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Tennessee Real Estate License Requirements

In order to sell or rent properties in the State of Tennessee and earn a commission in the process, you must first obtain your real estate salespersons license.

Step #1: Complete the 90-Hour Pre-License Courses

Step #2: Schedule Your State Exam

Step #3: Pass the State Exam

Step #4: Get Fingerprinted

Step #5: Obtain Errors and Omissions Insurance

Step #6: Apply For an Affiliate Broker’s License

Read On For More Requirements, Success Stories, And FAQs On Getting your Tennessee Real Estate License.

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How to Get a Real Estate License in TN Online

There are 6 steps you need to take to get your Tennessee real estate salesperson license:

Step #1
The 90-hour pre-license education requirement includes two courses:

1) 60-Hour TN Basic Principles of Real Estate course
2) 30-Hour Course for New Affiliates

Both courses can be taken online or in-person. Most students prefer to take the courses online as it gives them more flexibility, and they can generally complete the course more quickly.

You must complete the 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate course before you can apply to take the state licensing exam.

The 30-hour Course for New Affiliates must be completed anytime before you apply for your TN Affiliate Broker’s license.

Each course includes a closed-book, non-proctored final exam.

The 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate course includes a 60-question multiple-choice final exam, with a passing grade of 70%.

The 30-hour Course for New Affiliates includes a 50-question multiple-choice final exam, with a passing grade of 70%.

You will receive your Certificate of Completion for each course as soon as you pass each final exam.


Step #2
After you pass the final exam for the 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate course, RealEstateU will submit your course completion information to PSI, the state’s testing center.

Once your course completion information is processed by PSI, you can then contact PSI to schedule your state exam date and location.

You can schedule your state exam through PSI’s website, or by phone at 1-800-733-9267.

The state exam costs $39 per exam attempt, which is paid directly to PSI.


Step #3
The TN Affiliate Broker’s state licensing exam consists of a national portion and a state portion.

The national portion consists of 80 multiple-choice questions with a passing grade of 70% (56 questions), and a time-limit of 160 minutes.

The state portion consists of 40 multiple-choice questions with a passing grade of 70% (28 questions), and a time-limit of 80 minutes.

You must pass both portions in order to pass the overall exam.

You will receive your exam grade immediately after completing the exam.

Your picture will be taken at the PSI testing center, after passing the state licensing exam. This picture will be used as part of your license application.


Step #4
The Tennessee Real Estate Commission requires all applicants to get fingerprinted.

You can get your fingerprints taken at an IdentoGO location.

Applicants, who reside outside of TN, or are physically unable to go to an IndentoGO location, may use IndentoGO’s non-resident card scan service.

Your fingerprints will be electronically transmitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the FBI, and used to conduct a criminal history background check.

The cost to get fingerprinted is around $35 and paid directly to IdentoGO. This fee may vary depending on which IndentoGO location you use and if you have to use IndentoGO’s non-resident card scan service.


Step #5
The Tennessee Real Estate Commission requires all affiliate broker candidates to obtain an errors and omissions insurance policy prior to applying for a license.


Step #6
You must apply for your TN Affiliate Broker’s license within 6 months of passing both the national and state portions of the State licensing exam.

You must apply for your license online.

TREC charges a license application fee of $91.

As part of your license application, you must include the following:

1) License application with your picture. This is the picture you take at the PSI testing center, after completing the state licensing exam.
2) Proof of High School Graduation, such as a High School diploma.
3) Proof of completing the 30-hour Course for New Affiliates. This includes your Certificate of Completion, which you can download from your RealEstateU account right after passing the course final exam.
4) Proof of an errors and omissions insurance policy.
5) Eligibility verification, if applicable.
7) Proof of electronic fingerprints (submitted through IndentoGO).



The following requirements also apply:

1) All applicants must be at least 18 years of age.
2) Proof of high school graduation (or its equivalent) is required.
3) The Tennessee Real Estate Commission does not allow anyone on parole or probation to be scheduled for the State licensing exam unless two years have passed from the date of expiration of probation, conviction, or release from incarceration, whichever is later.



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Tennessee Course Requirements

How to get a real estate license in the State of Tennessee?

Step 1: Complete the 90-Hour Pre-License Courses
The 90-hour pre-license education requirement includes two courses:
1) 60-Hour TN Basic Principles of Real Estate course
2) 30-Hour Course for New Affiliates

The 60-hour Basic Principles of Real Estate course must be completed before you can schedule your state exam.

The 30-hour Course for New Affiliates must be completed before you apply for your license.

At the end of each course is a final exam that must be completed in order to receive your Certificate of Completion for each course.

Step 2: Schedule Your State Exam

The State licensing exam must be taken at a PSI testing center.

After you complete the 60-hour Principles of Real Estate course, RealEstateU will send your course completion information to PSI, after which you can schedule your exam date and location with PSI.

The state exam fee is $39 per exam attempt.

Step 3: Pass the State Exam
The state exam consists of a national and state portion.

The national portion consists of 80 multiple-choice questions, while the state portion consists of 40 multiple-choice questions.

You must answer at least 56 out of the 80 national questions and 28 out of the 40 state questions in order to pass.

You must pass both portions of the exam in order to pass the overall exam.

Step 4: Get Fingerprinted
Before you can apply for your license, you must get fingerprinted at an IdentoGO location.

Your fingerprints will be sent to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) and the FBI in order to conduct a criminal history background check.

The fingerprinting fee is around $35.

Step 5: Obtain Errors and Omissions Insurance
All affiliate broker candidates are required to have an errors and omissions insurance policy prior to applying for a license.

Step 6: Apply For an Affiliate Broker’s License
You must apply for your Affiliate Broker’s license within 6 months of passing the State licensing exam.

You can apply for your license online, through the state’s website.

There is a license application fee of $91.

As part of your license application, you must include the following:

1) License application with your picture. This is a picture taken of you at the PSI testing center (after completing the state licensing exam).
2) Proof of High School Graduation (High School diploma).
3) Certificate of Completion for the 30-hour Course for New Affiliates.
4) Proof of an errors and omissions insurance policy.
5) Eligibility verification (if applicable).
7) Proof of electronic fingerprints.



Top 3 FAQ's On Getting Your License In Tennessee

Can I take the Missouri pre-license course if I'm still in High School?

Yes! You can take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course while you are still in High School. You can also take the State real estate salespersons exam at age 17; however, you cannot activate your license until you are at least 18 years old.

How can I take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course?

You can take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course either online or in-person. Most students prefer to take the course online since they can take the course at their own pace. If you take the course in-person at a local school, you will have to take the course according to the school's schedule.

Can I take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course online?

Yes! As long as the online course is fully approved by the Missouri Real Estate Commission, you can take the course online. Most students actually prefer to take the course online since it allows them to take the course at their own pace. It is entirely possible to complete the 72-hour online course in under one week.

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