Illinois – Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body:

Office of Banks and Real Estate

Phone: (312) 814- 4500

Fax: (312) 814- 3145

Address: 100 W. Randolph, 9th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601


Quick Illinois Facts:

  • Home inspection is regulated
  • Every Two Years License Renewal Cycle
  • Distance education is allowed
  • CE distance education is allowed
  • License Type(s): Home Inspector


  • Field Training and Experience
    • 40 Hours of Experience
  • CE
    • 12 (6 per year) CE Hours
  • Pre-Licensing
    • 60 Pre-Licensing Hours

Exam: National Home Inspector Examination with additional Illinois specific questions – through AMP only

Illinois Home Inspection Training: Illinois law creates the Illinois Home Inspector License Act and establishes a Home Inspector Advisory Board within the Office of Banks and Real Estate (OBRE), which is charged with regulating home inspectors. To obtain a license, an applicant must:

  1. be at least 21 years of age,
  2. obtain a high school diploma or GED,
  3. as a prerequisite for sitting for the examination, successfully complete 60 hours of pre-license education from an education provider approved and licensed by OBRE, and
  4. take and successfully pass the Home Inspector Examination for Illinois, which consists of the National Home Inspector Examination and a section concerning Illinois statutes and regulations.

Licensed home Inspectors are required to perform Inspections that meet the minimum standards of practice established by rule as adopted by the OBRE. The law also exempts certain professionals from licensure as a home inspector while acting under the scope of their licenses. The law became effective January 1, 2003.

Application and Licensing: Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation