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How to become a Licensed Appraiser

A Licensed Appraiser is a person who is licensed by the Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board (TALCB) and has met the educational, experience and examination requirements for licensing.

Note: To be eligible to apply for a state licensed appraiser you must:

  1. Be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien.
  2. Be eighteen (18) years of age or older.
  3. Provide 2000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 12 months.
  4. Satisfy the board as to the applicants honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity.


  1. Education Requirement

    The following education is required to obtain an Appraiser License:

    1. Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours)
    2. Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours)
    3. 15-Hour national USPAP or Equivalent (15 hours)
    4. Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)
    5. Residential Appraiser Site Evaluation and Cost Approach (15 hours)
    6. Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approaches (30 hours)
    7. Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 hours)

    Total Hours Required 150 Hours

    Evidence of successful completion shall be presented via credit transcript or course completion certificate when filing an application. DO NOT submit original transcripts and/or course completion certificates. Keep the originals for your personal files and send copies to the Board.


  2. Filing Your Application

    After you have completed your education, you may file the online Application for Appraiser License at My License Online Services and pay the $330.00 filing fee. Education documents may be submitted to or fax to (512) 936-3899.

    To submit the Application for Appraiser License form, you must include the required fees. Please note that an application received without the appropriate fee will be rejected and the fee will be returned. Fees should be submitted in one check, cashiers check or money order payable to the TALCB. Cash will not be accepted. The application and fees should be mailed to:

    Texas Appraiser Licensing and Certification Board
    P O Box 12188
    Austin, TX 78711-2188

    ALL FEES ARE NONREFUNDABLE.


  3. Examination

    An examination is required and must be passed within 1 year of the application filing date. All requirements must be satisfied, including successfully passing the examination before a certification will be issued. An applicant is prohibited from taking the exam after three failed attempts. An applicant who fails the exam by one to five points must complete an additional 15 hours of education. An applicant who failed by six to ten points must take 30 hours, etc., with a maximum of 60 hours. After the education requirements have been met, an applicant will receive instructions on how to obtain a copy of the Candidate Information Bulletin (CIB) which will provide instructions on how to make reservations to take the examination. The examination fee is $61.00 each time the exam is taken.



  • Request for Inactive Status

    Appraisers can request inactive status in one of two situations:

    1. If the certification is active, the renewal fee must be submitted along with the Request for Inactive Status form for CURRENTLY certified or licensed appraisers and the required $50.00 inactive fee. The current original certification must accompany the request for inactive status form. The request will be returned if all required documents are not submitted.
    2. If the certification is expired for one year or less, the Renewal of Appraiser License form must be submitted along with the renewal fee. An inactive license will issue if the box is checked to renew under inactive status.
  • Request to Return To Active Status

    An appraiser who wishes to return to active status must:

    1. Satisfy 28 hours of appraiser continuing education for each two-year renewal period the certification has been inactive, which must include the 7-hour National USPAP Update course.
    2. Submit copies of continuing education documents along with the Request for Active Status form.
    3. Pay the $80.00 National Registry fee and $50.00 active status fee ($130.00 total).


  • Renewal Requirements for the Appraiser License

    The license or certification issued by the board is valid for two years after the date of issue. Appraisers will receive a renewal notice approximately 90 days before the renewal filing deadline. Failure to receive the renewal notice does not relieve the appraiser of the responsibility of timely applying for renewal. The license or certification will expire if the renewal is not timely submitted.

    To renew your license you must:

    1. Pay the $380.00 renewal fee online at My License Online Services no later than the expiration date of your license; OR
    2. Submit the Renewal of Appraiser License form along with the renewal fee, which must be postmarked no later than the expiration date of the license.
    3. Satisfy the required 28 hours of appraiser continuing education, which must include completion of the 7-hour National USPAP Update course, unless renewing on inactive status. Submit copies of course completion certificates to or fax to (512) 936-3899.

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    An appraiser licensee who is unable to complete the 28 hours of continuing education may request an extension of education requirements by renewing the license AND submitting the ACE Extension Request form along with an additional $200.00 fee. An extension must be submitted by the expiration date. Persons granted a 60-day extension may not perform appraisals in federally-related transactions. The education must be completed within 60 days of the extension expiration date or the certification will automatically be placed on inactive status. Provide copies of course completion certificates to verify satisfactory completion of courses.


  • To Renew the Expired Appraiser License

    Submit the Renewal of Appraiser License form with the appropriate filing fee.

    To Return on Active Status

    If Appraiser Continuing Education (ACE) is complete and the National Registry fee is paid, the license will be issued ACTIVE.

    To Return Under Inactive Status

    An inactive license will be issued if the box is checked to renew on inactive status. The National Registry fee or ACE is not required if renewing inactive.

    If the license is expired more than six months, the individual must re-apply and retake the examination.


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