Becoming an Idaho Real Estate Agent

Step 1.

Register for, and attend prelicense classes (Modules 1 & 2). Courses must be taken through a certified provider.

Step 2.

Pass the state and national portions of the salesperson licensing exam, and get fingerprinted for a background check. The exam and fingerprint appointment can be scheduled though Pearson VUE at

Fingerprints can take anywhere between 1 and 12 weeks for processing. 

  • Taking fingerprints at Pearson VUE test center, is recommended. 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 (Idaho Real Estate Commission) 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 that 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 exams. See the approved textbook list for resources helpful in preparing for the exams. You can download the License Law and Rules Booklet and guidelines from the IREC website. 


Step 3.

Register a username and password for the IREC online services. The online services allow you to track your own fingerprint status, license history , and education records. 

Step 4.

Your fingerprints must clear before you send in your application. You can check your fingerprint status by logging in to the online services. The message “RES-OK” on your fingerprint status means that your prints have cleared.


If you have ever had a felony or a professional license revoked, contact IREC staff for assistance. 

Step 5.

The commission has a group policy available through Rice insurance Services Co. at, or ask your designated broker if you will be covered under a firm’s policy at the brokerage. Either way, you must have E&O coverage in place before your license can be activated. 

Step 6.

Read and carefully complete the Salesperson Application (Form REE-040 on the IREC website).

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