Idaho State Required Pre-Licensing Hours: 90 hours  
Agent Real Estate Schools Idaho Course Hours Offered: 90 hours  

Step 1: To start with, you have to meet the state’s Salesperson Pre-licensing Education requirement as outlined on the Idaho Real Estate Commission website. You also must meet the state’s other requirements. 

They include: 

  • 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: Pass the state and national portions of the salesperson licensing exam, earning a score of at least 70%.  

Step 4: You must submit your fingerprints IREC for a criminal background check as part of the licensing process. Visit Fingerprint Instructions for more information.  

Step 5: You must find a sponsoring brokerage with which to affiliate your license. Are you curious about how to choose the right broker for you? 
Step 6: To have an active license in Idaho, Licensees are required to have an Error and Omission Insurance. 

Step 7: You can apply for Idaho Salesperson License. Read and successfully complete the Submission Application form.  

Note: You are required to pass both portions of your exam within 1 year of completing your pre-licensing requirements but if you fail one portion of the exam, you’ll only be required to retake that portion.

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 Real Estate 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 Will I Learn to Help Me Get a Real Estate License in Idaho? 

Once you complete your courses, you are eligible to sit for the Idaho Real Estate License Exam. 

You have 1 year from the start date to complete the 90-hour pre-license coursework for salespersons course. 
You are required to take two 45-hour modules. Module 1 teaches the fundamental real estate concepts. Module 2 studies the knowledge and applied skills in real estate. You must take these courses from an approved education provider. 

How Do I Apply for and take the Idaho Real Estate Licensing Exam?

IREC contracts with Pearson VUE to administer the Idaho real estate licensing exams.  Idaho test centers are located in Boise, Coeur d’Alene, Nampa, Pocatello, and Twin Falls. 

Agent Real Estate Schools offers both a live online webinar Group Study Course and a study at your own pace online Fast Track Course. Additionally, we offer Prep Practice Course which will help you prepare for the Idaho real estate licensing exam. Pass your Idaho real estate license exam and ask us about our 100% Reimbursement Program

To make an exam appointment (required) or locate a test center near you, visit or call (877) 540-5833. The exam fee is $80.  For more information, see the Pearson VUE Candidate Handbook for more information. 

Real Estate License Reciprocity 

Idaho does not have a reciprocal licensing agreement with any state. If you are actively licensed in another state, you can qualify for a waiver of the national portion of the Idaho licensing exam and/or pre-license education. Otherwise, you will have to complete the other steps in the process. 

Out-of-state residents are required to:  

  • Follow the same steps as an Idaho resident. 


Note: If you can't have your fingerprints taken at a Pearson VUE test center, you will need to contact the Idaho Real Estate Commission to have a fingerprint packet sent to you. 

How Much Does It Cost to Get a Real Estate License in Idaho?

Becoming a real estate agent in Idaho requires time and money but is very rewarding. An aspiring agent will spend up to $1,055 (minus their enrollment fee through our 100% Reimbursement Program) to get their license. 
How these costs break down:  

  • Pre-licensing exam coursework can run up to $599. At Agent Real Estate Schools, we offer a 100% Reimbursement Program, ask us about it!  
  • Exam fees run $80.  
  • License application fees for an agent cost $160.  
  • Required fingerprints will cost $61.25.  
  • E&O Insurance is $155. 

How Do I Submit My Fingerprints for The Background Check?

All licensees are required to submit fingerprints to the IREC for a background check. This must be done before submitting your application. 

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. You can check the status of your fingerprints by registering with the IREC website

Idaho Real Estate License Renewal

Idaho real estate licenses are good for two years. They expire on the last day of your birth month. Renewal fees will run you $160 annually. 

Does Idaho Require Post-Licensing Education?

For your first-time license renewal, you will need to take 12 hours of post-licensing education. This includes an 8-hour mandatory post-license fundamental course and one four-hour post-license course of your choice. In addition, you’ll need two different Idaho commission core classes. 

How Do I Submit My Idaho Real Estate License Application?

The application for Idaho Salesperson License takes about 10 days to complete and will appear in the on the IREC website once it has been approved. You will need your broker to add you to their brokerage for your license to become active. When submitting the Salesperson Application form, you will be required to add some other documents. 

They include: 

  • $160 license fee  

Special Considerations

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.

Idaho Real Estate Commission 
Address: 575 E Parkcenter Blvd Suite 180 
Boise, ID 83706 
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (208) 334-3285 
Phone: (208) 334-2050