Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center will help you prepare for a successful career in real estate! For over 25 years, we have been helping students like you get and maintain their real estate license. Learn more about us.
Illinois real estate broker licensing requirements
To qualify for a real estate license in Illinois, you must be at least 21 years old (or 18 with additional requirements), have a high school diploma or equivalent, complete the required 90 hours of real estate education, and pass the state licensing exam.
The first step: meeting education requirements
The required 90 credit hours of broker pre-license education includes two courses: a 75-hour Broker Pre-License Topics course and a 15-hour Applied Real Estate Principles interactive course. Our Complete 90-hour Online Pre-License Package meets all of the state requirements.
Online: 90-hour Package
Online: 75-hour Course
Online: 15-hour Course
8-Week Accelerated Online Course
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Classroom Courses and Webinars
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The second step: taking the Illinois real estate licensing exam
The Illinois real estate licensing exam is administered by PSI/AMP. Before registering to take the real estate licensing exam, you should thoroughly review the Illinois Real Estate Examination Program Candidate Handbook. It may also be helpful for you to review our download Preparing for the Illinois Real Estate Licensing Exam.
The third step: applying for your Illinois real estate license
After you pass the state exam, you will need to ask a managing broker to sponsor you. Submit your signed sponsor card, license application, and application fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) to receive your license.
How much will it cost to get my real estate license?
The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center provides cost-effective paths to get an Illinois real estate broker license.
90-hour Online Pre-License Package with ebook – $519
State Examination Fee – $55
Initial License Application Fee – $125
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.
How long does it take to get a real estate license?
Our Accelerated Online Pre-License course allows you to complete all 90 hours of coursework in just 8 weeks. Request notification when the next session dates are scheduled.
Pre-License courses expire 180 days from the date of purchase. Students requiring longer than 180 days, but less than 365 days from the date of purchase are eligible to purchase an extension at the cost of $100. The extension period shall not exceed 90 days and may not be extended past one year from the original date of purchase.
If you do not pass the state exam after completing your courses, you may retake the exam 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.