How Long is Your Real Estate License Good For in Texas?

Your real estate license is good for two years in Texas.

To keep your Texas real estate license active, you’ll need to renew your license every two years. That’s long enough to keep the process from being much of a hassle but short enough to allow the Texas Real Estate Commission (TREC) time to confirm that agents remain up-to-date on changing industry conditions through ongoing education.

Education Requirements for Renewing Your Texas Real Estate License

Continuing education is an important part of the real estate license renewal process. These courses give agents a chance to expand their knowledge of the ever-evolving industry, learn new skills and get updates on changes in Texas real estate law.

The education requirements depend on whether this is your first renewal period or a subsequent renewal period.

During your first renewal period, you’ll need to meet the Sales Apprentice Education (SAE) requirements. And for all renewal periods after your first renewal, you’ll need to meet the Continuing Education (CE) requirements.

Sales Agent Apprentice Education (SAE)

The Texas Sales Agent Apprentice Education course consists of 98 credit hours (online or on campus), including:

  • 4-hour Legal Update I

  • 4-hour Legal Update II

  • Three 30-hour SAE electives (Broker’s Responsibilities course is required for Brokers or salespeople who have held a supervisory role for at least 6 months.)

Continuing Education (CE)

After you get past the first renewal there aren’t as many courses to take. The CE requirements consist of 18 credit hours within the 2-year active period, including:

  • 4 hours of Legal Update I

  • 4 hours of Legal Update II

  • 10 hours of SAE electives (including a Broker’s Responsibilities course for Brokers).

AceableAgent offers a complete CE package you can do entirely online! AceableAgent will even transfer your course completion confirmation to TREC for you.

But don’t wait until the last minute! To make sure TREC has enough time to process your education confirmation before processing your renewal, you should complete your education requirements at least 10 days before your real estate license expires.

Cost of Renewing Your Real Estate License

As long as you file your renewal paperwork on time, the real estate license renewal fee is $110 for a sales agent or $217 for a broker. But if you renew late there will be additional charges.

The Importance of Renewing on Time

It is imperative that you renew on time. Failure to do so will cost you! 

Late renewal within 90 days of expiration is $143 for salespeople and $253 for brokers. If you renew your real estate license between 90 days and 6 months it costs $176 for salespeople and $289 for brokers.

If you miss your renewal date, you can pay a $200 CE deferral fee to buy an additional 60 days and avoid entering “inactive” status. However, if you miss the 60-day window for completing the CE you’ll have to pay another $250 late reporting fee.  

You can renew from inactive status, but you cannot practice real estate while in inactive status. Any deals you have underway would be on hold.

You have up to six months to complete the renewal process after your license expires. After that six months, salespeople can apply for reinstatement of their license at a current cost of $190 in addition to all other renewal fees if the license has been expired less than two years. If you allow your real estate license to remain expired for over two years, you will need to retake the state real estate exam and reapply for your real estate license.

Final Recap

Maintaining an active Texas real estate license requires additional action every two years: 

  1. Complete your education requirements and submit the corresponding documentation at least 10 days before your renewal date - the sooner the better.

  2. Send in your renewal form online. The form can be submitted via mail, but it will take longer. You can apply for your renewal as early as 90 days before your real estate license is scheduled to expire.

  3. Pay the renewal fee. How much you will have to pay depends on whether or not you renew your Texas real estate license in time.

Don’t put this off! Sign up for your Texas real estate CE courses today!

*This article was updated on 7/1/2020

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