What You Need to Know About Illinois Broker License Renewal in 2020

junge Frau beobachtetThe Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) recently e-mailed Brokers, announcing that these licensees are officially “In Renewal,” which means the department is now accepting online license renewal applications.

If you didn’t receive this e-mail announcement, you may need to update your contact information with the state to receive future notices. To easily update or add your e-mail address, click here.

Remember, you cannot renew your real estate license until you complete required education.

Step 1 – Complete Continuing Education or Post-License

Brokers licensed before February 1, 2018 must complete 12 hours of core/elective continuing education (CE). The specific CE requirements have changed for the 2020 renewal and include two new required courses: 4-Hour Core and Sexual Harassment Prevention training. All Real Estate Institute’s CE courses are compliant with new requirements. To learn more about the recent education changes.

Brokers licensed from February 1, 2018 through November 1, 2019 are renewing for the first time and must complete a Broker Post-License program (instead of continuing education).

Brokers licensed after November 1, 2019 were issued licenses that expire on April 30, 2022 – so no action is required at this time. However, there are compelling reasons to complete a Broker Post-License program sooner, rather than later. Call us to learn more!

No matter when you were licensed, it’s important to retain documentation of your course completions. When licensees complete courses with Real Estate Institute, we promptly report their completions to the IDFPR.

Step 2 – Submit Your New License Application

After you have completed your CE or Post-License education requirement, you must renew your license with the IDFPR. There are two ways to renew your license:

  1. Renew Online – The IDFPR permits online license renewal applications to be submitted up to 90 days before the license expires. This option allows you to complete the entire renewal application and pay online. Click here to apply online.
  2. Mail Your Application – The application can be completed online, printed and mailed with payment. If you use the paper application, we strongly recommend that you send it to the IDFPR via USPS Certified Mail so that you receive confirmation of delivery. Delivery confirmation will be critical in the event of a delay in license renewal. It will likely take the IDFPR several weeks to process your paper application.

Step 3 – Print Your New License

Once the IDFPR has processed your license renewal application, you should receive an e-mail indicating that your new license is available. Upon receiving this e-mail, you may log in and download or print a copy of your license. Note: Brokers are required to carry a printed or electronic copy of their license.


Real Estate Institute has been a leader in real estate education for over 25 years. Our team of compliance experts is standing by to answer your questions about your requirements, our continuing education or post-license courses and the renewal process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or at 800-995-1700.

IDFPR Announces Broker 45-Hour Post-License Requirements and Curriculum

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The Real Estate License Act was recently amended, and newly licensed brokers have different education requirements, depending on the date of license issuance. Yesterday the IDFPR Division of Real Estate announced details about the new 45-hour Post-License curriculum that will enable schools to begin developing courses to satisfy the requirement.

Requirements for Brokers Licensed BETWEEN Aug. 9, 2019 – Nov. 1, 2019

  • 45 credit hours Post-License education, consisting of three 15-credit-hour courses:
    • 15 hours of Applied Brokerage Principles
    • 15 hours of Risk Management/Discipline
    • 15 hours of Transactional Issues
  • Brokers must complete at least 1 hour of Sexual Harassment Prevention training before renewing their licenses, which will be included in one of the above courses.
  • Each course requires its own 50-question final exam, which must be administered by the education provider delivering the course. (No exam exemptions for live training or online distance education.)

License Renewal Deadline

  • To remain active, Brokers must renew their license before expiration (by April 30, 2020).
  • Due to delays in the 45-hour curriculum announcement, the IDFPR may grant an extension until November 1, 2020 to complete the Post-License education requirement. They will continue to evaluate whether this is necessary, based on the actual availability of these courses. For now, Brokers should plan to complete their post-license requirement as soon as courses become available.
  • There is no extension for the 1-hour Sexual Harassment Prevention training. This portion of the education requirement must be completed for the April 30, 2020 license renewal deadline.

Course Availability

The announcement indicates that the department will begin licensing courses on March 1, 2020.  With the course requirements only published yesterday, it will take education providers time to review, plan, create and receive state approval for all three new 15-hour courses. Therefore, it’s unlikely that education providers will be able to create quality courses and acquire the required approvals so quickly.

Real Estate Institute has been offering an opportunity for brokers to pre-register for the 45-Hour Post-License program at a discounted price. This will give these students immediate access to the program once it is approved by the IDFPR.


Real Estate Institute has been a leader in real estate education for over 25 years. Our team of experts is standing by to answer your questions about your requirements, our continuing education or post-license courses and the renewal process. Please don’t hesitate to contact us online or at 800-995-1700.

What You Need to Know About Illinois Broker License Renewal In 2016

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The state’s budget woes will soon be felt by Illinois real estate licensees. Last week, the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) advised that it will not mail license renewal notifications. This means that there will be no reminder postcard sent in early February before brokers’ deadline. Many brokers don’t give much thought to the license renewal or the education that must be completed until they receive this reminder. This could cause a late rush of continuing education completions and renewal applications being submitted to the state.

