Friday, August 28, 2015

General Information About Getting Your License and Renewals

Train Agents Online Real Estate School is a web based training institute for the real estate profession. Our goal is to provide affordable, quality training, course counseling, and to adhere to the guidelines and requirements of ARELLO and the licensing departments in each state we operate in, to deliver professional real estate training material. 

Salesperson State Exam 

Train Agents provides the State mandatory training requirements you need in order to sit for the real estate examination. Whether your state requires monitored time or allows at-home training, Train Agents provides the necessary requirements of your State. Most importantly, we provide you with the necessary tools to prepare for the State exam, which includes over 1,000 practice questions. Our students pass state licensing exams the first time! 

Brokers State Exam 

Train Agents provides the State mandatory training requirement you need in order to sit for the brokers real estate examination. Each state has its own career experience and educational requirements. Whatever the requirements are for your State, Train Agents will provide the necessary training material. Most importantly, we provide the necessary tools to prepare you for the State Exam that includes over 1,000 practice questions and the broker's closing statement. 

Continuing Education 

Train Agents provides many continuing education courses that can be utilized for your State's continuing education requirement. These courses are often utilized by licensees for practical knowledge in pursuit of a real estate career. Train Agents can provide you with the technical knowledge you need to be successful in the real estate industry. 

Office Staff Training 

Train Agents provides several courses that your support staff can utilize in developing their skills in the real estate industry such as your state's laws and regulations regarding licensing, record keeping, handling of trust funds, working with existing and new clients, and other areas of support. The skills and abilities of your support staff are extremely important in a successful brokerage office. 

OREGON REAL ESTATE LICENSE AND EXAMINATION INFORMATION

 

Oregon Licensing Information:
School Nnumber for licensing 1734. School number for renewals 1111.

For complete info about Oregon licensing requirements and fees click here 

BACKGROUND CHECK 

Oregon law requires every unlicensed applicant to submit fingerprints and criminal offender information.

BACKGROUND CHECK APPLICATION:

The first step in the licensing process is submission of the Background Check form, one completed fingerprint cards, and the $40 processing fee to the Agency. The form is located in Appendix 1 of the Agency's "Licensing and Examination Information" booklet, which can be obtained by calling (503)378-4170, select 2 from menu. The background check is required for any person who applies for an Oregon license for the first time or who must requalify for a license because of an Oregon license that has been expired for more than one year. Photocopies or fingerprints submitted to another agency or state for licensing do not meet the Agency requirement.

The Background Check form provides the Agency with the necessary information to begin the background check. It is important that each question is read carefully before answering, and all required documentation is provided with the application. The Agency will contact an applicant if more information is necessary. A confirmation letter will be sent when the Background Check form is received. The letter will include a permanent personal identification number which should be used in all correspondence with the Agency.

The background check takes an average of two to three months. Applicants are urged to submit their background checks at their earliest opportunity; e.g., upon enrolling in real estate courses. Keep in mind, however, that once a background check clearance is issued by the Real Estate Agency, it is valid for only one year. If an applicant does not apply for a license within that time, they need to complete the background check again.

FINGERPRINT CARDS:

All fingerprint cards are processed through the Oregon State Police (OSP) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). Fingerprints must be submitted on form FD-258; cards can be obtained from the Agency or local law enforcement offices. Do not send cards directly to the FBI or OSP.

Fingerprint cards must be completed properly, with all of the identification information filled out. The card must be signed by both the applicant and the person who takes the prints. The prints themselves must be of a quality meeting FBI standards. Detailed instructions are provided in Appendix 2 of the Agency's "Licensing and Examination Information" booklet, which can be obtained by calling (503)378-4170, select 2 from menu. If the instructions are not followed, the cards may be rejected by the Agency, OSP, or FBI. Rejected cards are sent back to the applicant with new cards which must be resubmitted. This will delay the application process.

DISCLOSURE:

The law does not list specific offenses which would prevent a person from receiving a license. A criminal history is not always grounds for denial of a license; however, failure to disclose criminal, civil and administrative proceedings is grounds for denial. Therefore, a complete history of convictions, as well as any open or pending investigations or court proceedings, must be provided on the Background Check Application form. Along with other felonies and misdemeanors, major traffic violations such as DUI, reckless driving, fleeing from or attempting to elude a police officer, and driving while suspended must be disclosed.

Applicants must also disclose investigations, sanctions, hearings or other disciplinary actions by other agencies. The Agency accesses a nationwide data bank containing license disciplinary actions from other states, and applicant names are processed by the Agency through this system.

Information about criminal and disciplinary actions will appear on the reports received from other agencies. If an applicant does not fully disclose information or provide the required documentation, a license may be denied.

If you have specific questions about how your criminal history may affect your licensing, call the Regulation Division at (503) 378-4170, selection 4 from the menu.

