Licensing & Renewal
Get your License
To obtain a real estate license, you must first qualify for and pass a written examination. Those who pass the examination are provided a license application which must be submitted to and approved by the Department of Real Estate. General license requirements include: At least 18 years of age, proof of legal presence, and full disclosure.
The salesperson license is required of individuals who conduct licensed real estate activities as described in the Real Estate Law under the supervision of a licensed broker. A license may also be obtained by a person who does not immediately intend to be employed by a broker. However, a salesperson without an employing broker may not perform acts requiring a real estate license. The completion of three college-level courses is required.
The broker license requires a two-year minimum of full-time licensed salesperson experience within the last five years or the equivalent, along with the completion of eight college-level courses.
Detailed licensing information can be found at the Department of Real Estate.
Get discounted pre-licensing courses through OnlineED.
Renew your License
Licenses are issued for a four-year period and should be renewed prior to the expiration date listed on the license. The DRE mails a renewal form to the licensee’s mailing address approximately 90 days prior to the license expiration date.
Renew by Mail
You will need to submit the following:
- Renewal Application
- Continuing Education Course Verification
- Proof of Legal Presence
Find forms, fees and detailed instructions at the Department of Real Estate.
The DRE’s secure eLicensing system offers expedited online processing of salesperson and broker license renewals. Continuing education requirements must be completely satisfied in order to renew through eLicensing.
Your renewal is on-time if your eLicensing transaction is completed or your application is postmarked before midnight on your license expiration date. If you renew on-time, you are permitted to continue operating under your existing license after its expiration date unless otherwise noted by the DRE.
If you fail to renew your license on-time, you may renew your license during the two year late renewal period immediately following your license expiration date. However, you cannot perform activities requiring a real estate license until your license has been renewed.
Check your license status to verify license renewal.