How to get your Real Estate License in Illinois

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get Illinois Real Estate License? McKissock Learning taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in Illinois, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the Illinois real estate license requirements.

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8 Mandatory Hours
0 Elective Hours
8 Total Hours
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12 Total Hours
16 Mandatory Hours
8 Elective Hours
24 Total Hours

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in Illinois

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation. We recommend you contact the Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

Illinois Real Estate License: Leasing Agent

Total Hours Required: 8
Mandatory Hours: 8
Elective Hours: 0
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
License Expiration Date: 07/31/2022
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Next Education Due Date: 07/31/2022
Each Leasing Agent licensee shall complete a minimum of 8 CE hours from a single core curriculum recommended by the Board and approved by the Department.

Effective January 1, 2020, all licenses issued by DRE will be required to complete a one-hour course in sexual harassment prevention training. This 8-hr curriculum includes the one-hour sexual harassment prevention training.

*A licensee is not required to complete CE requirements for the first renewal following the issuance of the initial leasing agent license.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted via email every Friday or may be submitted individually if needed. **If you need or want the roster submitted earlier than the scheduled date, there is a $10 rush fee for that service.**
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Governing Agency

Name: Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Phone: 8005606420
Fax: 2177823390
Address: Division of Professional Regulation Springfield, IL 62786

Illinois Real Estate License: Broker

Total Hours Required: 12
Mandatory Hours: 4
Elective Hours: 8
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
License Expiration Date: 04/30/2022
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Next Education Due Date: 04/30/2022
Continuing Education and Renewal Date: April 30th even years.

Hours Required by DRE: 12 hours

-4 mandatory hours
    -4-hour Core course
-8 elective hours
    -1-hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training course

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.
Final Exam: DRE permits only one retake after a failed course final examination. After two failed attempts, the licensee must retake the entire course.  
Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your dashboard account.  

Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be taken online.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted via email every Friday or may be submitted individually if needed. **If you need or want the roster submitted earlier than the scheduled date, there is a $10 rush fee for that service.**
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Governing Agency

Name: Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Phone: 8005606420
Fax: 2177823390
Address: Division of Professional Regulation Springfield, IL 62786

Illinois Real Estate License: Managing Broker

Total Hours Required: 24
Mandatory Hours: 16
Elective Hours: 8
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
License Expiration Date: 04/30/2023
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Next Education Due Date: 04/30/2023
Continuing Education and Renewal Date: April 30th odd years.

Hours Required by DRE: 24 hours

-16 mandatory hours
    -4-hour Core course
    -12-hour Broker Management course
-8 elective hours
    -1-hour Sexual Harassment Prevention Training course

Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.
Final Exam: DRE permits only one retake after a failed course final examination. After two failed attempts, the licensee must retake the entire course.  
Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your dashboard account.  

Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be taken online.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted via email every Friday or may be submitted individually if needed. **If you need or want the roster submitted earlier than the scheduled date, there is a $10 rush fee for that service.**
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Governing Agency

Name: Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation
Phone: 8005606420
Fax: 2177823390
Address: Division of Professional Regulation Springfield, IL 62786

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.