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  • Getting Fingerprinted in Idaho
  • How to Get an Idaho Real Estate License
  • Idaho License Qualifications / Requirements
  • Idaho Real Estate License Renewal
  • Idaho Real Estate Profession Questions
  • Idaho Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • RealEstateU Questions in Idaho
  • Scheduling Your Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam

Idaho Frequently Ask Questions Real Estate License

On this page you will find a full list of frequently asked questions about how to get your Idaho real estate license, the Idaho real estate salesperson course, how to prepare for the ID state exam, how to renew your ID real estate license, and general real estate profession questions.

About the 90-Hour Idaho Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course

What course am I required to take to get an ID real estate license?

You are required to take two 45-hour modules. Module 1 teaches the fundamental real estate concepts. Module 2 studies the knowledge and applied skills in real estate. You must take these courses from an approved education provider.

How many hours of education are required to get an ID license?

In total, you will take 90 hours of pre-licensing education. The pre-licensing education is split into two 45-hour modules that teach you about the fundamental realistic concepts and the applied skills involved in transacting Real Estate. You must take these courses from an approved education provider.

How can I take the 90-hour ID real estate license course?

All of the pre-licensing education is offered by private education providers. You must take your pre-licensing education modules from an approved education provider. The education is offered as an online course and an in-person course. Online learning offers the most flexibility and is the most affordable option.

Can I take the 90-hour ID real estate license course online?

Yes, you can take the Idaho pre-license real estate education as an online course as long as you take it from a state-approved provider.

Can I take the ID pre-license course if I'm still in high school?

You will need to check with the individual course provider to see if you will be able to take the course. You will need to be a high school graduate by the time you apply for your Idaho real estate license.

Can I use my law degree credits towards the ID pre-license course?

If you have a law degree and you are currently practicing law, you can write to the Idaho real estate commission to request a waiver for module one of the salesperson license. Refer to the special consideration policy for the documentation you must submit with your request.

Can I use my college credits for the ID pre-license course?

No, the Idaho Real Estate Commission will not accept college credits for the pre-licensing education requirement.

Does the ID salesperson pre-license course have a final exam?

Yes, the Idaho real estate salesperson pre-licensing course does have a final exam. Your course provider will provide you with more information about the number of questions, the proctoring, and the content.

What to do to earn the ID pre-license course completion certificate?

To achieve your pre-licensing course completion certificate, you must take Module 1 and Module 2. For these modules, you will need to pass the course quizzes and the final exam before you can receive a course completion certificate.

How many questions are on the ID pre-license course exams?

The exact number of questions on your pre-license course exams will vary based on the current section of the course you are taking. Your course administrator will let you know how many questions are on the different exams and the comprehensive final.

How do I receive my ID Course Completion Certificate?

If you are a RealEstateU student, you can log into your account to view your course information. You will be able to find the downloadable course completion certificate inside of your course account.

Where can I find approved ID pre-license course providers?

Find an approved education provider from this Idaho search option. You can take the course as a classroom or online course, as long as your school is on this approved list.

How does the IREC know that I have completed the ID pre-license course

With your Idaho real estate salesperson license application, you will need to submit proof that you have completed the pre-licensing education. You will need to turn in the certified copies of your course completion certificate.

Will my school notify the IREC that I have completed my ID education?

No, you are responsible for keeping track of your course completion certificates and submitting these with your salesperson license application. Your course provider will not let the IREC know that you have finished Module 1 and 2.

How long is my ID Course Completion Certificate valid for?

Completion of the pre-licensing education is valid for three years. If you fail to take the exam and submit the license application within this timeframe, you will need to take the course again.

Applying for an Idaho Real Estate License

Where can I get E&O Insurance in Idaho?

Idaho requires all real estate salespersons to have a current Errors & Omissions policy before receiving an active license. The IREC has a group policy held with Rice Insurance Services, or you may be covered under your brokerage’s firm policy. Consult with your hiring broker.

What are the requirements to apply for an ID real estate license?