The good news is that the IDFPR will begin sending renewal reminders via e-mail. The bad news is that the IDFPR has never required real estate licensees to provide their e-mail addresses, so the department’s database is incomplete. This is a perfect time for you to update your contact information with the state. To easily update or add your e-mail address, click here.

The IDFPR will start accepting Broker license renewal applications in just a few weeks. It’s important that you follow these instructions for a timely renewal.

Step 1 – Complete Continuing Education or Post-License

Illinois real estate Brokers need 12 hours of core/elective continuing education (CE) every renewal period, EXCEPT Brokers who are in their first renewal period. Brokers in their first renewal period are required to complete a 30-hour Broker Post-License course. The current Broker renewal period began May 1, 2014 and ends April 30, 2016. If you complete CE or Post-License education with Real Estate Institute, our school reports your course completion directly to the IDFPR.

Step 2 – Submit Your New License Application

After you have completed your CE or Post-License requirement, you must renew your license with the IDFPR. There are two ways to renew your license:

  • Apply Online – The IDFPR permits online license renewal applications to be submitted up to 90 days before the license expires. This option allows you to complete the entire renewal application and pay online. Click here to apply online.
  • Mail Your Application – The IDFPR typically mails licensees a copy of the renewal application 60 days before the license expires. However, with the budget cuts, it’s likely that this mailing will be discontinued too. The application can be completed online, printed and mailed with payment. If you use the paper application, we strongly recommend that you send it to the IDFPR via USPS Certified Mail so that you receive confirmation of delivery to the IDFPR. Delivery confirmation will be critical in the event of a delay in license renewal. It will likely take the IDFPR several weeks to process your application.


If you have questions about your education requirements for renewal, please call Real Estate Institute at 800-995-1700 to speak to one of our compliance experts. More information can also be found at InstituteOnline.com/NextSteps.

Real Estate Agents Need to Know … To Tell or Not to Tell?

Real Estate Agents Have a Duty to Disclose

Illinois real estate agents and Realtors® live in an age of disclosure. They are governed by laws that require them to disclose, disclose, disclose.
That seems easy enough, right?

Well, not always…

For example, did Bob the Broker do the right thing in the following scenario?

  • Bob the Broker had a vacancy in an apartment building that he owns with his sister. Bob’s sister is not licensed. Bob and his sister signed a one-year lease with a tenant. Bob did not disclose his status as a real estate licensee to the tenant.

Many real estate agents would do the same as Bob the Broker – not feel the need to disclose their status as a real estate licensee in a personal transaction involving a rental property. There seems to be a lot of confusion on when to disclose your status as a licensee.

What does Illinois law say about disclosure of real estate license status?

  • The Real Estate License Act states, “Each licensee shall disclose, in writing, his or her status as a licensee to all parties in a transaction when the licensee is selling, leasing, or purchasing any interest, direct or indirect, in the real estate that is the subject of the transaction.”

How does Illinois law apply to our hypothetical scenario?

  • Even though his sister is not licensed, Bob the Broker is in violation of the law for failing to disclose his status as a licensee.

What, if anything, could have been done to prevent the problem?

  • Bob the Broker could have disclosed his status as a licensee in writing to the tenant.

Unfortunately, many licensees learn the law the hard way by getting reprimanded by state regulators.

Real estate agents and Realtors® are faced with dilemmas on a daily basis. It’s critical that they understand the possible pitfalls. The state-required real estate post-licensing course is one way for new broker licensees to review real-world scenarios.

Learn more about post-license education at Real Estate Institute, where the goals are to help you become better prepared to handle these challenges, avoid disciplinary actions taken against you, and succeed in your real estate career.

Attention Brokers in Renewal: There Is Still Time, But Not Much

April 30, 2014 Renewal Deadline

April can be a stressful time for Illinois Real Estate Brokers.  Not because of rising interest rates, income taxes, or hay fever, but because of the biennial continuing education requirement due on April 30 every even-numbered year.

But continuing education doesn’t have to be stressful.  Actually, it can be done quickly and painlessly.  First, let’s break down who needs what.

  • A Broker who has renewed his/her license before, either as a Salesperson (who transitioned) or as a Broker, must complete 12 hours of core and elective continuing education.
  • A Broker who is renewing for the first time must complete a 30-hour post-license course.

The quickest and easiest way to complete your education is with a self-study program.  That way, YOU DECIDE how much time you spend studying.

  • Brokers who must complete continuing education can complete THE ENTIRE program via self-study.
  • Brokers renewing for the first time can do HALF of the 30-hour post-license requirement via self-study.  The other half must be in an interactive environment, which usually means a physical classroom or a live broadcast webinar.

Once you’ve completed the above, you are required to pass a proctored exam.  Perhaps this is the most stressful part of the educational requirement.  Maybe learning the facts will help you breathe a little easier.

  • IDFPR rules stipulate that for every 3-hour continuing education course, there must be a minimum of 25 questions on the exam, and Brokers must achieve a score of at least 70%.  That means, if you are taking a 25-question test, you can miss SEVEN and STILL PASS.
  • IDFPR rules stipulate that post-license exams must contain at least 25 questions for each 15- credit-hour course, with a passing score of 75%.  That means you can miss SIX on each test and STILL PASS.

