How to Keep Your California Real Estate License Current

As the holder of a California real estate license, you know that you will require continuing education in order to maintain your license. There will be mandatory courses to be completed to keep your license current. California real estate licenses are issued for four year periods. At the end of that period, you will have to show proof that you have met the continuing education requirements and submit the required applications to be issued a renewed real estate license.

Continuing education requirements in California call for 45-48 hours of coursework to be completed at each licensing renewal. At the first license renewal there are specific classes that are required. You must attend courses in Fair Housing, Risk Management, Agency, Ethics and Trust Fund Handling. These must be separate courses that are three hours each. Additionally you will need to complete 18 hours of continuing education in consumer protection and 15 hours in either consumer protection or consumer service.

After the first renewal of your license, the required classes for continuing education are just slightly different. Instead of the five separate three hour courses, all the same subjects with the exception of Fair Housing will be necessary. You have your choice of three hours of class work on each of the four core subjects or one six hour course that covers them all. You will also need a three hour course on Risk Management along with 18 hours of study in consumer protection. The remaining hours needed to make the 45 hours of required continuing education can be your choice of consumer protection, consumer service, or a combination of the two.

Once you’ve finished, there are forms available on the California Department of Real Estate that will need to be completed. There is the renewal application, a form for proof of continuing education, a state Public Benefits Statement and a proof of residence certification. These should be filled out and submitted to the DRE with any payment due in time to be processed before your current license expires. The DRE will mail you a renewal reminder notice as your expiration date draws near, but it is crucial that you keep track of your own expiration date.

This process can also be done entirely online through the use of the California eLicensing online system. The required forms can be completed online and the course numbers of your continuing education classes and dates attended can be entered online as well. Payments can also be made online, making this the fastest and most efficient way of keeping your license current. Whether online or through the mail, they must be completed or postmarked by midnight on the day your license is to expire to maintain a current.

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About The Author: Tom Davidson is the acting Director of Sales & Operations for Express Schools, LLC. Since 1996 the companies under this banner have offered online real estate licensing and insurance licensing courses as well as online real estate exam prep and insurance exam prep.

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