Q. When should someone start thinking about their license renewal?
A. It’s best to start within one year of the expiration date (not one day before!) That way you’ll know that the class information you’re learning is up-to-date.
Q. What’s the best way to renew a license?
A. There are a number of different education providers that members can choose to renew their license. Many members choose to buy the renewal materials at OCAR. They’ve been developed by REVEI [Real Estate Video Education Institute] and cost $70 (+tax) for members. We don’t offer survey courses. You can either choose to take the tests in person at OCAR Laguna Hills (with me) or take the tests online. To further your professional development, I recommend that REALTORS® get the GRI Designation–it fulfills all your real estate license renewal requirements in addition to providing valuable information.
Q. So they’ve bought their materials at OCAR, what do they do next?
A. Members have to have the study material for at least six days before they can test. After the six days, they can either contact me to schedule a testing appointment or they can take the tests online.
Q. How many tests can you take at a time?
A. You can only test for 15 hours of credit in one day–so three days of total testing to renew your license.
Q. What’s the next step after the tests?
A. If you test with me, I’ll give you your BRE (Bureau of Real Estate) certificate numbers; if you take your tests online, you’ll receive your certificates electronically. Once you have your certificate numbers in hand, you’ll go to the BRE’s website and log into the eLicensing system.
Renewing your license online is the best way to do it… no waiting on paperwork to be processed! Once logged in, you’ll input the certificate numbers and your broker’s email address, and pay the renewal fee. It’s so important that you check to make sure you have your broker’s correct email address and that they receive the email that the BRE sends to them (they have to respond!).
Once that’s done, you’re renewed for four-years.
Q. How much does it cost to renew right now?
A. Members should always check the fees with the BRE, but right now for on-time renewals it’s $245 for agents and $300 for brokers; late renewals will cost agents $367 and $450 for brokers—it pays to renew on-time!
Q. What should members do if their license has already expired?
A. They have a two-year grace period from the time of the expiration date to complete the 45-hours of continuing education. Outside of that timeframe , they’ll have to start all over and should contact the BRE for instructions. They can’t practice real estate during that time, so it’s important that you don’t let your license expire in the middle of a transaction… you can’t collect a commission!
Q. What if someone doesn’t want to use the BRE’s eLicensing?
A. They’ll have to fill out the traditional paperwork and should send it in at least 60 days before it [their license] expires. Save the headache and just renew online.
Q. What conditions must be met to renew a license online?
A. Visit the BRE’s website here for instructions, here.
Q. Is there a tutorial on how to use eLicensing?
A. The BRE has developed tutorials to help you learn to use eLicensing. Click below to learn how to:
- Register/Sign in to eLicensing
- Renew Your Broker License
- Renew Your Salesperson License
- Print your License Certificate
- Change Employing Broker
- Add an Employing Broker to Your Salesperson License
- Certify Salesperson Employment by Broker
- Broker Discontinuation of Salesperson Employment
- Change Your Mailing Address
- Add a Broker Main Office Address
- Change Broker Main Office Address