 

WASHINGTON REAL ESTATE LICENSE AND EXAMINATION INFORMATION

School number S1534

How to get your license: Brokers (Intitial Real Estate License in Washington)

Requirements

To qualify for a broker’s license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Successfully complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within 2 years before applying for the exam. This education must include:
    • A 60-hour course in Real Estate Fundamentals.
    • A 30-hour course in Real Estate Practices.
  • Pass the broker’s exam.

For a list of approved real estate education, see the Real Estate Education Course Catalog.

How to apply for a license

If you passed the broker’s exam after June 30, 2010:

  1. Complete the Real Estate License Application, following the instructions on the form.
  2. Take the fingerprint card you received at the testing center to any fingerprinting service approved by the Washington State Patrol, and have your fingerprints taken. For details about getting your fingerprints taken, see VideoReal Estate Fingerprinting Requirements and Tips.
    • Each fingerprinting service sets its own fee, and you’ll be required to pay them when you get your fingerprints taken.
    • Be sure to include your completed fingerprint card with your application. If your application doesn’t include a completed fingerprint card, it is incomplete and we can’t process it.
    • Don’t fold the fingerprint card when you submit it, or your fingerprints will have to be retaken.
  3. Submit your completed application and fingerprint card with a check or money order for the fees (payable to the Department of Licensing):
    • By mail to:
      Real Estate Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 3917
      Seattle, WA 98124-3917
    • In person at our Olympia office (2000 4th Ave W).

If you have a license in another state:

  1. Request a certified license history from the real estate licensing agency in the state where you’re currently licensed.
    • If you’ve had an active license in the previous 6 months, you’ll only be required to take the Washington State portion of the licensing exam.
    • If you qualify, we’ll waive the education requirements.
  2. Submit your license history with a cover letter that includes your mailing address:
    • By mail to:
      Real Estate Licensing
      PO Box 9021
      Olympia, WA 98507
    • In person at our Olympia office (2000 4th Ave W).

License expiration

Your broker’s license will expire 2 years after it is issued. 

WASHINGTON MANAGING BROKER LICENSE AND EXAMINATION INFORMATION

Requirements

To qualify for a managing broker’s license, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Provide proof you have at least 3 years of full-time experience as an active real estate broker, or other qualifying experience as described in WAC 308-124A-713.
  • Successfully complete 90 hours of approved real estate education within 3 years before applying for the exam. This education must include:
    • 30 hours of brokerage management
    • 30 hours of business management
    • 30 hours of advanced real estate law
  • Pass the managing broker’s Exam.

How to apply for a license

If you’ve passed the managing broker’s exam:

  1. Complete the Real Estate License Application, following the instructions on the form.
  2. If you haven’t sent us your fingerprints since July 1, 2010, have your fingerprints taken. Take the fingerprint card you received at the testing center to any fingerprinting service approved by the Washington State Patrol. For details, see VideoReal Estate Fingerprinting Requirements and Tips.
    • Each fingerprinting service sets its own fee, and you’ll be required to pay them when you get your fingerprints taken.
    • Be sure to include your completed fingerprint card with your application. If it doesn’t include a completed fingerprint card, it is incomplete and we can’t process it.
    • Don’t fold the fingerprint card when you submit it, or your fingerprints will have to be retaken.
  3. Submit your completed application and fingerprint card with a check or money order for the fees (payable to the Department of Licensing):
    • By mail to:
      Real Estate Licensing
      Department of Licensing
      PO Box 3917
      Seattle, WA 98124-3917
    • In person at our Olympia office (2000 4th Ave W).

If you have a license in another state:

  1. Request a certified license history from the real estate licensing agency in the state where you’re currently licensed.
    • If you’ve had an active license in the previous 6 months, you’ll only be required to take the Washington State portion of the licensing exam.
    • If you qualify, we’ll waive the education requirements.
  2. Submit your license history with a cover letter that includes your mailing address:
    • By mail to:
      Real Estate Licensing
      PO Box 9021
      Olympia, WA 98507-9021
    • In person at our Olympia office (2000 4th Ave W).

License expiration

Your managing broker’s license will expire 2 years after it is issued.

 

Texas Real Estate Commission Texas Real Estate Commission 

How to Become a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson

Note: To be eligible to apply for a real estate Salesperson License, an individual must be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien, eighteen (18) years of age or older and a legal resident of Texas.

  1. Education Requirement

    The following education is required for a sales agent license:

    1. Principles of Real Estate [60 classroom hours]
    2. Law of Agency (30 classroom hours)
    3. Law of Contracts (30 classroom hours)
    4. Promulgated Contracts Forms (30 classroom hours)
    5. Real Estate Finance (30 classroom hours). (Related course credit may no longer be used to meet education requirements for a sales agents license).
    6. Education course completion documents must be submitted when the application is filed. 

