Renewal 2018-01-19T13:53:48+00:00

Illinois real estate license renewal requirements and deadlines

To maintain their licenses, Illinois real estate licensees must complete educational requirements every two years.

License renewal requirements are based on the type of licensed you hold and the date your license was originally issued. Use IDFPR’s Online License Lookup to find your original license date.

To help you keep track of your continuing education courses, we maintain records of the courses you have taken with the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center. Use our CE Lookup to see the CE courses you have completed with us.

What are your license renewal requirements?

Select your license type below to review education requirements and deadlines.

FAQs about license renewal

Q. When does the IDFPR renewal site open?

A.  The IDFPR renewal site will open approximately 30 days prior to the renewal deadline.

Q. How do I submit my license renewal?

You can renew online with a credit card at or print a paper copy and mail to:

Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation
PO Box 7086
320 West Washington Street
Springfield IL 62791

Q. What are the fees for license renewal?

A. Licensing fees are determined by IDFPR and will be updated at least 30 days prior to the renewal deadline.

Q. How do I find out when my license expires so I know what is required for this renewal?

A. Your license expiration date is listed on your IDFPR-issued pocket card.  You can also use IDFPR’s online license lookup or call 1-888-473-4858.

Q. How can I find out how many continuing education credit hours I have?

A. You can check IDFPR’s CE Lookup page. You can also look up only the courses taken and passed through the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center on our CE Lookup page.

Q. What should I do if my records are not showing up on IDFPR’s website?

A. Your best option would be to check with your course providers directly. Your course provider is responsible for sending your records to IDFPR. Keep in mind it does not happen instantly and IDFPR may not have updated its site.

Q. What if I have too many core CE hours and not enough elective hours?

Your Core hours will count toward Elective CE hours. However, Elective hours do not count toward your Core requirement. Keep in mind that credit hours for the same course cannot be repeated within the same cycle.

Q. I can’t find certificates for all my courses. Can I send in my renewal without them?

A. Yes. Do NOT mail your certificates to IDFPR with your renewal form. The certificates are for your records only. You may need them in the event of an audit, so keep them in your files.

Q. Why can’t I find my CE hours on your website?

A. If you took your CE through a provider other than the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center, your CE will not be reflected in our CE Lookup. You will need to contact the other school directly for your records.

Q. Can I still practice real estate if I have not completed all the renewal requirements, completed the renewal application and paid the fee to IDFPR?

A. No. Contact the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation to learn your options: 1-800-560-6420 or email

Q. I have completed my renewal requirements, paid the fee and submitted the renewal application by the deadline, but I have not received my renewed license? May I still practice now?

A. Yes, but make sure you keep records of all your CE, a copy of the renewal application, and copies of your method of payment in case of an IDFPR audit. These may be needed to prove your timely renewal.

Q. I’m a licensed attorney in good standing in Illinois. What do I need to do to renew as a broker?

A. You will be required to complete the renewal forms and pay the license renewal fees required by IDFPR. You are EXEMPT from all continuing education requirements. Note: You must indicate full CE compliance on the renewal form.

Q. If my license is in a “holding company” do I still need CE?

A. Yes. Your “holding company” is your sponsoring broker, so you hold an active sponsored real estate license. Thus, you are subject to all CE and renewal requirements.

Q. I’m currently a managing broker, but I want to revert to a broker license. Can I do that during the broker renewal cycle?

A. Yes. A managing broker may transfer to a broker license only if the managing broker license is currently in active status. For more information, see IDFPR’s transfer application.

Q. I haven’t completed my renewal requirements yet. Can I still renew my license?

A. If you renew without completing the required CE, you could face a penalty of up to $75 per 3 hour course, or $25 per credit hour that you were deficient (e.g., deficient 3 hours, $75 penalty).

Q. Where can I find more information about paperless licensing?

A. Review IDFPR’s Paperless Licensing Frequently Asked Questions.