Broker LicenseIllinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center Handbook

How do I get my real estate broker license?

To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker License in the State of Illinois:

  • you must be at least 21 years old
  • you must have a high school graduate diploma or equivalent (G.E.D.)
  • you must successfully complete the required coursework and pass the state licensing exam

Quick Start Guide to Real Estate Licensing

Pre-License Handbook: Start Your Career in Real Estate

STEP 1Take the Required 90 Hours of Pre-License Education

The new Broker license has the same privileges of the previous Salesperson license category, but requires additional education to include 90 hours of pre-license education and 30 hours of post-license education. 

The 90 hours of pre-license education include a 75-hour Broker Pre-license Topics course and a 15-hour interactive (classroom or webinar) Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles Interactive course. Each course requires a proctored exam.

Proctored Exams FAQ  |  Online Proctoring Step-by-Step

The Illinois Education and Training Grant offered by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation may be used toward an Illinois REALTORS® 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics course (Homestudy, eStudy or classroom) or an Illinois REALTORS® 90-hour Broker Pre-License package. Learn more and apply at


When it comes to choosing your Pre-License courses, the llinois REALTORS® Licensing and Training Center makes it easy with a variety of options:

  • Classroom Education - Find a class at a location near you. Illinois REALTORS® has more than 50 Branch locations around the state.
  • Webinar- You don't have to leave home! See upcoming dates (pdf)Webinar Q&A (pdf). To register click here
  • Online courses available through Illinois REALTORS®'s two online learning partners, Hondros Learning or RECampus.
  • eStudy - e-Study is a paperless study option for students who do not require printed materials. Course materials (a pdf study guide and an electronic e-book) are delivered to you via email. The e-book is electronic only and is not designed to be printed. (Note: course materials are delivered electronically during normal business hours between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Courses ordered between normal business hours Monday through Friday will be delivered electronically within one business day.)
  • Home Study - The 75-Hour Broker Pre-license Topics Home Study is mailed to you in hard copy. When combined with the 15-Hour Broker Pre-license Applied Real Estate Principles interactive classroom course, this will satisfy the eligibility requirements to take the state exam to obtain a broker license in the State of Illinois.

STEP 2Take the Course Exams

The State of Illinois requires a proctored exam for each course. Students may take the proctored exams at the approved proctor location of their choice. Learn more about proctored exams here. After completing the course, the student should contact IAR at 217-529-2600 to have the exam sent to their preferred proctor location. Proctor locations (pdf)

STEP 3Take the State Licensure Exam

The state licensure exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) At this point you may register for your exam administered by AMP. (Click on "Candidates" and then select the real estate examination you are prepared to complete.) You must first be registered as a student before you can take the state exam. To register with AMP, go to the VIP Portal tab and select "student user." From there you will be able to register as a new student and obtain your AMP student ID number. When you have completed your course, IAR will enter your completion date enabling you to register for the state exam. 

STEP 4Apply for Your License

Apply for your license and pay the appropriate fee for the license to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Note: You must be sponsored by a managing broker before you may practice.


REALTOR pinNot all real estate brokers are REALTORS®. The Code of Ethics of the National Association of REALTORS® is universally recognized as the measure of professionalism in real estate. Membership in the REALTOR® organization is part of a three-way agreement with the local REALTOR® Associations, the Illinois Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. The REALTOR® symbol is your key to the wealth of resources, products and services available to you as a member of the REALTOR® organization. Membership begins at the local level. To find out how you can join, contact your local association of REALTORS®.


Complete the Required 30 Hours of Post-License Training

New broker licensees are required to complete 30 hours of post license training prior to their first license renewal.

 STEP 6Continuing Education


Real estate licensees are required to complete continuing education (CE) during each two-year licensing period. Real Estate Broker Licensees renewal deadline is April 30, 2016. If you were licensed 90 days prior to the renewal deadline you will be issued a license with the renewal deadline of the next cycle thereby allowing you an additional 2 years to complete your CE.

Take CE courses from the convenience of your home with text-based and on-line programs, or find traditional classroom courses available throughout the state.


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