Before you apply for your Idaho real estate salesperson license, you have to take the pre-licensing education, pass the state exam, and submit fingerprints for a background check.

How do I apply for my Idaho real estate salesperson license?

When you see the message ”RES-OK” in the Online Services, your fingerprints have cleared and you can submit your license application. Unfortunately, you won't be able to submit this application online. You will need to print it out and attach all required documents.

Can I apply online for the ID real estate salesperson license?

Unfortunately, you won't be able to submit the licensing application online. You will need to print it out and attach all required documents.

How much is the ID real estate salesperson license application?

The Idaho real estate salesperson license application fee is $160. You will need to submit a check or a credit card authorization form.

What documents will I need to submit with my ID license application?

You will need to include proof of your legal presence in the United States, a copy of your high school diploma or equivalent see certificates, prior licensure records, and payment for the license application fee.

When should I file my license application with the Commission in ID?

You should file your license application with the Idaho Real Estate Commission as soon as your background check results have been received. Your background check is only valid for six months. Your license exam results are only valid for one year.

Can I get an Idaho real estate license if I don't work for a broker?

The Idaho Real Estate Commission initially issues all licenses on inactive status. So initially, you can receive your license without working for a broker, but it will not be an active license. Your hiring broker must go to online services and activate your license to change over to active status.

What is the difference between an active and inactive license in ID?

If you have an inactive license, you cannot engage in any real estate brokerage activities. An active license means you can work as a real estate agent, perform real estate brokerage activities, and be compensated for work as a real estate professional.

How do I receive an inactive ID real estate license?

The Idaho Real Estate Commission initially issues all licenses on inactive status. Any other changes while actively licensed can be made through online services.

How do I receive an active Idaho real estate salesperson license?

Your hiring broker must go to online services and activate your license. So initially, you can receive your license without working for a broker, but it will not be an active license.

How do I change from an inactive to an active ID license?

Once you hold an Idaho salesperson license, your hiring broker is responsible for activating your license. They will go to the IREC online services to activate your license.

What’s the difference between a ID salesperson and a broker license?

A real estate broker license enables you to receive compensation for assisting with the selling, marketing, or leasing of real estate or other business opportunities or interest; assisting with the transaction; and, to employ salespersons to work under your supervision.

Where can I check my Idaho salesperson license application status?

Go online to the License Lookup on the Idaho Real Estate Commission website. When your name and license number appear, your license application has been approved. No updates are given through email or over the phone.

How do I get a paper copy of my ID real estate salesperson license?

You can go online to the Idaho Real Estate Commissions Online Services to find a downloadable and printable license.

Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity in Idaho

Can I get my Idaho salesperson license if I have a prior conviction?

Idaho does not issue licenses if you have been convicted or served time for any misdemeanor involving fraud, dishonorable dealings, or been convicted of a felony, military general court-martial within the last five years.

What offenses would disqualify me from receiving an Idaho License?

You are disqualified from a salesperson license if you have been convicted or serve time for any misdemeanor involving fraud, dishonorable dealings, or been convicted of a felony, military general court-martial within the last five years.

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the ID Commission

If you have concerns about your qualifications based on prior criminal activity, you can request an exemption review from the Idaho Real Estate Commission. You will have to provide documents related to the sentencing and any supplemental information that you feel demonstrates your suitability for licensure.

When to disclose any prior criminal activity to the ID Commission?

When in doubt, request an exemption review before starting the process. The Idaho Real Estate Commission will review your documents and circumstances before deciding if you would qualify for a license.

Getting Fingerprinted in Idaho

Do I need to be fingerprinted in ID to earn a salesperson’s license?

Yes, all applicants must be fingerprinted and have a background check ran. Your fingerprints must be processed before you can submit a license application. Background checks can take one to 12 weeks to clear and are valid for six months.

How do I get my fingerprints taken in Idaho?

Pearson VUE test centers are equipped to take your fingerprints. You can make a fingerprint appointment for the same day as your exam. Make the fingerprint appointment online at https://pearsonwest.ibtfingerprint.com or contact IdentoGo® by Idemia at (866) 761-8069.

