In Illinois a career in real estate begins with a broker’s license.
Once you obtain your broker’s license you will need to find a
Managing Broker to sponsor you for at least two years. After two
years, if you wish to operate a sole proprietorship or open your
own office, you can obtain a Managing Broker’s License.
Who Needs a License?
According to Illinois law, a person needs a real estate license if
they provide assistance which is in any way intended in the sale or
lease of real estate such as representing clients in the negotiation
of real estate sales contracts or leases, and issuing
advertisements for the sale, purchase or lease of real estate, The
assistance must be provided to others. Accordingly, a person who
buys, sells, or leases real estate as a "principal" does not need a
real estate license
Be at least 21 years old
Have graduated from high school or obtained the equivalent of a high school degree (GED)