Idaho State Required Education Hours: 90 hours
Agent Real Estate Schools Idaho Course Hours Offered: 90 hours
Step 1: To start with, you must meet the state’s broker education requirement as outlined on the Idaho Real Estate Commission website. You must also meet the state’s other requirements.
- You must be at least 18 years old
- You must possess a high school diploma or GED.
- You must be a United States citizen or lawful resident.
- You must not have felonies and/or misdemeanors listed on your criminal record or have had a professional license revoked.
Step 2: You must complete 90 hours of IREC approved pre-licensing courses.
Step 3: You must pass the state and national portions of the broker licensing exam, earning a score of at least 70%.
Step 4: You must submit your fingerprints to IREC for a criminal background check as part of the licensing process. Visit Fingerprint Instructions for more information.
Step 5: Register a username and password for the IREC online services if you have not done so.
Step 6: Complete the submission application form and apply for Idaho Broker License.
Note: To be a designated broker, you must complete the Idaho Business Conduct and Office Operations (BCOO) Course before you can be licensed. *** Completion of the Idaho Brokerage Management course fulfills the BCOO requirement.
Which license is right for you? The difference between a real estate agent and a real estate broker is based on years of experience and education. Firstly, a real estate salesperson must be sponsored by a licensed broker. A broker can work for themselves and hire agents to work for them. Becoming a real estate broker requires completing additional coursework and working a minimum of two years as a real estate agent.
How Long Does It Take to Get an Idaho Broker License?
It varies per person how long it takes to get the license, depending on how fast you can complete the 90 hours of pre-licensing courses and pass your licensing examination. It also depends on the time it takes you to complete the application process and application processing times.
What Experience Is Required to Obtain an Idaho Broker License?
Before a broker or applicant can be licensed, they must have been licensed on active status for at least 2 years of the previous 5 years. You must also have a high school diploma or GED.
If you have been on an active license in Idaho for at least 2 years and are enrolled in a broker pre-license course at an accredited school approved by the commission, your license history will be verified by the commission at the time the school transmits your online application.
If you took your pre-licensing education outside of Idaho state or are licensed in another state, you must attach a certification of your license history from that state verifying you meet all the requirements for licensure with your application as well as submit a request of a waiver of these courses in writing with your current mailing address to the commission. If approved the national portion of the exam will be waived but you will still need to complete the state portion.
Note: That the license history must be less than 2-year-old, and it must show ‘active’ time or dates.
What Kind of Information Will I Learn to Help Me Get a Real Estate Broker License in Idaho?
Once you complete your courses, you are eligible to sit for the Idaho Broker Licensing Exam.
You have 1 year from the start date to complete the 90-hour pre-license coursework for the broker course.
The required courses within the 90 hours include:
- Brokerage Management (28 hours)
- Real Estate Law (30 hours)
Two courses from the following list:
- Real Estate Finance (20 hours)
- Valuation & Analysis (20 hours)
- Idaho GRI 101/102 (both portions must be taken to fulfill one elective requirement)
- Idaho GRI 201/202 (both portions must be taken to fulfill one elective requirement)
- CCIM Designation Courses CI101, CI102, CI103, CI104 (attended live only and not completed by “challenge” or through online delivery, unless the online course is ARELLO certified)
Our policy at Agent Real Estate Schools states that once you start the education courses, you are required to complete the 90-hour broker pre-licensing course within 1 year of the start date.
How Much Does It Cost to Get a Broker License in Idaho?
Becoming a real estate broker in Idaho requires time and money but is very rewarding. An aspiring broker will spend up to $760 to get their license.
How these costs break down:
- Coursework can run up to $350.
- Exam fees run $85.
- License fees for a broker cost $160.
- Required fingerprints will cost $61.25.
- Business entity/Branch office $50
- Other miscellaneous fees can run upward of $50, where applicable.
Real Estate License Reciprocity
Idaho has no agreement of reciprocity with any other state. However, if you have a license in another state and you’re active, you qualify for a waiver of the national portion of the Idaho licensing exam. You will need to request for a certified license history from your state of licensure so it can be submitted to IREC through Exam Waiver Request (REE-047).
Certified license histories are good for 6 months from the date of issuance or up to the license expiration date in that state, whichever comes first.
Note: The waiver must be applied before to scheduling an exam appointment or you will have to take both the national and state portion of the exam.
How Do I Apply for and take the Idaho Broker Licensing Exam?
The broker examinations must be taken through the Idaho Real Estate Commission however, Person VUE will administer it. The state requires that you achieve a score of 70% or higher to pass. Agent Real Estate Schools offers a broker licensing course.
Test center locations include:
- Coeur d’Alene
- Twin Falls
How Do I Submit My Fingerprints for The Background Check?
As an applicant for your real estate broker license, you must submit one set of fingerprints, acceptable to the Idaho Real Estate Commission (IREC).
Your fingerprints must clear before submitting your application. You can check your fingerprints status by logging in to the online services. The message “RES-OK” on your fingerprint status means your prints have cleared. Contact the IREC staff for assistance if you had a license revoked or if you have a criminal history
IREC recommends that applicants have their fingerprints taken directly at the Pearson VUE testing center using the appointment link they provide and not to the commission. The results are provided to the IREC within seven to 21 days and will be valid for six months. If you cannot have your fingerprints taken at a Pearson VUE testing center, you must contact IREC to have a fingerprint packet sent to you. You can then take the packet to a law enforcement agency near you to have your fingerprints taken
Fingerprint processing fees are not refunded if you do not pass the examination.
How Do I Submit My Idaho Broker Application?
You can submit your application for a broker license at broker application. When submitting the form, you will be required to add some other documents.
- $160 license fee
- Copy of high school diploma or equivalency certificate.
- Current certified license history from your state of licensure (if applicable)
- Explanation of license disciplinary actions (if applicable)
- Copy of document showing legal presence in the US (one of the following):
- Driver’s license or state-issued identification card
- Native American tribal document
- Valid US passport or visa
Idaho Broker License Renewal
Idaho broker licenses are good for two years. Renewal fees will run you $160.
Does Idaho Require Post-Licensing Education?
Idaho real estate brokers who are renewing their licenses or filing for a late renewal must complete 19 hours of approved continuing education coursework.
- 6 hours mandatory
- 12 hours elective
Obtaining Certificate of Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, you will be provided an electronic certificate of completion which can be found in the “my courses” tab in your student portal. Next to each completed course you will find an icon for the course completion certificate.
You will be required to submit your certificate of completion with your license request, please refer to your license application to determine if this is necessary.