Getting an Idaho Real Estate License

To start a career in real estate in Idaho, you’ll need to begin with the basics:

Real Estate Sales Prelicense Module 1

Real Estate Sales Prelicense Module 2

Each module is 45 hours of education that combine to make an intensive introduction into the world of real estate in Idaho.  The courses are offered in consecutive weeks each month.  You must take Module 1 first, but you can choose to take Module 2 immediately after or wait until a subsequent offering.  All prelicense courses are live courses – no online option here.

You will also need to get fingerprints before you can get a license.  It can take up to 6 weeks for the prints to be processed.  We recommend scheduling a time as soon as you can – no need to wait until your courses are over!  You can schedule a time through Pearson Vue here.  The fingerprint and testing center is located at 9183 W. Black Eagle Drive, Boise in the Black Eagle Complex.  The complex is located at the Maple Grove and Overland intersection.  The cost for having fingerprints taken is approximately $60.00.

Upon completion of Prelicense Modules 1 and 2, you will be prepared to take the federal and state exam.  You can schedule this course immediately following your courses or you can wait for up to six months.  We recommend taking the exam as close to the completion of your courses as you feel comfortable – the more time you wait, the harder to recall the information learned.  To schedule the exam, you can schedule a time through Pearson Vue here or you can call them at (877) 540-5833.  The testing center is also the location of the fingerprinting in the Pearson Vue Office.  The cost for the exam is $80.00 each time you take it.

We often get questions about passing rates on the exam.  The testing facility does not track by individual school, but the state statistics are:

Broker Exam

Salesperson Exam

National Portion Idaho Portion National Portion Idaho Portion
First Time Retake First Time Retake First Time Retake First Time Retake
63% 58% 40% 47% 74% 45% 64% 51%

Upon completion of the tests and the fingerprinting, you are prepared to apply for a license.  You will need to complete the Idaho Real Estate Commission Salesperson License Application.  You will need the verification of fingerprints, your certificates from Modules 1 & 2, a high school or college diploma or transcripts, and the completed application.  The cost for applying for a license is $160.00.

The Idaho Real Estate Commission will issue a license, but it will be inactive until a broker activates it.  Every salesperson must work under an active broker in order to list or sell real estate for another.  There are many brokers to choose from and you’ll want to consider what services, technology and training you hope to receive.  We’ll offer tips during class about how to create a list of questions and we strongly encourage you to interview with several brokers – even if you think you know which brokerage you would like to represent.  We want you to feel confident with your decision to ensure that you will seek success no matter where you land!

Upon completion of the above steps, you are ready to embark on your real estate career in Idaho!  From first licensing to every renewal after, the Real Estate Academy of Idaho will be there providing your educational needs!

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