How long does fingerprinting and a background check take in Idaho?

It can take one to 12 weeks for your background check to be processed. The results of the background check are only valid for six months.

How to Get an Idaho Real Estate License

How do I get my Idaho real estate salesperson's license?

You must complete the following steps to earn your ID Salesperson’s license: 1) Complete 90-Hour ID Pre-license Salesperson Modules 2) Pass the ID salesperson state exam 3) Submit fingerprints for a background check 4) Create an IREC account 5) Obtain E&O insurance 6) Turn in the ID salesperson license application

How much does it cost to get my ID salesperson's real estate license?

An estimated total cost to earn your Idaho real estate salesperson license is s $955.25. These costs are spread out over the entire licensing process and not paid all upfront.

How long does it take to get my ID real estate license?

Earn your ID license in approx. 3 months. 1)Complete the 90-hour course online: 2-4 wks 2)Schedule and pass the ID state exam: 1-3 wks 3)Submit fingerprints for a background check. 1-12 wks 4)Create an IREC Online Services account 5)Buy E&O insurance 6)Apply for your license. 1-2 wks 7)Have a broker activate you

What tests do I need to take to get my ID real estate license?

You will take tests and quizzes as part of Module 1 and Module 2 of the pre-licensing education. These are to check your understanding. The most important test you will take is the Idaho Real Estate Salesperson Licensing Exam. You will have a total of 4 hours to take and pass this test.

Can I complete the application for the ID salesperson's license online

No, the Idaho salesperson license application is a paper application that requires you to find a notary public. While you can track your status online, you can't apply online.

Idaho License Qualifications / Requirements

How old do I have to be to get an ID real estate license?

All Idaho salesperson applicants must be at least 18 years of age to apply for a real estate license.

Do I need a high school diploma to get my ID real estate license?

Yes, the Idaho Real Estate Commission does require all real estate salesperson applicants to hold a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I get an Idaho real estate license if I'm not a state resident?

Yes, you can have an Idaho salesperson real estate license even if you do not live within Idaho. You must be legally present within the United States.

Where can I find regulatory information about ID real estate licenses?

Real estate license law is found under Idaho State Statutes, Title 54, Professions Vocations, and Businesses, Chapter 20, Idaho Real Estate Law. The Idaho Real Estate Commission is also covered by administrative rules found here.

Idaho Real Estate License Renewal

How do I renew my Idaho real estate license?

The Idaho licensing renewal process is handled through the Idaho Real Estate Commission's online services web portal.

How much does it cost to renew my ID real estate license?

The individual salesperson renewal fee is $160, which can be paid through the online services web portal. Any late renewals incur an additional $25 fee.

How often do I have to renew my ID real estate salesperson license?

Real estate licenses are good for two years. They expire on the last day of your birth month. For example, if you are born on September 15th, the year that you renew your license will expire on September 30th.

What are the CE requirements for first-time renewals in ID?

For your first-time license renewal, you will need to take 12 hours of post-licensing education. This includes an eight hour mandatory post-license fundamental course and one four-hour post-license course of your choice. In addition, you’ll need two different Idaho commission core classes as designated July 1.

What are the CE requirements for inactive licensees in ID?

There are no continuing education requirements for inactive salesperson license holders.

What are the CE requirements for active licensees in ID?

All active license holders must take 12 elective continuing education hours plus two different Idaho Commission Core classes designated July 1 in each active renewal cycle.

How do I renew an inactive ID real estate license?

All licensing renewals are handled through the Idaho Real Estate Commissions Online Services portal.

How soon can I renew my ID real estate license?

The licensing renewal window opens 90 days before the license expiration date. Make sure your continuing education is completed before you do an early renewal.

What happens if I do not renew my ID license on time?

If you fail to renew your Idaho salesperson's license on time, it will expire. You can still renew it after it expires by paying the renewal fee and a late renewal fee of $25. your license will only be renewed on inactive status.

