Get a Real Estate License in Illinois

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Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center is your trusted source for state-approved real estate education. Start your real estate career today! Increase your earning potential and set your own course for success. Future you will thank you.

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How to get an Illinois real estate broker license:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • You must have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • Complete 90 hours of real estate education
  • Pass the state licensing exam

Step 1: meet education requirements

Our 90-hour online Broker Pre-License package contains the two courses that fulfill state education requirements:

Download the Pre-License Handbook
Download the Handbook

Education Scholarships may help you with tuition

Scholarships such as the Illinois Education and Training Grant and Illinois Minority Real Estate Scholarship Program may help offset your education costs.These and many more scholarships are offered by the Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF). Application materials for tuition reimbursement scholarships to be used on pre-license courses must be submitted prior to enrollment. Please see the REEF Scholarships page for more information about scholarships and application deadlines.

Step 2: take the Illinois real estate licensing exam

Test your exam readiness with practice exams from our learning partners, ExamSMART and RECampus. Before registering with the state exam administrator, PSI/AMP, review our exam prep guide and the Illinois Real Estate Examination Program Candidate Handbook.

Step 3: apply for your Illinois real estate license

Illinois brokers must be sponsored by a managing broker. Once you have a sponsor, submit your license application and fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR).

FAQs about broker pre-license

How much will it cost to get my real estate license?

Your individual costs will depend upon which courses you choose, whether you select add-on products such as exam preparation tools, and how many exam fees you must pay.  Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center provides cost-effective paths to get an Illinois real estate broker license.

Example education, exam & licensing costs:
90-hour Online Pre-License Package with ebook – $519
State Examination Fee – $55
Initial License Application Fee – $125
Total: $699 

Be prepared for additional start-up costs and the ongoing expenses of doing business such as membership fees, advertising costs, license renewal fees, and other operating expenses.

How long does it take to get a real estate license?

You can complete all 90 hours of pre-license coursework in 9 weeks if you take our Accelerated Online Pre-License course. All pre-license courses expire 180 days from the date of purchase. If you require longer than 180 days, you may purchase an extension not to exceed 90 days.

What happens if I don’t pass the state exam?

If you do not pass the state exam after completing your courses, you may retake the exam up to three times (on different days). If you do not pass the exam on the fourth attempt, you must retake the pre-license coursework before registering again for the exam.

Education Licensing and Traning Center

Contact an Education Specialist

Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Call (800) 523-5077
Email education@illinoisrealtors.org