How to become a real estate agent in Illinois
To earn an Illinois real estate license, you must be at least 21 years old, have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete the required pre-license coursework and pass the state licensing exam.
We provide you with courses that can be completed entirely from home or in a classroom near you, and our Education Specialists provide exceptional personal support to our students.
The required 90 hours of Pre-License education includes a 75-hour Broker Pre-license Topics course and a 15-hour interactive Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles Interactive course.
Course 1: Broker Pre-License Topics
You can complete the Broker Pre-License Topics course and exam from home! The course materials and exam questions reside on our D2L online platform, and you can choose to receive the accompanying textbook in print or as a paperless e-book.
Course 2: Broker Pre-License Applied Real Estate Principles
To complete the full 90 hours of study, you must take the Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles webinar. Register for a webinar through the Illinois REALTORS® Pre-License Store.
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Classroom: If you prefer to take a classroom course, we have more than 50 branch locations. Find a class near you!
The State of Illinois requires a proctored exam for each course. Students taking a D2L course will be able to complete their exam at home. Students who take a classroom or online course will take the exam at an approved proctor location. Proctor locations | Proctored Exam FAQs.
The state exam is administered by psi/Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP). Register at www.goamp.com.
Apply for your license at www.idfpr.com/dre.asp and pay the appropriate license fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. You must be sponsored by a managing broker before you may practice.
Illinois brokers must renew their licenses every two years. For your first license renewal, you will need to complete post-license education consisting of two courses: Broker Post-License Topics and Broker Post License Applied Real Estate Practices.
Easily order your coursework from the Illinois REALTORS® Store