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FAQ: How much does it cost to renew my Texas real estate license?

How much does it cost to renew my Texas real estate license?

If you renew your license online, the renewal fee will be $110.

If you submit a renewal application by mail, you will have to pay the standard $110 renewal fee plus a $20 paper filing fee.

There are several late fees you should be aware of as well.

If you are less than 90 days late on your license renewal, the renewal fee gets increased to $143.

If you are late on your license renewal between 90 days and 6 months, the renewal fee will be $176.
Finally, if your license has been expired for more than 6 months, you will have to pay a $190 renewal fee.

You may also be subject to deferment fees if you have not completed the required 18 hours of continuing education at the time of your renewal.

If you are renewing an active real estate license and have not completed CE by your renewal date, you may pay a $200 CE deferral fee, which will buy you an additional 6 months to complete your CE.

If you complete your CE courses more than 60 days after your renewal date, you will have to pay the $200 CE deferral fee, plus a $250 late reporting fee ($450 in total).

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How soon can I renew my real estate license?

TREC will send you a renewal notice around 90 days prior to your renewal date. You cannot renew your license until you receive this notice. However, you can still take the required qualifying education (CE and SAE courses) any time during the previous two years.

How can I get my license reinstated?

​If your license has not been renewed for 6 months to 2 years after your renewal date, you must apply to get your license reinstated. You can get your license reinstated by submitting a reinstatement form and paying the required renewal fees as well as any late fees.

How do I renew an expired Texas real estate license?

TREC allows you to renew your license for up to 6 months after your renewal date. If you renew your license from 6 months to 2 years after your renewal date, you must apply to reinstate your license. If your license has been expired for two or more years, you must pass the State exam again.

What happens if I don't renew my real estate license?

If you do not renew your real estate license within 6 months of your renewal date, your license will be changed to an inactive status. If you do not renew your real estate license within 2 years after your renewal date, you must reapply for a new license and pass the State exam again.

What happens if I don't complete my SAE courses?

​If you do not complete the required 90 hours of SAE courses by your first renewal date, your license will be changed to inactive status.

What happens If I don't complete my SAE credits?

If you do not complete the required SAE credits by the time of your renewal date, your license will be changed to inactive status. Unlike CE credits, SAE credits cannot be deferred by paying a fee.

What is SAE?

Sales Apprentice Education credits, or SAE, applies to first-time renewals only. Anyone renewing their Texas real estate license for the first time must complete 90 hours of SAE credits. You must complete your SAE credits prior to your first renewal date, otherwise, you cannot renew your real estate license.

What happens If I don't complete my required CE credits?

​If you do not complete your CE credits, your license will be changed to inactive status.

Do I have to take CE courses if I have an inactive license?

You do not have to complete the 18-hours of CE courses to renew an inactive real estate license. However, you still must complete the required 4-hours of TREC’s Legal Update 1 course, and 4-hours of TREC’s Legal Update 2 course prior to your renewal date. First-time renewals must complete the 90-hours of SAE courses.

What are the continuing education requirements in Texas?

If you are renewing your Texas real estate license for the first time, you must complete 90-hours of SAE courses. After your first renewal period, you must complete 18-hours of continuing education courses for every 2-year renewal period.

What is the difference between SAE and CE?

Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) credits are only required if you are renewing your Texas real estate license for the first time. After you renew your Texas real estate license one or more times, you are only required to take 18-hours of continuing education for every two-year renewal period.

How often do I have to renew my Texas real estate license?

You must renew your Texas real estate license every two years.

How much does it cost to renew my Texas real estate license?

​If you renew your license online, the renewal fee will be $110. If you submit a renewal application by mail, you will have to pay the standard $110 renewal fee plus a $20 paper filing fee.

How do I renew an active real estate license?

Prior to renewing your active real estate license, you must first complete the required SAE credits or CE credits (depending on if you are renewing for the first-time or not). Once you have completed all of the education requirements, you can then apply to renew your license online.

How do I renew an inactive real estate license?

Prior to your renewal date, you must first complete the 4-hour TREC Legal Update 1 course, and the 4-hour TREC Legal Update 2 course. You are not required to complete the full 18 hours of continuing education. Once you have completed the required qualifying education credits, you can then renew your license online.

How do I renew my Texas real estate license?

All Texas real estate licenses must be renewed every two years. TREC will send you a renewal notice around 90 days prior to your license expiration date. You can renew your license online. You should submit your renewal application and all course completion documents to TREC at least 10 prior to your renewal date.

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