How do I reinstate an expired real estate license in ID?

To reinstate your expired Idaho real estate license, you need to go online to the online services portal. You will need to pay your renewal fee and your fine. Note that your license will be renewed on inactive status. Your broker must go online to activate you.

Idaho Real Estate Profession Questions

What can I do with my Idaho real estate license?

Having an active Idaho real estate salesperson license enables you to work as a real estate professional. You will be able to assist clients with their real estate transaction needs, including leasing or managing real property. You will be able to be paid for your work.

When is a real estate license required in Idaho?

A real estate license is required anytime you wish to assist others with the sale, purchase, lease, or management of real property and be paid for your work.

What must I do in ID if I transfer employing brokers?

Notify your current broker that you are going to be leaving their company. You can also go ahead and put your license on inactive status by going to the IREC online services portal. Your new hiring broker must go to online services and activate them under you.

Idaho Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees

Does Idaho offer reciprocity with other states?

No, Idaho does not have reciprocal licensing agreements with any other states.

How can I get my ID real estate license through reciprocity?

Idaho does not have a reciprocal licensing agreement with any state. If you are actively licensed in another state, you can qualify for a waiver of the national portion of the Idaho licensing exam and/or pre-license education. Otherwise, you will have to complete the other steps in the process.

How can I get my ID license if I'm already licensed in another state?

You need to send your certified license history to the Idaho Real Estate Commission with a completed exam waiver request. This exempts you from the pre-license education and national portion of the licensing exam.

How do I get my ID real estate license if I'm not an ID resident?

You need to follow all of the same steps as an Idaho resident. The one thing that may be different is the fingerprinting process. If you can't have your fingerprints taken at a Pearson VUE test center, you will need to contact the Idaho Real Estate Commission to have a fingerprint packet sent to you.

RealEstateU Questions in Idaho

Is the RealEstateU Idaho pre-license course state-approved?

Yes, Real Estate U is a recently approved pre-license course provider. We offer the 90-hour course for $499.

Scheduling Your Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam

Can I schedule the Idaho exam without taking the pre-license course?

No, you must take the pre-license course before you can take the Idaho state licensing exam. You need to bring proof you have met the education requirements with you to check in for the state licensing exam.

How long do I have after completing the course to schedule the ID exam

Your Idaho pre-licensing course completion certificates are valid for three years. You need to schedule the exam within this time.

How do I schedule my ID real estate salesperson licensing exam?

Online scheduling is the easiest and fastest way to register and set an appointment for your Idaho real estate salesperson licensing exam. Schedule your exam by visiting www.pearsonvue.com and creating an account. Another option is to register by calling 1-(877)-540-5833.

How much does the ID real estate salesperson license exam cost?

The Idaho real estate salesperson license exam fee is $80. You will pay Pearson VUE a non-refundable fee using credit card, debit card, money order, electronic check, or voucher.

How do I pay for the ID state licensing exam?

You will pay Pearson VUE a non-refundable exam fee using credit card, debit card, money order, electronic check, or voucher. Payment must be received in advance of the exam.

How long does it take to register and schedule my ID license exam?

You can register and schedule your Idaho salesperson license exam within an hour by going online to Pearson VUE. After you set up your accounts, you will be able to find testing centers, testing schedules, and pay for the exam. Your other option is to register by calling 877-540-8533.

Where can I take the ID real estate licensing exam?

Test centers are available in Boise, Coeur D'Alene, Nampa, Pocatello, and Twin Falls. Additional testing centers are available in Las Vegas, Reno, Draper, Spokane, and Ogden. You can find specific addresses and schedules by referring to the Candidate Handbook.

Do I need to take the ID state exam if I’m licensed in another state?

If you are licensed in another state, you'll still need to take the state portion of the Idaho real estate licensing exam. Complete the exam waiver request to be exempted from taking the national portion of the exam.

How do I change or cancel my ID state exam date?

