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How Can I Get My Real Estate License in Illinois?

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The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation regulates professions in Illinois, including the real estate industry. Candidates who are interested in becoming real estate agents in Illinois must take a pre-licensing course at a school approved by the department and sit for an examination. Candidates can prepare for this exam by reading the “Candidate Handbook: Illinois Real Estate Examination Program” (see Resource list).

Meet the basic requirements for a real estate salesperson license. You must be at least 21 and a high school graduate or have a GED.

Take a pre-license course. You can take the 45-hour Real Estate Transactions course at a school approved by the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (see Resource list). Once you pass the course, you will be eligible for the State of Illinois real estate exam. Your school will issue a Uniform Real Estate Transcript, which is valid for four years from the date it is issued.

Register for the Illinois Real Estate Salesperson exam with Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP). There are several ways to register:

Register online at Pay for your registration with your credit card.

Schedule your exam over the telephone by calling 800-345-6559. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Pay by credit card.

Fax your registration form to 217-522-0446. AMP will fax a confirmation of receipt to you within 24 hours. The registration form is included in the "Candidate Handbook" (see Resource list). Pay for your registration with a credit card.

Mail your completed form to: AMP P.O. Box 8557 Springfield, IL 62791-8557

If you decide to register by mail, you must call AMP at 800-345-6559 within 10 days after mailing the form to schedule your appointment. Include a certified check, money order or credit card information for payment.

Take the salesperson examination. You must present two forms of identification, a fingerprint scan and your Uniform Real Estate Transcript to be admitted into the center. To pass the exam, you must attain at least 75 percent on each portion of the two-part multiple-choice exam. The examination lasts 3-1/2 hours and the proctor will show you your score at the end.

Apply for a salesperson license from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Call the office at 217-782-3414.