Become an Agent in IL  

How To Get Your Illinois Real Estate License

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Illinois Broker License

Getting your Illinois real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

Read on to learn about the five steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in Illinois real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our Illinois Pre-Licensing pricing page.

Buy your Illinois Pre-Licensing »


To start, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age.
  • Hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average IL real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time Illinois real estate agent salary is $86,553 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in Illinois? Future agents who spend about 20 hours per week on coursework can be licensed in as little as 3-4 weeks.
  • You can use the Illinois Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.

  1. Complete 75 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education

    Successfully complete an approved 75 clock-hour Pre-Licensing course with 60 hours of Pre-Licensing education and 15 mandatory interactive hours. Learn more about your package options here.

  2. Pass the course final exam

    After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, you must pass a course final exam. The minimum passing score is 75%.

  3. Pass the Illinois Real Estate Broker Examination

    You will have 3.5 hours to take this 140-question test comprised of two portions, covering both state and national requirements. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Handbook.

    Beginning Friday, October 15, 2021 - PSI will be launching the option of remote proctoring for IL licensing candidates. Blackout Days will begin Thursday, October 14th, 2021 through October 16th, 2021. Beginning Saturday, October 16th, 2021 - Students will be able to take remote proctored exams.

    You can schedule an exam through the PSI exam site. PSI has a dedicated number for Illinois candidates with scheduling or any other issues on their exam - (855) 340-3893.

    Do you need help passing your Illinois real estate exam? The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Illinois. If you have any additional questions, visit our Illinois real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

  4. Select a sponsoring broker

    To be licensed, you must first be associated with a current and active Illinois sponsoring broker. It's important to find the right broker to work with since this person will serve as your mentor as you start your new career in real estate. Here are some questions to consider during your search:

    • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
    • How do they support their agents with education and training?
    • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    • Do they offer benefits?
    • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?
  5. Complete the application

    Lastly, to apply for your Illinois Real Estate Broker License with the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation, click here.


Get Your License Online

The CE Shop’s online platform, self-paced courses, and   student satisfaction are only some of the reasons that makes us the best in real estate education. Take the first step in your real estate career today!

Screenshot of a The CE Shop course in LEAP

Ready to get started?

Check out our course and package options.

Shop Illinois Licensing Courses Now »

Start a free trial today.

Sign up for a free 5-day trial, no credit card required.

Start your Illinois Free Trial Now »

Read More About Getting Started

The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent

Download the Free Ebook Now »