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Renewing Your Real Estate License

As a real estate licensee, whether a broker or agent, you are required to renew your license every 4 years. With the recent increase in renewal fees, it is financially prudent for agents and brokers to renew on time.

If you have kept your address current with the California Bureau of Real Estate (BRE), you should receive a renewal package three months (90 days) prior to your renewal date. If you do not receive your renewal package, please visit the BRE website at http://www.dre.ca.gov/ for the appropriate forms, fees and information. For specific continuing education renewal requirements, see:

For more information
If you have additional renewal requirement questions after reviewing this material, please contact: Brian DeLisi, Education Coordinator at (916) 437-1210 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Renewing a Salesperson License

The following renewal requirements cover the salesperson's first, second and subsequent four-year license renewals.

Real estate salespersons who were licensed prior to 10/1/2007, and are renewing an original license for the first time, must complete five separate three-hour BRE-approved continuing education courses in Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing and Risk Management.

Those licensees who were licensed on or after 10/1/2007, and were required to have all three statutory/pre-licenses courses (RE Principles, RE Practice, and one additional course), must complete 45 clock hours of BRE-approved continuing education consisting of:

  • Five separate three-hour courses in the following subjects: Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, and Risk Management;
  • A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and
  • The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

Second and subsequent four-year license renewal
Your second and subsequent, four-year license renewal requires completion of the following courses for a total of 45 hours of CE credits. Choose one of the following options:

Option 1

  • Agency – 3 hours
  • Fair Housing – 3 hours
  • Trust Fund Handling – 3 hours
  • Ethics – 3 hours
  • Risk Management – 3 hours
  • Consumer Protection – 18 hours
  • Consumer Service or Consumer Protection – 12 hours

Option 2

  • Survey (contains Agency, Ethics, Fair Housing, Trust Fund Handling and Risk Management) – 8 hours
  • Consumer Protection – 18 hours
  • Consumer Service or Consumer Protection – 18 hours
Renewing a Broker's License



Real estate brokers renewing an original license for the first time
must complete 45 clock hours of BRE-approved continuing education consisting of:

  • Five separate three-hour courses in the following subjects: Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, Fair Housing, and Risk Management;
  • A minimum of 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and
  • The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

Brokers renewing for the second and subsequent four-year license renewal
For subsequent renewals, all real estate brokers and salespersons must complete 45 clock hours of BRE-approved continuing education consisting of:

  • Either 12 hours of continuing education courses in the following subjects: (Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, and Fair Housing) OR one six-hour course that covers the four mandatory subjects (Ethics, Agency, Trust Fund Handling, and Fair Housing);
  • One three-hour course in Risk Management; and
  • At least 18 clock hours of consumer protection courses; and
  • The remaining clock hours required to complete the 45 hours of continuing education may be related to either consumer service or consumer protection courses.

Once you have met your continuing education requirements, visit the California Bureau of Real Estate e-licensing webpage. This allows you to quickly and easily submit the documentation and payment information to renew your license.

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