Reciprocity Broker Information for States with a Reciprocal Agreement 

The Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS) has a reciprocal agreement with the states of Illinois and Indiana.

Wisconsin broker's license information

Reciprocal agreement: Licensees holding an active managing broker license in Illinois or Indiana are exempt from the education requirement and may take the broker exam directly. Applicants for the broker license must have a current license in good standing as a licensed managing broker in Illinois or Indiana immediately prior to taking the broker exam. Applicants for the broker license are only required to take the broker exam. The original license in the reciprocal state must have been issued on the basis of passing the state’s examination.  

Endorsement application: If your Illinois or Indiana license is not active, but was active within the past two years, you may apply to obtain a broker's license by endorsement. 


Obtain a broker's license by reciprocity

For Illinois or Indiana credential-holders with a current broker license in Illinois or Indiana

1. Pass the Wisconsin-specific broker examination administered by Pearson VUE.

2. Submit an application to the Wisconsin DSPS. A complete application includes:

  • Form 809, Application for Real Estate Broker License.
  • Form 813, Irrevocable Consent by Nonresident Applicant for Service of Process, if you are not a resident of Wisconsin.
  • Active broker license: Evidence that you hold an active broker license in good standing obtained by examination in Illinois or Indiana. In Illinois, a broker-manager is the equivalent of a Wisconsin broker. 
  • $72 reciprocal license fee.


Study aids

Broker Reciprocity Pre-exam Review On Demand: This course includes video and printable course materials. The Broker Mock Exam is also included at the end of the course to help you prepare for the Wisconsin broker exam. The WRA's On Demand format allows you to start your review today!

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Broker Mock Exam: This online exam mirrors the broker exam in content, the number of questions and the time allowed to complete the exam. The exam consists of 100 multiple-choice questions that must be completed within a time limit of 3.25 hours. Students may retake the mock exam up to three times to practice.

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Obtain a broker's license by endorsement

If your Illinois or Indiana license is not active, but was active within the past two years, you may apply to obtain a broker's license by endorsement.

  1. Satisfy one of the following requirements:  

  • Complete the board-approved six-hour pre-license education program for brokers and the board-approved 13-hour pre-license education program for salespersons.

    Shopping Cart Icon Green 13-hour Sales Course On Demand 
    (If you already hold a Wisconsin salesperson license, you do not have to pass the Wisconsin-specific salesperson exam.)

    Shopping Cart Icon Green  6-hour Broker Course On Demand  
  • Complete 20 semester hour credits in real estate or real estate-related law courses from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • Submit proof that you are licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. 

2. Pass the Wisconsin-specific salesperson exam and the Wisconsin-specific broker exam.

3. Submit evidence satisfactory to the Real Estate Examining Board of salesperson experience.

4. Submit an application to the Wisconsin DSPS. A complete application includes:

  •  Form 809, Application for New Salesperson or Broker License.
  •  Form 813, Irrevocable Consent by Nonresident Applicant for Service of Process, if you are not a resident of Wisconsin.
  • Evidence that you satisfied the education requirements.
  • Evidence that you passed the salesperson and broker exam.
  • Request a license verification from your state as evidence that you held an active broker license in good standing, for at least two years (within the last four years preceding the date of application).
  • $72 credentialing license fee.

Wisconsin licensees seeking to become licensed in Illinois or Indiana

Wisconsin licensees seeking to become licensed in Illinois should contact the Illinois Real Estate Division:

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation 
320 W. Washington St.
Springfield, IL  62786
Licensing 1-888-473-4858 or review the Examination Candidate Handbook.

For a copy of the Illinois Reciprocity Application, go to www.idfpr.com/dre.asp. Review the requirements for a sponsoring broker who is a Wisconsin resident and who has an active Illinois broker’s license and an active Wisconsin broker’s license.  

Wisconsin licensees seeking to become licensed in Indiana should contact the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency:

Indiana Real Estate Commission
402 West Washington St., Room W072
Indianapolis, IN  46204
317-234-3009 or review the Examination Candidate Handbook.

For the Indiana Reciprocity Application, visit www.in.gov/pla/real.htm. Review the requirements for a sponsoring broker who is a Wisconsin resident and who has an active Indiana broker’s license and an active Wisconsin broker’s license.

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