Managing broker education requirements for license renewal are based on your original license date.  If you don’t remember your original license date, use IDFPR’s License LookupRenew online with IDFPR

The license renewal deadline for managing brokers passed on April 30, 2019: review these post-renewal to dos for managing brokers.  The next license renewal deadline is April 30, 2021.

Managing Broker Renewal FAQs

These questions are specific to managing broker renewal. For general license renewal questions, see CE & Renewal FAQs.

Q. I renewed my license through the online portal and the IDFPR website is not showing that I renewed.  How do I know if it was processed?

A. The online License Lookup is updated daily.  Any changes should appear the next business day after your renewal application has been processed.  If you renew online and then immediately check the status, it will not appear updated until the application is processed which is typically within one to two business days and may vary depending on volume.

Q. Can I still practice real estate as a Managing Broker after April 30, 2019 if I have not completed the required education and/or completed the renewal application and paid the fee to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation?

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

Q. What is the fee for renewing late?

A. The late renewal fee includes a $50 late fee increasing your renewal fee from $200 to $250.

Q. If I have completed my education, paid the fee and submitted the renewal form on or before April 30th but have not received the email to print my license, may I practice now?

A. Yes. Make sure you keep records of your completed education, online renewal confirmation and payment for proof purposes in the case of an audit. Primary source verification and evidence that you are licensed can be obtained free of charge by visiting the IDFPR online License Lookup database. You may print out a screen shot of your license number showing that it is active. If the IDFPR does not have a current email address for you, please notify them immediately.  Click here to change your email address.

Q. What should I look for in my email for license renewal confirmation? 

A. The email notification will come from IDFPR Notification (

Q. I’m currently a managing broker, but I want to revert to a broker license. Can I do that during the managing 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. What if I haven’t completed my education in time to meet the renewal date of April 30, 2019 for the managing broker license?

A. Do not renew!  If you renew without completing the required education 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).  Audits are completed by IDFPR a few months following the renewal.  Should you show a deficiency in the audit, you will need to contact IDFPR immediately.

Q. If I renewed early, can I start taking my CE immediately for the next cycle?

A. No.  You must wait until after the renewal deadline has passed and complete your education after May 1, 2019 or it will not count toward your next renewal cycle requirement.

Q. What do I do if I receive a Deficiency Notice from IDFPR?

A. If you receive a deficiency notice email from Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) do not ignore it! You must respond to a deficiency notice within 60 days to avoid disciplinary action including substantial fines. Take one of these actions to remedy the deficiency:

  • Provide evidence of compliance by submitting copies of the certificates of course completion for the each of the courses identified in the notice to the Department.
  • Immediately complete the courses identified in the notice to satisfy the deficiency and submit the certificates of completion along with a late fee of $25 per credit hour. Your submission will not be reviewed or considered until payment is received by check or money order.

Completing your continuing education requirements in a timely fashion during each renewal cycle will help your license remain in good standing. Be sure to update your email address regularly with IDFPR to ensure you receive all notifications. Contact an Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Education Specialist if you have questions.

Before the renewal deadline

Q. How do I renew my managing broker license with IDFPR?

A. The IDFPR online renewal portal may be accessed here:  Your renewal application with $200 licensing fee must be submitted to IDFPR by April 30, 2019.

Q.  Do the changes in the License Law affect the upcoming Managing Broker Renewal? 

 A.Changes in the Real Estate License Act became effective on January 1, 2018.  The one change that became effective immediately was the implementation of test-free courses.  Courses taken in a classroom, live interactive webinar, or through an online distance education format are eligible for test- free completion.   You may want to check with the course provider before you sign up for your classes to validate whether their courses are test-free. 

Q. Is there a new core course available? 

A. The new core will be a 4-hour course and is not yet available.  The core requirement will remain the same throughout the 2019 Managing Broker renewal.  You will be required to have a minimum of 6 hours of core to include 3 Core A, 3 Core B and 6 elective.  Courses that were previously approved to expire on 6/30/18 were extended to expire on 6/30/19. 

 Q. If I took Broker Management CE for my first renewal and it was not required, will those hours roll over? 

A. No.  CE hours are only applicable in the cycle in which they are taken. 

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

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