Renewing Your Individual Broker License
- Fingerprint Requirements for Brokers and Salespersons applying or renewing on or after January 1, 2008
- Pay Your Renewal Fee and File Early ! To renew your license you must pay a renewal fee and complete any required education.
Incomplete or inaccurate renewals filed at the last minute may result in an expired license and the need to file a late renewal.
- Changes in Late Renewals - A licensee whose license has been expired less than six months and who files an application to renew that license may become reinstated without a lapse in licensure. When a license expires all salespersons sponsored by the broker are placed on inactive status and must submit Salesperson Sponsorship Form-1 and fee to return to active status.
Background Check Fee - All licensees who have been fingerprinted for TREC will have to pay another fee for a background check with each subsequent renewal or application. Licensees who were fingerprinted for a 2008 renewal, application or late renewal, and whose current license expiration is March 31, 2009 or thereafter, must pay the renewal or application fee and an additional fee (currently $31.50) for a subsequent background check. Fees will be returned to licensees who submit incorrect fee amounts (and, for renewals: the license will expire if the correct amount is not timely received.)
- Changes in Late MCE Penalty Requirements! - Licensees that renew on or after June 30, 2008 will be subject to the changes in Section 535.92(f) of the Commission rules regarding late MCE. Brokers and salespersons who renew active without having completed MCE requirements prior to the renewal date must pay a $200 deferral fee and must complete the required MCE within 60 days of the effective date of the renewed license. The license will remain active. Failure to pay the deferral fee and complete the required MCE hours within the 60-day period will result in the license being placed on INACTIVE status during which time a licensee must cease doing business. If such a licensee is a broker, all salespersons sponsored by that broker will revert to inactive status. To return to active status a licensee must complete the required MCE hours; pay the deferral fee of $200 AND a $250 penalty (total $450); as well as submit the appropriate form, “Application for Broker to Return to Active Status” or “Salesperson Sponsorship Form”, and $20 filing fee.
- New "24 hour MCE Rule" - As of September 1, 2007, a licensee who takes an online MCE course will not be allowed to complete an online course in less than 24 hours. If a licensee has paid their renewal fee and begins an online MCE course for renewal purposes on the day their license expires, credit will not be awarded for completing the course on that day(regardless of how many hours credit the course awards). If this occurs, the licensee's MCE will be considered late and a $200 Late MCE penalty fee will be assessed.
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Inactive Individual Broker Licenses
A broker whose license is inactive who returns to active status, must complete MCE hours only if MCE hours had been required for the last renewal had the license been on active status. To return to active status, the licensee must complete the MCE hours during the two years prior to filing the reactivation form. To return to active status a broker must file an Application by Broker to Return to Active Status Form.
A broker on inactive status as of January 1, 2005 who wishes to return to active status, must take a three hour legal update course and a three hour legal ethics course created for and approved by TREC to satisfy the six legal hours of mandatory continuing education required by Occupations Code §1101.455 if the broker did not meet the previous MCE requirements prior to January 1, 2005.
A broker on inactive status as a result of filing late MCE pursuant to Section 535.92(f) of the Commission rules effective for renewals on or after June 30, 2008 must complete required MCE hours; pay the deferral fee of $200 AND the $250 penalty fee (total $450); and submit an Application for Broker to Return to Active Status form and $50 fee.
Go on to the 3 Steps to Renewing Your Individual Broker License below.
Expired Individual Broker Licenses
When a broker’s license expires or is placed on inactive status, all salespersons sponsored by the broker will be placed on inactive status. This includes salesperson’s sponsored by a business entity whose designated broker’s license expires or is placed on inactive status. Salespersons sponsored by the expired or inactive broker who want to return to active status must submit Salesperson Sponsorship Form-1 and fee.
- General MCE requirements for late renewal
A late renewal applicant for a broker license must take a three hour legal update course and a three hour legal ethics course created for and approved by TREC to satisfy the six legal hours of mandatory continuing education required by Occupations Code §1101.455 if the applicant did not meet the previous MCE requirements prior to January 1, 2005.
Expired LESS than 6 months
An individual broker whose license has been expired less than 6 months who files late renewal may renew the license without any lapse in licensure.
For an ACTIVE renewal of a license that has been expired less than 6 months: If MCE requirements were met prior to the expiration date, the applicant must file a renewal form and pay the appropriate late renewal fee.
For an INACTIVE renewal of a license that has been expired less than 6 months: A licensee may file a late renewal application and renew a license on INACTIVE status without a lapse in INACTIVE licensure and without submitting MCE. A licensee cannot engage in real estate activity with an inactive license. If the licensee returns to active status and the previous application to renew was filed more than 60 days but less than 6 months after the license expired, the fees noted in item 2. above will be required.
