Once you have completed all the steps to receive a real estate license in Washington, you certainly want to keep it. The process of making your license active again once it has gone inactive is not as simple as renewing an active license, so it pays to look ahead.
In Washington, real estate licenses expire every two years. In order to renew your license, you can mail your application or renew online. This guide will walk you through the steps you need to complete in order to renew your real estate license as efficiently as possible.
Plan Ahead for License Renewal
You are able to renew your real estate license 120 days before the expiration date on your license. This means that you can start preparing well ahead of time to avoid running too late and seeing your license go inactive. You should receive notice that you need to renew your license well in advance so that you are reminded.
In order to follow through with license renewal, you should have on hand your license number, credit or debit card, criminal history documentation, and any new contact information. Compile all of this information and documentation when you sit down to renew and pay for your license.
Complete Continuing Education Requirements
In order to renew your license, make sure to complete your educational requirements. If you have had an active license and renewed your license before, you must complete at least 30 hours of education with at least three hours in a core course. At least 15 course hours must be completed within 24 months of your renewal date.
If this is your first time renewing your Washington real estate license, you must complete at least 90 hours of continuing education. This includes a 30-hour course in Advanced Practices and a 30-hour course in Real Estate Law. You must also take a three-hour course in a core subject and 27 hours of education in approved electives or core courses.
If you are a managing broker, you are also required to complete 30 hours of education, three of the hours being core material. The requirements are very similar to those for renewals for other brokers, but the coursework will be more on par with management needs.
Complete Criminal History Background Questions
You are required to answer a series of questions about your criminal history and provide documentation ever once in a while. Every so many years you will also be asked for fingerprints for another background check. In the meantime, it is essential that you report any new criminal charges to the real estate commission. Failing to do so may result in discipline or revocation of your real estate license.
The sooner you complete your continuing education, the easier it is to renew your license. Start taking classes now to prepare for your next renewal cycle. We offer online classes that will allow you to achieve your goals quickly and efficiently — all on your own time. Contact us for more information about taking courses that help you pursue your education as a real estate broker or managing broker.