Illinois Home Inspection State Regulations

Regulating Body

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate

Phone: (312) 814- 4500

Fax: (312) 782-3390

Email: fpr.realestate@illinois.gov

Address: 555 West Monroe Street, 5th Floor Chicago, IL 60661

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 (six per year) CE hours
  • Pre-Licensing
    • 60 pre-licensing hours

Statute/Code: Illinois Statute ch. 225. ILCS 441/5-10 (a)(4) Home Inspector License Act

Rule/Regulation: Section 1410.100

Exam: National Home Inspector Examination with additional Illinois specific questions

Application and Licensing: Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, Division of Real Estate

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 18 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.


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