- If the application to renew is filed not later than the 60th day after the expiration of the license and MCE requirements were not met prior to the license expiration date an applicant must pay the appropriate late renewal fee, a $200 deferral fee and complete the MCE within 60 days of the license expiration date. If MCE requirements are not completed within that time period, the renewed license will be made inactive. Salespersons sponsored by the broker will also be made inactive. To reactivate the license, the licensee must complete the required MCE, pay the $200 deferral fee if it has not been paid, pay a $250 late reporting fee, complete and submit an Application for Broker to Return to Active Status, and pay the appropriate fee. Salespersons sponsored by the inactive broker who want to return to active status must submit Salesperson Sponsorship Form-1 and fee and get sponsored by the same broker once that broker is licensed again or get sponsored by another broker.
- If the application to renew is filed more than 60 days but less than 6 months after the license expired and MCE requirements are not met prior to the license expiration date, an applicant must pay the appropriate late renewal fee, the $200 deferral fee, the $250 late reporting fee, and complete the MCE.
- Expired MORE than 6 months
A broker whose license has been expired not more than 2 years who files an application to reinstate that license on active status, must complete the MCE hours within the two year period prior to filing the Application for Reinstatement of a Salesperson License or Broker License by an Individual. If the hours have not been completed when the reinstatement application is filed, the license will be renewed on an inactive status. To return to active status, see Inactive Individual Broker Licenses (on this page, above). To reinstate a broker license on active or inactive status, the reinstatement applicant must have two years of active experience in the four year period prior to filing the application.
Expired more than 2 years
A previously licensed broker whose license has been expired more than 2 years, must reapply for licensure and meet current broker requirements (including passing the licensing exam), which in most cases means that the applicant will first need to apply for a salesperson license, take the salesperson exam, and obtain four years of experience as a salesperson before applying for a broker license. If the applicant is licensed in another state, the applicant must have not less than four (4) years active experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or broker during the 60 month period immediately preceding the filing of the Application for a Broker license and must have a total of 3600 points.
If not required to reapply (as determined above), go on to the 3 Steps to Renewing Your Individual Broker License below.
3 Steps to Renewing Your Individual Broker License
- Note the Renewal Filing Deadline
This deadline date will be printed on your renewal notice, which is sent to you approximately 90 days before your renewal filing deadline.
Meet All Education Requirements
All active brokers are required to complete MCE for an active license renewal. The MCE requirement is 15 classroom (clock) hours of TREC approved MCE courses. At least six of the 15 hours must consist of a three hour legal update course and a three hour legal ethics course created for and approved by TREC to satisfy the six legal hours of mandatory continuing education required by Occupations Code §1101.455. Effective September 1, 2012, a broker who sponsors one or more salespersons, the designated broker of a business entity and any license holder who supervises another license holder for six months or more during the course of the current license, must take a six hour broker responsibility course. The six hour course may be used to satisfy 6 of the 15 hours in MCE that must be completed by the license expiration date of each license term to renew a license on active status. The following is a breakdown of the MCE hours that must be completed:
- 6 hour Broker Responsibility Course
- 3 hour Legal Update Course
- 3 hour TREC Ethics Course; and
- 3 hours in an approved MCE course(s)
MCE course providers are responsible for notifying TREC when a licensee has completed an MCE course. However, if you are seeking MCE elective credit for the following types of courses, you must forward your documentation to TREC:
- Core real estate course
- Out of state continuing education course
- A course approved by the State Bar of Texas for MCLE participatory credit
A broker that completes a core real estate course to satisfy MCE requirements, must file the course completion certificate with TREC.
Texas licensees who hold a license in another state and have completed continuing education to renew the out of state license may have those courses evaluated for MCE elective credit. An MCE Credit Request for an Out of State Course form and the course completion certificate, should be submitted to request such credit.
Brokers who complete real estate courses of at least 1 hour in length which are approved by the State Bar of Texas for MCLE participatory credit, can apply to TREC for elective credit for those courses. An MCE Credit Request for State Bar Courses and the course completion documentation should be submitted to request such credit.
TREC-approved MCE providers can be located through our Education Providers page.
If the renewal fee is paid and a license is renewed in an active status the required MCE hours must be completed during the term of the license. If not, the licensee will be subject to a $200 deferral fee. If the fee is not paid and the hours not completed within 60 days of the expiration date of the license being renewed, the license will be placed on inactive status during which time a licensee must cease doing business. All salespersons sponsored by the broker will also revert to inactive status. To return to active status a licensee must complete the required MCE hours; pay the deferral fee of $200 and a $250 penalty (total $450); as well as submit an Application for Broker to Return to Active Status form and $20 fee.
Submit Your Renewal Payment Online or download and complete the Renewal Form for Real Estate Salespersons and Brokers and submit the form by mail or in person (get mailing and street address here).
You'll receive your License Renewal Notice approx. 90 days before the renewal filing deadline.
Note: You must pay a renewal fee to renew your license.