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Licensing requirements

 

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District of Columbia

Maryland

Virginia


Update on MD license expiration

As of 4-2-2021, any real estate licensee who currently is operating with an extended license (meaning their renewal/expiration date on their license has ALREADY passed) now has an expiration date of June 15, 2021 and will need to renew their license online starting in mid-April - April 17, 2021 - 60 days prior to the new expiration date of June 15. If you have a current real estate license that is about to expire (and the renewal/expiration date has not yet passed), you may renew online if you are within a 60-day window of your license renewal/expiration date.

VA license expiration dates extended

Virginia has placed an extension on any license renewals until 30 days after the end of the declaration of state of emergency. See below for more information.

DC license expiration dates extended

The District of Columbia has also placed an extension on any license renewals until 45 days after the end of the public health emergency.


District of Columbia

The District of Columbia has placed an extension on any license renewals until 45 days after the end of the public health emergency. More information is available here. Any license status can be confirmed using the DC Real Estate Commission website search tool. This information will updated when the state of emergency is lifted.


License renewals in the District of Columbia are on a two-year cycle, in every odd numbered year: February 28 for brokers and property managers and August 31 for sales agents. More information for DC licensees is available here.

An applicant for renewal of any license that expires on February 28 or August 31, must submit proof of completing approved continuing education (CE) credit in the following subjects:

 

Fair Housing

 

3 hours

 

DC Legislative Update

 

3 hours

 

DC Ethics

 

3 hours

 

General Electives

 

6 hours

If you are a new salesperson licensee and this is your first license renewal, then you are exempt from taking CE courses. This statement does not necessarily apply to licensees who are on Inactive status or who apply for Reinstatement, and who make their licenses active.

For more information, please call the DC Real Estate Commission toll-free at 1-866-270-9817 or email licensing@dcopla.com.

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Maryland

Update on Maryland licenses as of 4-2-2021
Any real estate licensee who currently is operating with an extended license (meaning their renewal/expiration date on their license has ALREADY passed) now has an expiration date of June 15, 2021 and will need to renew their license online starting in mid-April - April 17, 2021 - 60 days prior to the new expiration date of June 15. If you have a current real estate license that is about to expire (and the renewal/expiration date has not yet passed), you may renew online if you are within a 60-day window of your license renewal/expiration date. Details.

Important update from Maryland REALTORS as of 9-29-2020
Maryland REALTORS® HIGHLY RECOMMENDS renewing your license as soon as possible, if you have completed all the necessary CE requirements. Please do not wait until the State of Emergency is lifted, as there will likely be a significant backlog if too many licensees all seek their renewals at the same time.

Every two years, Maryland real estate licensees are required to meet mandated continuing education requirements and renew their licenses. Course content required is based on type of services provided - residential or commercial - and your role.

New as of October 1, 2019:
On October 1, 2019 new law regarding Real Estate Brokerage Relationships, Continuing Education, and Disclosures goes into effect.  This new legislation amends several portions of the Real Estate Brokers Act – including, the required course content for pre-licensing and continuing education classes, prohibits licensees from disclosing confidential information obtained from prospective clients, and alters the definitions of brokerage relationship and dual agency under Maryland law.  This new class replaces the former MREC Agency (Residential) class. Review the new law here

Hours Needed:

All Residential Licensees

15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Brokerage Relationships* (Topic H)
1.5 Fair Housing (Topic C)
4.5 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)

* Formerly known as MREC Agency - Residential

 

All Commercial Licensees
(for licensees performing exclusively commercial work, must not perform residential business)

 

15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Agency- Commercial (Topic H)
6.0 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)

 

ALL Brokers, Branch Office Managers, and Team Leaders

 

15 hours which must include:
3.0 Legislative (Topic A)
3.0 Ethics (Topic D)
3.0 MREC Brokerage Relationships* (Topic H)
3.0 MREC Supervision (Topic I)
1.5 Fair Housing (Topic C)
1.5 Any elective course(s) (Topic B, F or G)


For additional information, please call the Maryland Real Estate Commission toll-free at 1-888-218-5925 or email mrec@dllr.state.md.us.

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Virginia

The state of Virginia has placed an extension on any license renewals until 30 days after the end of the declaration of state of emergency by Governor Ralph Northam. For details explaining this status, see the Temporary Waiver of Regulations. This information will updated when the state of emergency is lifted.

All Virginia real estate licensees are required to take the following courses to renew their licenses:

Salespersons - Must complete 16 hours of Continuing Education (CE)

Mandatory Topics - 8 hours
Agency (1 hour)
Ethics (3 hours)
Fair Housing (2 hours)
Legal Updates (that include flood content) (1 hour)
Contracts (1 hour)

Elective Topics - 8 hours

Brokers - must complete 24 hours of Continuing Education (CE) 

Mandatory Topics - 16 hours
Broker Management & Agent Supervision (8 hours)
Agency (1 hour)
Ethics (3 hours)
Fair Housing (2 hours)
Legal Updates (that include flood content) (1 hour)
Contracts (1 hour)

Elective Topics - 8 hours

For additional information, please call the Virginia Real Estate Commission at 804-367-8500 or email REBoard@dpor.virginia.gov.

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