Already Licensed Somewhere Else
Idaho has no reciprocal or other license agreements with any jurisdiction. However, Idaho waives the national portion of the licensing exam, prelicense education, and broker experience requirements (if applicable) if you are licensed on active status in another state. You may obtain the same type of license in Idaho (salesperson or broker) as you hold in your primary state of licensure, unless your primary state is a “single licensure” state (everyone holds a broker license). If you are licensed in a “single licensure” state, you must hold a Principal or Designated Broker license to qualify for an Idaho broker license.
- Order a certified license history from your primary state of licensure (typically takes 3 to 6 weeks). Ask the agency to mail the certified license history to you. Send the history to IREC with a completed Exam Waiver Request form to obtain a waiver of the national portion of the licensing exam. The certified license history must show your license is on active status in order to receive a waiver.
- If you are actively licensed in another state, you qualify for a waiver of the national portion of the Idaho licensing exam. Request a certified license history from your state of licensure. Ask for the history to be sent to you, and submit it to IREC with the Exam Waiver Request form. Certified license histories are good for 6 months from the date of issuance. Your waiver must be applied prior to scheduling a date and time to take the State portion. Otherwise you are required to take both portions of the exam. No exceptions!
- Fingerprints can take anywhere from 1 week to 12 weeks for processing. Read IREC’s Fingerprint Instructions:
- We recommend having your fingerprints taken at a Pearson Vue test center, if possible. Electronic fingerprints are processed much faster than fingerprints made on a paper card.
- If you cannot have your fingerprints taken at a Pearson Vue test center, you must contact IREC to have a fingerprint packet sent to you. Take the fingerprint card to the nearest law enforcement agency to have your fingerprints rolled. Make sure you and the person who is taking your prints follow the fingerprint instructions exactly.
- Read the Pearson VUE candidate handbook for more information on topics covered in the exam. See the approved textbook list for resources helpful in preparing for the exams. The License Law & Rules Booklet and guidelines are available on the IREC website.
- To be an Idaho Designated Broker, you must also take the Idaho Business Conduct and Office Operations (BCOO) course before you can be licensed. We recommend you take this class before you take the state exam. Go to the Public Database Search to search for available live and online BCOO courses.
- The Commission has a group policy available through Rice Insurance Services Co., or ask your designated broker if you will be covered under a firm policy at the brokerage. Either way, you must have E&O coverage in place before your license can be activated.
- Read and carefully complete the Salesperson Application or Broker Application (Form REE-040 or REE-041 on the IREC website).
- You must send in a certified license history from your primary state of licensure with your application. If the history you used to obtain your exam waiver is more than 6 months old, you must obtain a new certified license history before IREC can accept your application.
*VERY IMPORTANT* Be sure to answer every question and include all required attachments and the correct fee. IREC cannot accept incomplete paperwork, and all incomplete paperwork will be returned to you.
You may obtain a waiver of the national portion of the licensing exam, if you hold an active status license in another jurisdiction. Prelicense education and broker experience (if applicable) will also be waived.
To see all of the requirements of the Idaho Real Estate Commission, check out their page here: https://irec.idaho.gov/education/ilr/