RENEW YOUR LICENSE

Real Estate Salesperson Continuing Education Requirements

Real Estate salespersons renewing an original license for the first time must complete 45 hours of approved Continuing Education.
- Five separate 3-hour subjects in Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing and Risk Management.
- 18 hours consisting of consumer protection and the remaining in either consumer service or consumer protection.

For second and subsequent renewals, salespersons must complete 45 hours of approved education.
- One 8-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision) OR licensees can choose to take each of the six mandatory subjects separately; and
- 18 hours consisting of consumer protection and the remaining in either consumer service or consumer protection.

Broker Continuing Education Requirements

Licensees renewing an original license for the first time must complete 45 hours of approved continuing education.
- Six separate 3-hour subjects in Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision.
- 18 hours consisting of consumer protection and the remaining in either consumer service or consumer protection.

For second and subsequent renewals, brokers must complete 45 hours of approved education.
- One 8-hour survey course covering the six mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, Risk Management, and Management and Supervision) OR licensees can choose to take each of the six mandatory subjects separately; and
- 18 hours consisting of consumer protection and the remaining in either consumer service or consumer protection.

Per California Department of Real Estate, you can only attempt 15 credit hours worth of exams in any 24-hour period. Our Learning Management System will track your exam attempts and lock any further attempts once 15 credit hours has been reached. Additional exams will become available as the 24-hour period expires.

Whether you have a salesperson or a broker license, SDAR can assist you in renewing your license, every step of the way. We are dedicated to helping you succeed at every point.

It’s recommended that you start the renewal process at least six months before it expires.
Don't know when your license expires? Find out here.

Education Requirements
Live Classes
Visit our Education Catalog for a list of classes to renew your license.

Online Classes


Renewing Your License
There are two ways to submit your license renewal:
1. Online through Department of Real Estate's free eLicensing system
2. Mail forms to the DRE Sacramento Office

e-Licensing

Department of Real Estate also offers step-by-step instructions here.

*Officer and Restricted Licenses and Continuing Education Exemptions If you have an officer’s or a restricted license, you are not eligible to use eLicensing to complete your renewal. In addition, if you meet the requirements for CE exemption and are filing the exemption for the first time, you may not use eLicensing to renew. After Department of Real Estate grants your exemption, you may renew online for each subsequent four-year renewal.

Mail

You will need to mail your renewal paperwork, along with a check or credit card payment form, directly to the Department of Real Estate. Because of lengthy processing times, it is recommended that you send your complete renewal package no later than 90 days prior to your expiration date.

Late Renewals

You are allowed two years beyond your license expiration date to renew on a “late basis”; however, when your license shows as “expired” on the Department of Real Estate (DRE) website, you cannot perform any acts for which a real estate license is required—including receiving a commission! If you don’t renew within two years from your license expiration date, you will forfeit the right to renew and you will have to start all over again as a pre-licensee.

The Department of Real Estate's eLicensing Help Desk number is 916.576.8656, or call the DRE direct at 877.373.4542.