A Quickstart Guide : How To Get A Real Estate License In Illinois

Step 1: Make sure you meet the basic requirements

The basic requirements to get an Illinois real estate license are simple. Do you meet all of these requirements?

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You have a high school diploma or equivalent
  • You must pass the Illinois real estate exam
  • You are a US citizen or legal resident alien
  • You have a Social Security number and the right to work in the US

Step 2: Register for real estate licensing classes


A real estate license is required for most real estate jobs. Illinois has educational requirements you must fulfill before they will let you get a real estate license, which are completed with the following:

  • A 75 hour pre-licensing course, OR
  • Hold a real estate degree from an approved college or university, OR
  • Possess a law degree


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Step 3: Apply to take the Illinois real estate exam


You can apply to take the Illinois real estate broker’s exam after you have completed the licensing education requirements.

PSI Services is the testing agency for the State of Illinois and they manage the exam process through their facilities. The Illinois real estate exam fee is $55 and is non-refundable.

Step 4: Complete the Illinois real estate license application


The application will ask you some basic questions about you and your background, including any other real estate licenses you have held or currently hold. The Illinois license application fee is $155.

Step 6: Choose a sponsoring broker


All new licensees in Illinois must work under the supervision of an employing broker. Choosing a broker is an important decision and we can help you with that. Keller Williams training has been ranked the best in the business and we are committed to helping our agents succeed. Click here to be connected with the right person in charge of hiring at the Keller Williams nearest you.

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