Any modifications or cancellations to your state licensing exam must be made 48 hours in advance of the test. Please note that voicemails or emails do not count as a cancellation. You must call 877-540-8533 to make an exam change. If you do not make contact 48 hours before your test, you will forfeit your exam fee.

Taking the Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam

How many questions are on the ID state salesperson licensing exam?

The Idaho Salesperson Pre-licensure Exam consists of two sections. The National section will ask 80 multiple-choice questions. The State section will ask 40 multiple-choice questions. There may be 5-10 experimental questions that don’t count for your score.

What is included in the Idaho state salesperson licensing exam?

You will be tested on national and state real estate-related content. Topics include property ownership, financing, valuation and appraisal, property disclosures, and contracts. State-specific questions ask about the Commission, licensing law, real estate calculations, and Idaho practices.

Do I need to bring a calculator for the ID State Exam?

Personal calculators are not allowed at the Idaho state exam. An online calculator will be available.

What am I required to bring with me to the ID state license exam?

You will need to bring (2) forms of identification. One must be state or federal government-issued, like a driver’s license or passport. The secondary form can be another primary ID or something which contains your signature, like a credit or debit card.

Are there any testing accommodations available for the ID State Exam?

Yes, all Pearson VUE test sites provide accommodations following the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). A candidate who needs testing accommodations must visit http://pearsonvue.com/accommodations to start the request process.

What are the exam policies at the Idaho PSI testing center?

PearsonVUE will only allow approved items into the examination room. Electronic devices of any type, including personal calculators, are not permitted. As part of the check-in process, all testing candidates will be photographed and asked to sign a Candidate Rules Agreement.

Can I take my ID State Exam if I don't have a sponsoring broker?

Yes, you do not need to be hired by an Idaho licensed broker before you take the state exam.

Do my ID state exam results expire?

Your state licensing exam results are only good for one year. You will need to complete the remaining steps in the process, including getting fingerprinted for your background check and being hired by an Idaho license broker, before that year is up.

I just passed my ID real estate exam. What are the next steps?

The next steps in obtaining an ID real estate salesperson license are: ● Get fingerprinted for a background check ● Set up an online services account ● Purchase errors and omissions insurance ● Be hired by an Idaho license broker ● Submit your license application

How will the Commission know my ID exam results?

You must submit your state licensing exam score report with your license application. In this way, the commission will know that you have passed the exam.

How many times can I take the ID state salesperson license exam?

You can take the state licensing exam as many times as you need as long as you do the retakes while your certificate of completion is still valid. If you are just retaking one section of the exam, you have to retake the other section within one year of the date you passed that one section.

How long does it take to get my ID State Exam results?

The good news is you will leave the test center with an official score report in hand. Your exam results will appear on screen as soon as you complete the task, so there are no questions about how you performed.

I failed my ID real estate salesperson exam. Can I take it again?

Yes, you can retake the Idaho real estate salesperson exam. If you fail just one section, you have one year to retake the failed section. Otherwise, you need to retake the exam while your course of completion certificate is still valid.

How do I retake the ID State Exam if I previously failed?

You need to wait 24 hours before rescheduling any state licensing exam. Once that period has passed, you can go online to your Pearson VUE account and reschedule your exam. You will need to pay the full $80 exam fee again.

How much does it cost to retake the ID State Exam?

Every attempt to take the Idaho State licensing exam is $80, regardless if you are taking the full exam or just one section.

I failed one portion of the ID exam. Do I have to retake both sections

No, you can just retake the section that you failed. Keep in mind you have to pass that section within one year of the date that you passed the other section. You also need to apply for licensure within that one-year date.

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Categories > Idaho
  • About the 90-Hour Idaho Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Course
  • Applying for an Idaho Real Estate License
  • Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity in Idaho
  • Getting Fingerprinted in Idaho
  • How to Get an Idaho Real Estate License
  • Idaho License Qualifications / Requirements
  • Idaho Real Estate License Renewal
  • Idaho Real Estate Profession Questions
  • Idaho Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • RealEstateU Questions in Idaho
  • Scheduling Your Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam

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