Step 1: Complete 90-hour pre-license education
Idaho salesperson candidates must first take the required pre-licensing education. These courses must be from an approved education provider.
Module 1 is a 45-hour course on the fundamental real estate concepts. Mobile 2 is a 45-hour course on the study of the knowledge and applied skills involved in listing, selling, buying and closing property.
The pre-license course can be taken online or in-person. Your pre-license education is valid for three years.
Step 2: Applying for the State Exam
PearsonVUE administers Idaho's Real Estate Salesperson License Exam. Schedule your exam directly by visiting www.pearsonvue.com or calling 1-(877)-540-5833. The nonrefundable exam fee is $80. You will directly pay PearsonVUE for the exam.
Bring two forms of identification with you to the exam site. One form of identification must be government-issued.
Refer to the Idaho Candidate Bulletin for more information on examination schedules, site locations, exam security, reporting, and preparation.
Step 3: Take and Pass the State Exam
The Idaho state salesperson exam is divided into two sections, general and state law, and uses multiple-choice questions.
The Idaho Salesperson Pre-licensure Exam includes:
- National section of 80 questions and 150 minutes to complete.
- State section of 40 questions and 90 minutes to complete.
- You have a total of four hours to complete the exam.
A passing score on the salesperson exam is a scaled score of 70. You must pass both portions of the exam before you can apply for your license. Your exam results are valid for (1) year.
Step 4: Get Fingerprinted For Background
All applicants must get their fingerprints taken and have a background check run before applying for their license. The IREC highly recommends scheduling your fingerprinting with PearsonVUE. The fingerprinting fee is $61.25.
Make the fingerprint appointment online at https://pearsonwest.ibtfingerprint.com. You can also contact IdentoGo® by Idemia at (866) 761-8069.
Your fingerprint and background check results are only good for six months.
Step 5: Sign up for IREC online services
Create an account with the Idaho Real Estate Commission for their online services. Here you will be able to track your license history and education records. Creating your account will be essential for checking on your fingerprint status. When you see the message, “RES-OK,” your fingerprints have cleared.
Step 6: Acquire Errors & Omissions Insurance
Idaho requires all real estate salespersons to have a current E&O policy before getting an active license. The IREC has a group policy held with Rice Insurance Services or you may be covered under a firm policy at your brokerage.
Step 7: Apply for Your License
Once you have completed all steps above, you are ready to submit the license application. The fee is $160. IREC will not process an application that is missing any documentation; view the application for what you will need.
Once the license is approved, your license will be issued on an inactive status. Your designated broker must add you to your brokerage to activate the license. After that final step, you are an Idaho real estate salesperson. Congratulations!