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FAQ: Can I get my Texas real estate license if I have a prior conviction?

Can I get my Texas real estate license if I have a prior conviction?

Yes, you can still obtain a Texas real estate salespersons license if you have a prior conviction.
The Texas Real Estate Commission recommends that you submit a Fitness Determination form prior to applying for a real estate license. This will allow TREC to review the circumstances surrounding your case and determine if you meet TREC’s qualifications of honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.
Once TREC reviews your Fitness Determination form, they will let you know if they will ultimately accept your license application.

There is a non-refundable fee of $50 that must be submitted with the Fitness Determination form.
You are also required to submit a Background History form if you answered “Yes” to any of sections 9-14 of the Fitness Determination form.

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What should I do if my Fitness Determination is not approved?

If your Fitness Determination is not approved, your only available option is to resubmit a new FD with additional supporting documentation. If you do not have any additional supporting documentation to submit a new FD form, unfortunately, you will not be able to apply for a Texas real estate license.

What should I do if my Fitness Determination is approved?

If TREC approves your Fitness Determination, you can then proceed with the 180-hour Texas pre-license course and your license application. When submitting your license application, you should include your Fitness Determination letter.

How will I be notified of TREC's decision on my Fitness Determination?

If you provided an email address on your Fitness Determination form, TREC will email you their decision. Otherwise, TREC will send you their decision via mail.

Can I get my Texas real estate license if I have a prior conviction?

Yes, you can still obtain a Texas real estate salespersons license if you have a prior conviction. TREC recommends that you submit a Fitness Determination form prior to applying for a real estate license. This will allow TREC to review the circumstances surrounding your case.

What is a Background History form and when should it be used?

A Background History form is used in conjunction with a Fitness Determination form. The Background History form is used to provide more in-depth information regarding a past offense that should be disclosed to the Texas Real Estate Commission.

When should I request a Fitness Determination?

If you have any past criminal offenses, unpaid judgments, had discipline taken against a professional or occupational license you hold/held, or have performed duties of a licensee while not properly licensed, you should submit a Fitness Determination form to TREC.

What is a Fitness Determination form and when should it be used?

​A Fitness Determination form should be used if you have any prior criminal offenses, unpaid judgments, had any discipline taken against a professional or occupational license you held/hold, or have performed any duties of a licensee while not properly licensed.

What is a Fitness Determination?

Fitness Determination is when the Texas Real Estate Commission determines if an applicant meets the qualification for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity. In other words, it’s TRECs way of determining if an applicant’s moral character is acceptable to obtain a real estate license.

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