The primary basis for Department of Professional Regulations to deny a license fall under Section 20-20 of the Act. In addition, every application for a leasing agent, broker and managing broker license contain a series of questions which may also provide basis to deny an application, including:

  • Have you ever been convicted of any criminal offense in any state or federal court?
  • Have you been denied a professional license or permit or the privilege of taking an examination?
  • Have you ever had a professional license or permit disciplined in any way by any licensing authority in Illinois or any other state/jurisdiction?
  • Have you ever been discharged other than honorable discharge from the armed services or from a city, county, state, or federal position?
  • Are you more than 30 days in arrears on any court ordered child support payments?
  • Are you in arrears on any state taxes due to the Illinois Department of Revenue?
  • Are you in arrears on any student loan acquired through the Illinois Student Assistance Commission?

Answering in the affirmative to any of these questions may result in the transfer of the application to the DPR Legal Department for review. An affirmative answer will not automatically result in a denial of the license. The Legal Department may arrange for an informal meeting with the applicant and representatives of the Real Estate Administration and Disciplinary Board to discuss a resolution to the application. The Legal Department may also choose to issue a formal Intent to Deny Notice. All applicants have a right to a Formal Evidentiary Hearing on the application.

Note – Failing to answer all questions on the application honestly and accurately will likely result in the denial of the license.


For any further questions regarding obtaining a real estate license or licensing issues please contact Illinois Defense Attorney James Goldberg at 312- 735-1185 or visit his website