Renewing Your Salesperson 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.
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.
- "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 Salesperson Licenses
A salesperson 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 salesperson must file a Salesperson Sponsorship Form through an active broker.
A salesperson on inactive status as of January 1, 2005 who wishes to return to active status, and who is not subject to annual education requirements, 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 salesperson did not meet the previous MCE requirements prior to January 1, 2005.
A salesperson 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 a Salesperson Sponsorship form and $20 fee.
Go on to the 3 Steps to Renewing Your License below.
Expired Salesperson Licenses
- General MCE requirement for late renewal
A late renewal applicant for a salesperson license, who is not subject to annual education requirements, 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 6 months or less
A salesperson whose license has been expired not more than 6 months, who files an application to renew that license on active status must complete the MCE hours within the two year period prior to filing the RENEWAL OF REAL ESTATE LICENSE – TIMELY OR EXPIRED LESS THAN SIX MONTHS application. If the hours have not been completed when the renewal form is filed, the license will be renewed on an inactive status. To return to active status, see Inactive Salesperson Licenses (on this page above).
For an INACTIVE renewal of a license that has been expired 6 months or less: 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 the paragraph below will be required.
- Expired 6 months but less than 2 years
A salesperson whose license has been expired more than 6 months but less then 2 years, who files an application to reinstate that license on active status, must complete the 15 hours in MCE during the two year period prior to filing the Application for Reinstatement of a Salesperson License or Broker license by an individual If the license was active and the MCE hours were not completed by the license expiration date and the license is being renewed active or inactive within six months, the licensee must complete the hours and pay the deferral fee of $200. If the hours are completed after 60 days of the license expiration date the $250 penalty fee applies (total $450). If the hours are not completed or the late MCE fees paid, the license will be renewed on an inactive status. To return to active status, see Inactive Salesperson Licenses (on this page, above).
Please Note: If a broker's license expires or is placed on inactive status, all salespeople sponsored by that broker will be placed on inactive status.
- Expired more than 2 years
A salesperson whose license has been expired more than 2 years, must reapply for licensure. The applicant must meet salesperson application requirements (including education), file an original Application for Inactive Salesperson License and pass the salesperson licensing exam.
If not required to reapply (as determined above), go on to the 3 Steps to Renewing Your License below.
3 Steps to Renewing Your License
- Note the Renewal Filing Deadline
This deadline date will be printed on your renewal notice, which is sent to the email address of record for both you and your sponsoring broker, approximately 90 days before your renewal filing deadline. If you are on an inactive status, the notice will only be sent to the salesperson.
- Meet SAE Education Requirements
For Salespeople Who Applied On or After September 1, 2012
All active and inactive salespersons, who are under the Salesperson Apprentice Education (SAE) requirement, must show evidence of having completed a minimum of 90 hours in core real estate education during the two year license term, so that a total of 270 classroom hours have been completed by the end of the second year of licensure. Evidence of successful course completion must be posted to the TREC computer system prior to the online renewal process or the license will expire. Evidence of course completion cannot be submitted during the online renewal process. You may use the SAE Cover Sheet, and you must submit your hours at least 10 days prior to the date you wish to renew online. Course completion certificates may be mailed to the address above or faxed to TREC's Education Section at (512) 936-3863. Please allow 10 business days for processing.
All active salespersons not subject to Salesperson Apprentice Education (SAE) requirements 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 updat 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. A licensee cannot obtain credit for a course that was not approved for MCE at the time the course was conducted. A course may not be repeated for credit during the same license period. Providers are allowed 10 days to submit proof of course taken.
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:
A salesperson that completes a core real estate course to satisfy MCE requirements, must file the course completion certificate with TREC.
- Core real estate course
- Out of state continuing education course
- A course approved by the State Bar of Texas for MCLE participatory credit
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.
Salespersons 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 form 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. 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 a Salesperson Sponsorship 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.