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How to obtain an Illinois Real Estate License

In Illinois, exams, licensing, and continuing education for real estate agents are governed by the Illinois Office of Banks and Real Estate.
There are two basic real estate licenses in Illinois:
Salesperson
To be eligible for the Illinois Real Estate Salesperson Examination, candidates must meet all of the requirements in one of the following categories:
Category A - 45-Class-Hour Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Salesperson's license under Category A, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree
  3. Have successfully completed the 45-class-hour Real Estate Transactions course at a real estate school approved by the Office of Banks and Real Estate
Category C - Attorney Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Salesperson's license under Category C, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Be admitted to practice law by the Illinois Supreme Court
Category D - Reciprocity Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Salesperson license under Category D, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Be a resident of the reciprocal state at the time of application for examination as well as licensure
Category E - 18-21 Year Old Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Salesperson's license under Category E, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Have successfully completed at least two years of college as a full-time student, including the 45-class-hour Real Estate Transactions course at a school approved by the Office of Banks and Real Estate
Broker
To be eligible for the Illinois Real Estate Broker Examination, candidates must meet all of the requirements in one of the following categories:
Category A-1 - 120-Class-Hour Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker's license under Category A-1, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Have successfully completed the 120-class-hour Real Estate Transactions course. A candidate cannot accrue an additional 45-class-hour of credit by repeating the Real Estate Transactions course.
    Note: An applicant for a broker license who is licensed as an Illinois real estate salesperson is presumed to have completed a 45 credit hour Real Estate Transactions course provided that the licensee has not been nonrenewed for the preceding two years or more
  3. Have completed 75 class hours of broker courses at a real estate school approved by the Office of Banks and Real Estate
Category C - Attorney Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker's license under Category C, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Be admitted to practice law by the Illinois Supreme Court
Category D - Reciprocity Qualification
To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Broker license under Category D, applicants must:
  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Be a resident of the reciprocal state at the time of application for examination as well as licensure
  3. Brokers must be actively licensed in the reciprocal state for a minimum of two years
Illinois has reciprocal agreements with:
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Nebraska
  • South Dakota
  • Wisconsin
Anyone holding licenses from any of these states may apply for a reciprocal license, and may be able to forego some classroom work and other requirements.
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