Feel better?  If not, maybe this will help you relax.  Most Brokers successfully pass the first time when taking the exam with our school. But, in the rare event that you fail, you’re permitted to retake the exam.

While we know that most people don’t enjoy taking exams or required education, we hope that knowing the facts will help you relax a bit.  For questions about your licensing requirements, give us a call at 800.995.1700.

If you need last-minute CE or post-license education, visit our website or call us. Real Estate Institute offers programs specifically designed for busy professionals.

Get Prepared for a State Audit of Your Broker Education Records

Stack of FilesThis time of year, thousands of Illinois Brokers are completing the continuing education or post-license education needed to renew their real estate licenses. If you are one of those Brokers who has already passed your course exam, you may feel confident that you’re finished. But will you be prepared for the state to audit your education records? Failure to produce the proper course completion documents can result in disciplinary action.

IDFPR-approved schools are required to provide Certificates of Course Completion to Brokers; however, the state does not want you to send this certificate with your renewal application. Instead, it is your course provider’s responsibility to report your credit hours to the state of Illinois and provide the Certificate of Course Completion to you for your records.

Most providers report the course completions to the state on a monthly basis. With the April 30 deadline only weeks away, chances are good that those completions will not be reported before the deadline. The good news is that there is a safety net in place to protect you. The license renewal process allows you to attest to the timely completion of your required CE or post-license education. As part of your renewal application, simply check the box that indicates you’ve fully complied with the education requirement for the renewal of your license. After completing the online or paper-based form and submitting the $150 renewal fee, you’re finished!

After the IDFPR processes all of the license renewals, the audits begin. The state will match renewals with course completions. If your course provider failed to submit your completion to the state, you likely will be contacted. It is a good idea to have your Certificate(s) of Completion on hand. This will prove to the state that you are compliant. If you or your course provider is unable to furnish proof of completion, you may be subject to disciplinary action and fines.

It’s not too late to complete your required education. For questions about continuing education and post-license education, call our compliance experts at 800-995-1700 or visit www.InstituteOnline.com. Our students may request supplemental copies of their Certificates of Course Completions at any time.

Two Steps For Illinois Broker License Renewal In 2014

Broker Renewal ClockThe Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) is now accepting Broker license renewal applications.  Follow these instructions for a timely renewal.

Step 1 – Continuing Education or Post-License
Illinois real estate Brokers need 12 hours of core/elective continuing education (CE) every renewal period, EXCEPT Brokers who are is in their first renewal period. Brokers in their first renewal period are required to complete a 30-hour Broker Post-License course. If you transitioned from a Salesperson license to a Broker license, you are not in your first renewal period and need CE.

The current broker renewal period began May 1, 2012 and ends April 30, 2014. If you complete CE or Post-License education with Real Estate Institute, our school reports your course completion to the IDFPR.

Step 2 – Submit Your New License Application

After you have completed your CE or Post-License requirement, you must renew your license with the IDFPR. There are two ways to renew your license:

  1. Apply Online – The IDFPR permits online license renewal applications to be submitted up to 90 days before the license expires. This option allows you to complete the entire renewal application and pay online. Click here to apply online.
  2. Mail Your Application – The IDFPR typically mails licensees a copy of the renewal application 60 days before the license expires. This application can be completed and returned with payment. If you use the paper application, we strongly recommend that you send it to the IDFPR via USPS Certified Mail so that you receive confirmation of delivery to the IDFPR. Delivery confirmation will be critical in the event of a delay in license renewal. It will take the IDFPR several weeks to process your application.

If you have questions about your education requirements for renewal, please call 800-995-1700 to speak to one of our compliance experts. More information can also be found at InstituteOnline.com/NextSteps.

Illinois Real Estate Broker Renewal Time: Straight and Simple!

Broker License Renewal Deadline Is Approaching!
Broker License Renewal Deadline Is Approaching!

Let’s Get It Straight

Real Estate Institute wants to make sure that you clearly understand that Post–License Education and Continuing Education are two completely different requirements.

Brokers renewing their license for the first time need to fulfill the 30-hour Post-License requirement.  All other Brokers need to do the 12 hours of Continuing Education.

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) will not give credit to any licensee who enrolls in the wrong course. Post-License credit will not be accepted as Continuing Education credit and vice-versa.

In order to qualify to renew your Broker license, the appropriate course must be successfully completed, and the IDFPR must process your renewal application PRIOR to April 30, 2014.  We highly recommend that you start your required education NOW. Once your education is complete, submit your renewal application and fee to the IDFPR. (The IDFPR renewal window opens in just a few weeks.)  Procrastinating will severely affect the status of your license and your ability to practice real estate.

If you are still confused, call Real Estate Institute immediately at 800-995-1700. Our friendly and knowledgeable customer service representatives are compliance experts. They will assist you and make sure that you are enrolled in the appropriate course.

Let’s Make It Simple

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