Renew Your Real Estate License Now; Online Renewal Required by Law

The annual period for renewal of your real estate license begins at midnight on May 15 and continues until June 30. The renewal fee is $45.00. Per Commission Rule 58A.0503, you must renew online at If you fail to renew on or before June 30, your license will EXPIRE.

To renew online, login to your record on the Commission’s website,, on or after May 15. Your PIN (password) will be the last four digits of your Social Security number unless you have changed it. (A broker who does not have the ability to renew online may renew by calling the Commission’s office between 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (919/875-3700)).

You may pay by Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or PayPal account (new this year). A printable confirmation of renewal will appear on your screen when the process is completed.

While logged in, be sure to verify and update all contact information. The Real Estate License Law allows you to designate your email address in one of two ways:  (1) PRIVATE, meaning it will be used exclusively for communication from the Commission to you; or (2) PUBLIC, meaning it will be provided upon request to the public, including CE course sponsors and others. You may provide both a private and/or public email address upon logging into your record.

All broker license records are updated on July 1 to reflect license status as of that date. The Commission’s website will be unavailable on July 1 and 2, due to the annual records maintenance process.

If your renewal fee has not been received by the Commission by June 30, your license will EXPIRE. To reinstate an expired license, you must pay a $55 fee between July 1 and December 31. Failure to reinstate the former license by December 31 will result in your having to file a new application and fee, and obtain a criminal background report. You will also be required to take additional education and/or pass the state license examination. Refer to the “Reinstate your License” page on the Commission’s website ( for detailed information regarding the reinstatement process.

Be sure to renew your license even if you do not complete your continuing education by June 10. By doing so, your license will only be changed to Inactive status on July 1, rather than Expired.

Brokers-in-charge and BIC-eligible brokers must take the BICUP course and one elective by June 10. Failure to take the correct CE or timely renew the license will result in loss of BIC status and/or eligibility. A broker-in-charge who loses BIC status/eligibility must (1) return the license to active status; (2) meet the experience requirements for designation; (3) take the 12-hour Broker-in-Charge Course before re-designation; and (4) send the Commission the BIC Declaration Form. Do NOT take the 12-hour BIC Course before your license is on active status!

Brokers-in-charge are also responsible for ensuring that licensees under their supervision have renewed their licenses and completed all necessary education to maintain active and current licenses.

This article came from the May 2016-Vol47-1 edition of the bulletin.