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Idaho Licensing Requirements

New Agent License

In order to obtain an Idaho real estate license, one must:

  • Be 18 years old
  • Have a high school degree or GED
  • Not have been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation or dishonest or dishonorable dealing.  If you have, and five years have elapsed since your punishment, then you can apply to the Idaho Real Estate Commission for permission to get an Idaho license.  Similar restrictions apply if you've been disciplined with respect to a previous real estate license or other professional license.
  • Complete the 45-hour Real Estate Sales Pre-license Module 1 course and then the 45-hour Module 2 course (register here) and pass an exam for each course
  • Pass a fingerprint background check (submitted at time take state license exam)
  • Pass the state license exam (register here)
  • If you are currently licensed in another state or have previously taken classes, please contact the Idaho Real Estate Commission at (208) 334-3285 to see if they will waive some requirements.
Start a Career in Idaho Real Estate Guide
(includes Idaho licensing requirements)

Broker License

Once you have earned your real estate license, you might consider earning your broker license.  The basic requirements are:

  • Engage in "active real estate" for at least 2 years.  Working 30 hours per week for 100 weeks in a 24 month period with approximately 15-20 closed sales and/or listings resulting in over $2 million in total sales volume meets this requirement.
  • Complete a broker education path.  We teach Broker Management, Real Estate Law, Real Estate Finance and Real Estate Valuation & Analysis which fulfill the requirement (register here).  Each class requires an exam.
  • Pass, again, a fingerprint background check (submitted at time take state license exam)
  • Pass the state license exam (register here)

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Career Resources

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U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' real estate career profile

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Great books for new agents and for experienced agents

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Idaho Real Estate Commission's licensing manual for new agents & brokers

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Web page of Idaho Real Estate Commission's Licensing Division

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Idaho new agent & broker licensing exam registration page (By Pearson Vue)

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Idaho license exam candidate handbook (By Pearson Vue)

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Live Idaho exam prep class

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