TREC and NYS Board of Realtors Hours and Services amid COVID-19


While Americans around the country are all adapting to isolation and social distancing, state-level government institutions are working to find the best way to keep everyone safe and as healthy as possible. 

We’ve seen an increase in calls to our awesome customer experience team asking questions about the real estate license exam and whether or not governing bodies like TREC or GREC are still open at this time. We’re here to help keep you informed and updated during this COVID-19 crisis and answer your questions.

What You Should Know About TREC Processes During COVID-19

Can I still take my Texas Real Estate Licensing Exam?

The Texas Real Estate Comission (TREC) has put a pause on all exams for the time being. Pearson VUE has temporarily closed its testing centers in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and home proctoring is not yet available. 

Can I still submit my Texas Real Estate License application if I’ve already completed the exam?

Yes! TREC’s employees are working remotely and can still work to process any electronically submitted applications. If you need to mail in the application, or have recently mailed the application, please be aware that these will be delayed, as the office is currently closed. 

Will there be extensions on License renewals and will fees will be waved due to circumstances?

TREC has been closely monitoring the need and ability to extend license application and license renewal requirements. They are working to ease any burdens or hardships that are being placebo n applicants and license holders. That being said, this is a work in progress and will be announced in the coming days. 

I’m trying to figure out next steps, but I’m only 17, what can I do?

With classes paused for a while, many students and young adults are seeking to learn more about getting a real estate license. If you are not yet 18, you can begin your required real estate pre-licensing courses at any time. That being said, however, you must be 18 to apply for the real estate license after you have completed the 180 hours of course work.

New York State Board of Real Estate Updates for COVID-19

Since Pearson VUE facilities are closed, am I able to take my real estate exam from home?

All exams have been canceled until April 3, 2020 and you will not be able to schedule a testing time until then. The ability to have an exam proctored from your home is not yet an option. That being said, the landscape of this virus and protocols that follow are changing daily. The NYS Board of Real Estate is continuing to update their website as new policies are being made. 

Is New York allowing extensions for real estate courses, as students are not allowed to take exams?

If your 1-year time frame to complete your real estate course is due to end during the next month, the NYS Board of Real Estate is willing to extend the expiration deadline on a case by case basis. 

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