Texas Sales Agent Pre-Licensing

How to Become a Texas Real Estate Agent

7 Steps Toward Getting Your Texas Sales Agent License

Getting licensed for your new career might seem a bit daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process. Read on to learn the six steps you’ll need to take before starting your career in Texas real estate.



  1. Complete 180 hours of Texas Pre-Licensing education.

    The Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) requires all candidates to complete these six courses:

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

    The CE Shop is a TREC approved real estate education provider and offers all the classes you need to qualify for your Texas license. Through an advanced web-based platform designed specifically for real estate professionals, each course combines the most recent real estate education with the flexibility and convenience of online learning. Courses are taught using real-world scenarios and practical examples preparing you for a promising career as a sales agent, while providing the knowledge you need to pass your Texas licensing exam.

    If a student has committed criminal offenses, has unpaid judgments, etc., the student may request a Moral Character Determination (MCD) from TREC prior to filing an application. This step may save time in pursuing a license if the student does not satisfy TREC’s qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity. See TREC's Moral Character Determination page for more information.

  2. Complete the final exam for each course.

    For each course, you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam. Then there is a 60-question final exam per course. The passing score is 70%.

    You must take each final in the presence of a proctor. You’ll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our online proctoring here.

  3. Complete the application for inactive sales agent licenses and pay the applicable fees.

    Once all Pre-Licensing courses are completed, you may file and pay for the application. The application can be downloaded or completed online. Submit Certificates of Course Completion or transcripts of your education with your application.

  4. Complete fingerprint requirement.

    All candidates applying for a sales agent license must submit their fingerprints. After receiving a TREC entity number, the candidate should visit the TREC website here to enroll with MorphoTrust to complete this requirement. A license will not issued if fingerprints have not been submitted and cleared.

  5. Register and take license examination.

    Once the candidate application is processed, TREC will notify applicant that they’re eligible to sit for the examination. TREC has contracted with Pearson VUE to facilitate and administer the examination. For more information, see the Texas Real Estate Candidate Handbook by Pearson VUE.

  6. Choose a sponsoring broker.

    After you have met the licensing requirements and pass the final exam, you’ll need to be sponsored by a licensed Texas real estate broker to become an active sales agent. Picking the right broker to work with you is a key success factor to building your new career. Here are some questions to consider when looking for a sponsoring broker:

    1. What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    2. What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    3. Are they technologically advanced and up to date with the latest systems?
    4. How do they support their agents with education and training?
    5. What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    6. Do they offer benefits?
    7. Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    8. Is there room to grow with the brokerage?
  7. Receive your active real estate license.

    After you pass the licensing examination and TREC completes any background checks, they will issue an Active Sales Agent License. When the license is in the possession of your sponsoring broker, you can begin practice as a Texas real estate sales agent.