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How to Renew your Florida Real Estate License online

August 7, 2013

NC_RE_SchoolEvery Florida Real Estate license has an expiration date of March 31 or September 30, regardless of the issue date.  This applies to Brokers and Sales Associates.

As renewal time approaches, the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation (DBPR) will send you a notification that your renewal is upcoming and remind you that your post licensing or continuing education requirements need to be filled. This can be confusing, especially to a new licensee.  I get calls asking for reassurance that I uploaded their required education credits to the DBPR webiste. Many new licensees apporaching their first renewal do not know how to determine if their hours are deficient.

If You have an Online Account: This was a one time setup was accomplished when you first applied for your license online. If not you will have to create one.

  • Go to the DBPR website  This brings you to the DBPR Onine Services Main Menu page.  
  • Click Apply for or Manage My License and look for the tab on the right stating “My Account”.
  • You will see the wording:

    DBPR Online Services Main Menu

    Welcome to the Department of Business and Professional Regulation’s Online Application Services.

    For returning users, please login below.

    If you are a new user select “Create My Account” link below under “Create a New Online Profile” to complete your initial registration.

    Cookies must be enabled when using this site. Please read the setup document for assistance.

  • You may either log in to your existing account or create a new one on this page.
  • Once you have logged in on the right side of the page Licenses linked to my online services account. Click the link for you license.
  • You are now on your personal page where you can perform many functions

    Functions

    Address Change

    Maintain Relationships

    Print License Certificate

    Request License Certification

    Application for Broker License – Upgrade from Sales Associate to Broker – FL Resident

    View My Continuing Education

    Remove This License From My Account

  • Choose View My Continuing Education to verify that you are in compliance with your education requirements and are ready to renew.  If the completed hours are not on the site, contact the education provider to correctly upload your hours.
  • There will be columns for Required, Completed, and Shortfall and the hours that correspond. If everything is correct hit the Back button at the bottom right of the page, not on your browser!
  • You are now ready to renew your license and pay your renewal fee.  If you are following these instructions and you are not within the 90 days prior to renewal, you will not see the renew your license link.
  • MAKE SURE YOU DO THIS PRIOR TO THE LAST DAY OF RENEWAL.  YOU MAY RECEIVE DELAYS DUE TO THE HIGH VOLUME OF INDIVIDUALS ATTYEMPTING TO RENEW ON THE LAST DAY.

Verify your Address: You are required to update your mailing address with the DBPR within 10 days of any change of address.  A renewal notice is sent to you well in advance of your renewal date.  If you did not receive it, the cause may be that the Department does not have your correct address on file. Make sure you change your address to avoid a fine.

Verify your Status: You can verify your license status (Active, Voluntary Inactive, Involuntary Inactive) using your Online Account and show the Brokerage with whom your license is being held.  If your information does not show the correct Broker/Employer, notify the Broker so that they can correct this by adding you through their online account.  This will add you in real time correcting the issue immediately.

Education Requirements:  Prior to renewing, you must complete the required education.

  • Initial renewal: Sales Associates must successfully complete the required 45 hour Post Licensing course before renewing their licenses.  Brokers must successfully complete the required 60 hours of Post Licensing.  The only exemption is a licensee with a 4 year degree in Real Estate. If Post Licensing in not successfully completed during this period the licence autoatically becomes Null and Void without any further action by the DBPR.
  • Subsequent renewals: Sales Associates and Brokers must complete 14 hours of Continuing Education prior to renewing their licenses.
  • Involuntary Inactive Licenses: If the licensee neglects to renew by the expiration date the licence automatically becomes involuntary inactive and the licensee MAY NOT practice real estate since they no longer have an active license.  There are two timelines that are critical: In the first 12 months of an involunary inactive license, the required 14 hours must be completed and a late fee is due with renewal. If a sales associate or broker allows the license to go delinquent/Involuntary Inactive for more than 12 months, but less than 24 months, the licensee is required to complete the 28 hour reactivation education course plus pay all renewal fees plus late fee on or before the end of the 24th month expiration date. Failure to do so will result in the license expiring and becoming NULL AND VOID.
  • Hardship Request: This is available for Post Licensing education only.  If you have a hardship and need an extension you may submit a written request with supporting documentation to request an extension of your renewal.  You may mail the request to: Division of Real Estate-Licensing Section – 400 West Robinson Street, Ste N801 – Orlando Florida 32801. You may also fax to 407-317-7245 Attn: Licensing Section.  THERE ARE NO EXTENSIONS DUE TO CONTINUING EDUCATION OR REACTIVATION EDUCATION.

Renewals must be received no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time (March 31 or September 30).  If the expiration date falls on a holiday or weekend the renewal is extended to midnight the next business day.

This is your career, your license and your responsibility.

If you would like more information on applying for a Florida Real Estate License or upcoming Real Estate Courses, visit my website or call 352-650-1029.

Nature Coast Real Estate School is a full service Real Estate School servicing Citrus County, Hernando County and Pasco County Florida. We offer live classroom instruction as well as online courses.  For more information go to http://www.naturecoastrealestateschool.com or email directly to jmgavish@aol.com.
Florida Accredited Real Estate School

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One Comment
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