      (Note: To find classes, see 
      Qualifying Real Estate License Education Providers for sales agent and broker applicants)

  2. Filing Your Application

    After you have completed your education, you may file and pay for the Application for Inactive Sales Agent License. Evidence of successful completion of your education via credit transcript or certificate should be submitted with your application. DO NOT submit original transcripts or course completion documents. Keep the originals for your personal files and send photocopies to the Commission.

    Please apply and pay online for your Inactive Sales Agent License. The information requested online is the same as on the paper application. If you are filing online, scan and send your education documents electronically to education@trec.texas.gov or fax them to 512-936-3863 with a copy of your completed Online Payment Summary page. If submitting your application by mail or in person, please note that an application received without the appropriate fees will be rejected and your check will be returned to you. The following fees should be submitted in ONE PERSONAL CHECK, CASHIERS CHECK OR MONEY ORDER payable to the Texas Real Estate Commission. Cash will not be accepted
    ALL FEES LISTED BELOW ARE NONREFUNDABLE.

    Fees Required with Real Estate Sales Agent License Application
    Fee
    Amount
    Comment
    Original Application
    $205
    Required for all applicants
    Subsequent Background Check Fee
    $29.75
    Required for applicants who have been previously fingerprinted for TREC.
    Paper Processing Fee
    $20.00
    Required for any application submitted by mail that is available online

    Background Check Fee - All license holders who have been fingerprinted for TREC must pay the $29.75 background check fee with each subsequent renewal or application.

    Any paper document that is submitted for a transaction that is available online must include the required $20 paper processing fee.



  3. Fingerprint Requirements

    Pursuant to §1101.3521 of the Real Estate License Act, any person applying for or renewing a sales agent license must provide their fingerprints. Once the applicant has obtained a TREC entity number the FastPass form may be downloaded from our website athttp://www.trec.state.tx.us/FASTPass/ and an appointment must be made through MorphoTrust or through Pearson VUE. A license will not issue if the background check has not been cleared.

    A $29.75 background check fee must be included in the Original and Registration applications for applicants that already have fingerprints on file with TREC.


  4. Examination Information

    License examinations are administered by Pearson VUE, a testing service company. Once the complete application is received and processed and education is satisfied, the applicant will be notified of eligibility to sit for the examination. The exam eligibility notification will have instructions for contacting the exam administrator and obtaining a copy of the Candidate Handbook to register for the exam. The Candidate Handbook contains information about the examination, study material, and instructions for making an exam reservation. Two forms of current signature identification are required for admission to a testing site. The name on the identification must match the name on the application for a license. The applicant must pass the examination within one year after the date the application is filed with TREC.


  5. Investigation May be Needed

    The filing of an application authorizes an investigation of the applicant's background. Information revealed in an investigation may be cause for disapproval of an application even though other requirements for a license are met. If an investigation is necessary, it may not be conducted until the applicant has passed the examination.


  6. Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Repayment History Checked

    State law prohibits the renewal of a license if a license holder has defaulted on a student loan guaranteed by TGTM unless the license holder has entered into a repayment agreement with TG. YOU SHOULD CONTACT TG BEFORE FILING THIS APPLICATION if you have defaulted on a student loan. An application or renewal may be rejected if this agency has received information from TG that the applicant has defaulted on a student loan. The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation can be reached at:

    TGTM 
    P.O. Box 83100 
    Round Rock, Texas 78683-3100 
    Telephone: (800) 252-9743
    (in Austin, call 219-5700)


  7. Obtain Sponsorship

    Before you can practice as a licensed sales agent you must arrange for a Texas real estate broker holding an active license to sponsor you as a sales agent. Applicants and inactive sales agents are not authorized to act as a real estate license holder.

    While you are not required to have a sponsoring broker to file an application for a license, a Sales Agent Sponsorship Form is included with the application materials. If you wish, you may file the sponsorship request along with the application. Once all licensing requirements have been satisfied, TREC will send an active sales agent license to the broker, and you may act for the broker on receipt of the license.

    You may also file the application and arrange for sponsorship after TREC notifies you that you have been issued an inactive license. Once a broker holding an active license has mailed a request to TREC to act as your sponsor, you may begin to act for the broker as a sales agent.


  8. Don't Practice Prior to Licensure

    You are not authorized to perform any act for which a real estate license is required until an ACTIVE Texas Real Estate Commission license is in the possession of your sponsoring broker.

    As noted above in the Filing Your Application section, online applications travel through the system much faster than paper-based applications. The online application process could potentially save you weeks of waiting for a license, due to the delays of regular mail communication and other factors inherent in the paper-based process (such as data entry time and processing of checks).
    Please apply and pay online for your Inactive Sales Agent License


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