Illinois Managing Broker License Requirements

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Managing Broker License

How do I get my real estate license?

All new licensees who require managerial privileges are required to earn a Managing Broker license.

To qualify for an Illinois Real Estate Managing Broker's license in the State of Illinois:

  • you must be at least 21 years old
  • you must have an active valid Illinois real estate broker license
  • you must have had an active real estate license for two (2) of the past three (3) years
  • you must successfully complete the required coursework and pass the state licensing exam.

This category of license for brokers who will manage and sponsor themselves and/or other licensees changed in 2011 from Broker to Managing Broker.

STEP 1Complete the Required 165 Hours of Pre-License Education

The Managing Broker license is only available to applicants who held a real estate salesperson  or broker license for two out of the last three years. If you have a broker license and meet the two out of three year requirement, it is assumed you have completed the 120 Broker pre-license  requirement and you will only be required to take an additional 45 hours to include a 30-hour course, Managing Broker Pre-license Topics and a 15-hour Managing Broker Pre-license Applied Management and Supervision Interactive course.

Applicants who have never held a license will first have to  complete the 90 hour Broker license requirement and the 30 hours of post license education and follow with the 45-hour Managing  Broker requirement. You would not be able to apply for your Managing Broker license until you have met the two out of three year requirement.

The Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center makes it easy with many choices for state-approved home study, classroom, online courses:

STEP 2Take the Course Exam

The State of Illinois requires a proctored exam for each course. Students may take the proctored exams at the approved proctor location of their choice. After completing the course, the student should contact Illinois REALTORS® at 217-529-2600 to have the exam sent to their preferred proctor location. Proctor locations (pdf)

STEP 3State Licensure Exam

The state licensure exam is administered by Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) Once your completion dates are entered you may register for your state exam. (Click on "Candidates" and then select the real estate examination you are prepared to complete.) You must first be registered as a student before you can take the state exam. To register with AMP, go to the VIP Portal tab and select "student user." From there you will be able to register as a new student and obtain your AMP student ID number. When you have completed your course, Illinois REALTORS® will enter your completion date enabling you to register for the state exam.

STEP 4Apply for Your License

Apply for your license and pay the appropriate fee for the license to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


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STEP 6Continuing Education


Managing Broker licensees must successfully complete 12 hours of CE (6 core & 6 elective) 
on or before 4/30/17. The 12 hours should include one (1) Core A and one (1) Core B and two electives.


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