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A Certified General Appraiser is a person licensed by TALCB to perform real property appraisals. A Certified General Appraiser is authorized to appraise all types of real property without regard to complexity or transaction value for federally related transactions and non-federally related transactions.

Qualifications

  • Citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Provide 3,000 hours of acceptable and verifiable appraisal experience acquired over a minimum of 18 months of which a minimum of 1,500 hours must be non-residential real property appraisal experience
  • Meet TALCB's qualifications for honesty, trustworthiness, and integrity

College Education Requirements

In order to become a Certified General Appraiser in Texas you must have a Bachelor’s degree or higher.

Requirements

File Your Application

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Apply Online

Submit your application to become a Certified Residential Appraiser using our Online Services.   If you don't already have a username and password for My License Online Services, register now.  If you have done business with TALCB or TREC online in the past, log in now.   Submit proof of education requirements via email or fax to 512-936-3899. 

Apply by Mail

If you prefer, you can also apply for your Certified Residential Appraiser license using our paper application.   This may take longer to process and you will need to pay a paper filing fee and include copies of your education with the application. 

Complete Qualifying Education

Get Your Fingerprints Taken and Pass Your Background Check

You are required by law to have fingerprints on file with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) so a background check can be performed.   If you have previously submitted fingerprints for a TALCB or TREC license, no additional fingerprints are required.   Fingerprints on file for other agencies will not be accepted.   A license will not issue if the background check has not been passed.   Expect a delay if you are notified of an investigation into your background history.

Take The Exam

License exams are adminstered by PearsonVUE, a testing service company.

You will be sent a notice with instructions for scheduling the exam and obtaining a copy of the exam Candidate Handbook.

If you fail the exam three times, additional education will be required. 

You will be notified to submit the National Registry fee once all requirements are successfully completed.