IL Real Estate Continuing Education - License Renewal FAQs

Q: How much is the renewal fee?

A: Residential Leasing Agent = $150

Broker = $200

Managing Broker = $250

Q: How does a licensee renew their license with IDFPR?

A: License renewals are only accepted and processed by the IDFPR up to 90 days before the license expiration. IDFPR only sends renewal notices via e-mail.  Licensees will go here to renew their licenses.  Here is a help sheet that IDFPR has created on renewing a license.

Q: Could I be unable to renew my license because my hours have not been reported to IDFPR?

A: No, the renewal process does not hinge on reported credit hours. Licensees must ensure completion of all required education before renewing. Difficulties in renewal are unrelated to credit hours not being reported.

Q: What if a licensee has difficulty renewing their license with IDFPR?

A: For all renewal-related inquiries, licensees should be directed to email IDFPR Real Estate Division at FPR.RealEstate@illinois.gov.

Q: Does Real Estate Institute report credit hours?

A: We electronically submit a record of course completion to the IDFPR weekly. Students do not need to wait for us to submit the completions to the IDFPR to renew their license. If the student has completed all the required education, they can proceed with renewing their license.

Q: Does a licensee need to provide their certificate of completion when doing an on-time renewal?

A: No, certificates are for record-keeping. During online renewal, licensees attest to completing continuing education hours.

Q: Does IDFPR still permit licensees to mail paper forms for on-time renewals?

A: IDFPR does not currently have a form to print and mail on their website.  However, licensees may request a paper form via e-mail at FPR.RealEstate@illinois.gov

Q: How can a licensee print their updated real estate license?

A: Once the IDFPR has processed the license renewal application, they will receive an e-mail indicating the new license is available. Upon receiving that e-mail, they can log in to the IDFPR and print a copy of their license here.

Note: The IDFPR asks to allow 2-4 business days for their new license to post in their system and for their license status to update.

Q: What if a licensee renewed without completing all their continuing education requirements?

A: Renewing a license without completing the required education will likely lead to a citation, including penalties and/or fees. Licensees need to ensure the education is completed before completing the renewal. 

Q: What does a license status of “inoperative” mean?

A: Inoperative means the licensee is not sponsored. A licensee can still enroll, complete their education, and renew their license with an inoperative license status. These inoperative licensees will need to complete their required continuing education and pay the standard renewal fee. 

If the licensee wants to have their license status active, they can choose to put their license in a holding company which we have two referrals for:

Realty Associates Network, Inc (RANI)
Phone: 847-257-0888

Referral Alliance, Inc
Phone: 708-248-6276

Q: What does a license status of “inactive” mean?

A: Inactive means the licensee is not sponsored, and they wish not to have their license active. An active licensee can request their license status to update from "active" to "inactive" by submitting this form to the IDFPR. Review details in the Request for Inactive License article.

A licensee can still enroll, complete their education, and renew their license with an inactive license status. These inactive licensees will need to complete their required continuing education and pay the standard renewal fee. 

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