?

According to data from the Texas Real Estate Commission, the overall average first-time pass rate for all students who have taken the state licensing exam is 60 percent.

What happens if I don't pass the state licensing exam?

You can take the sales agent licensing exam up to three times. If you fail your third attempt, additional education is required.

What is the deadline for renewing my Texas real estate agent license?

Once your license expires, you have six months to renew. If you don't renew your license within six months of its expiration, you may apply for reinstatement. If your license has been expired for two years or longer, you need to reapply with TREC and retake the state licensing exam.

How frequently do I need to renew my license?

All real estate sales agents are required to renew their licenses every two years. If you are renewing for the first time, you must complete a Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) program. For all other renewals, you need to take Continuing Education (CE) courses.

What is your refund policy?

If you are not satisfied with any of our courses, you may contact our customer service department at 1-866-971-7477 for a refund or exchange in accordance with the following refund policy.

  • Customers requesting a refund or exchange for a course (except for classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather, minimum student count not achieved, or for any reason out of the control of the student) must do so within ten (10) days from the order date to receive a full refund.
    • No refund will be granted for partially completed or completed courses.
    • No refund will be granted for courses that have been mailed.
  • Customers requesting a refund or exchange after ten (10) days will not be refunded or exchanged (except for classes that are cancelled due to inclement weather, minimum student count not achieved, or for any reason out of the control of the student). The materials may be used by another student with prior approval by us. Please contact customer service for details.

Who should I contact for customer support?

If you have not made a purchase and have questions about our course packages or the licensing process, call our support team at 1-866-971-7477 or send us an email any time. Email your question to texasrealestate@amersc.com, and we'll reply within 24 hours of submission.

If you have already purchased a course package, please contact our course provider, State Continuing Education/CE Source, with any support questions. For assistance, call (800) 943-5573 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Central time. You can also send an email to info@cesource.com and receive an answer within 24 hours.