IDFPR Introduces Online Licensing for Real Estate

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Streamlining New License Application Processing

Over the past two years, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) has moved to implement more efficient processes that streamline the ways we interact with government.

This month, the Real Estate Division took a big step forward with the introduction of an online licensing process for new license applicants. Initially, this feature is being offered to Brokers and other individuals who have recently passed a state licensing examination.

What License Applicants Should Know

Up until now, individuals who passed the state license examination (currently administered by PSI/AMP) were required to complete and submit paperwork that is provided to them immediately after their examination. Because Illinois Real Estate Brokers are required to be sponsored by a Managing Broker, they must identify which person or company will sponsor their license. A license cannot be issued without a sponsoring broker.

While the paper-based process is still available (for now), information about successful exam completions is now being transmitted from PSI/AMP to the IDFPR. Upon receipt and processing, the IDFPR will send the individual an e-mail that invites them to apply online for their new license. The online application process eliminates the need to submit paperwork and payments by mail.

Applicants who take advantage of the new online portal will enter all required information electronically, including attachment of required documents and payment – by credit card or electronic check. Importantly, the applicant will be required to identify the sponsoring/managing broker with whom they seek to affiliate. Once submitted, the applicant will be able to monitor the status of their application. Upon approval by the IDFPR and sponsoring broker, the applicant will receive an e-mail notification that their new license has been issued.

What Sponsoring and Managing Brokers Need to Know (and Do)

This new process impacts two major areas for sponsoring brokers:

  1. 45-day permit sponsor cards
    With the traditional paper application process, there was a long delay that resulted from mailing, check processing, and application review. The 45-day permit helped to eliminate bottlenecks and enabled new licensees to get to work quickly. With the introduction of online licensing, most of these bottlenecks have been eliminated, which means that new license applications can be approved in just a few days. As such, there is no longer a need for sponsors to issue a 45-day permit.

  2. Online approval (or rejection) of sponsorship requests from licensees
    As new license applicants submit their online application, they will be required to choose their sponsoring/managing broker. (The IDFPR website will provide a list they may search/choose from.) As part of the application approval process, an e-mail will be sent to the sponsoring/managing broker with a notification that directs them to log in and approve or reject the applicant’s request. Therefore, it’s critical that sponsoring licensees have a valid e-mail address on-file with the IDFPR and monitor their inbox for these important messages. (Messages will be sent by FPR.Notice@Illinois.gov)

What’s Next?

Development of the online licensing portal is ongoing and soon, an online application process will be available to real estate business license applicants (Corporations, Partnerships, and LLCs). Sometime later, sponsoring and sponsored licensees will be able to request and approve sponsorship changes through an online process.


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Top 3 Things You Need to Know to Pass the Illinois Real Estate Broker Exam

Success Passing Illinois Real Estate ExamAre you planning to become a real estate Broker in Illinois? If so, follow this advice to improve your chances of success on the state licensing exam.

  1. Do Not Procrastinate: Take the State Exam As Soon As Possible
    As soon as you pass the Illinois Broker pre-licensing course, you will earn a 90-hour transcript that will qualify you to take the state exam with Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP). Earning a transcript means that you have successfully completed the course, passed the final course exams and are now ready to take the next step.

    The next step is to take the state exam while the information is still fresh in your mind.  Schedule the state exam as soon as possible and no later than two weeks after earning your transcript. Refer to the AMP Candidate Handbook for detailed information about the exam.

    For most students, procrastinating will hinder their ability to pass the state exam. The sooner you get there, the more likely you will be able to successfully pass. If more than three months have passed and you were unable to take the state exam, you may benefit from a refresher course.

  2. Stay In the Zone – Stay On Track
    From the time that you earn the transcript, to the time that you take the state exam, allow NO DISTRACTIONS. Try to avoid any activity that will take you away from staying in the zone. For example, avoid scheduling vacations during this time.

    Stay focused by continuing to study. Review some of your weakest testing areas by rereading those chapters, retaking the practice quizzes and making sure that you understand the key terms.

  3.  Be Confident
    Being confident is easier said than done, especially when test stress gets in the way. For many, taking an exam is a very stressful experience. You made it through one hurdle by passing the 90-hour pre-license final exams but it’s still not over – The “big one” is next!

    If test stress begins to multiply and interfere with your positive mind set and ability to pass the state exam, consider enrolling in our test prep course.  This course will add a dose of confidence by teaching you additional test-taking skills and strategies to pass the state exam.

For more information about Illinois real estate licensing or licensure requirements, visit www.idfpr.com or www.InstituteOnline.com/RElicensing

READY, SET, TRANSITION! IDFPR Applications Are Now Available

This week, the applications that are required to complete the Illinois real estate license transition became available from the IDFPR.  The online and paper applications can be accessed at the department’s website:  http://www.IDFPR.com/REtransition.

Please note:  The online / electronic application is only available to licensees who elected to transition by completing the proficiency examination.  Licensees who opted to complete the transition education program (which we strongly recommend) are required to submit the paper application. 

The obvious question that follows is … WHY?  The paper form is necessary because there is currently no process for approved schools to electronically report transition course completions to the IDFPR.  As a result, licensees are required to submit an original copy of their certificate(s) of completion to the IDFPR with their paper application.  Without a copy of the certificate(s), it won’t be possible for the department to verify that the transition requirements were satisfied – so don’t forget to provide this additional paperwork when submitting your application!

The IDFPR has established an electronic reporting process for proficiency exam completions.  This one was a bit easier because all of the reporting comes from one vendor – Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP), the company responsible for creating, maintaining, and grading the proficiency exam.  It’s not clear how often AMP will be reporting course completions to the IDFPR, so you may not be able to file your online application immediately after passing the proficiency exam.   (We’ve already heard from some students who ran into this “roadblock.”)

As a reminder, we offer convenient self-study programs that allow you to satisfy the transition requirements.  Call or visit our updated transition website today!

New Deadline for Illinois Real Estate Exam

As you may have heard, beginning April 30, 2011, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will no longer issue new real estate salesperson licenses.  The original deadline for a new salesperson candidate to pass the state exam was March 15, 2011, to allow the state sufficient time to process and issue the new licenses. 

For many of you who have been pulling all-nighters to meet this looming deadline, your stress levels were taken to new heights when you found out that most test centers around the state were full.  Real Estate Institute has fielded so many calls from panicked students.

Good news is here!  Real Estate Institute was notified by the IDFPR yesterday that they have authorized Applied Measurement Professionals (AMP) to extend the deadline for salesperson examinations as follows:

  • Testing will now be permitted through Saturday, March 19, 2011.

For more information visit the IDFPR’s website. http://www.idfpr.com/dpr/re/REALEST.asp