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California Real Estate Continuing Education Guide

How to renew your California real estate license and choose the correct continuing education courses.

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How To Renew Your Real Estate License In California

California requires 45 hours of continuing education classes (CE) for all real estate licensees. The California Department of Real Estate (DRE) requires different topics based on your license status.

Courses can also be taken individually following the DRE's real estate education requirements, or as part of a convenient 45-hour package.

First-Time Renewal Requirements

If this is the first time you have ever renewed your real estate license, the DRE wants you to take 5 required fundamental courses, 18 hours of consumer protection courses, and the remainder on either consumer protection or consumer services courses.

Get the 45-Hour First-Time Renewal CE Package

Subsequent Renewal Requirements

Requirements for renewing for the second or subsequent time are similar to first-time renewals. However, you may choose to take an Eight Hour Survey course that covers the five basic subjects in one survey course instead of taking each one individually.

Get the 45-Hour Subsequent Renewal CE Package

Renew Your License Through the DRE

Each course you complete will provide a certificate of completion with a date and authentication number. After completing 45 hours of courses, you can renew your California real estate license by using the DRE's eLicensing system, or by mailing in your renewal application.

We strongly recommend that you use the online eLicensing system. Attempting to renew by mail is slow and error prone.

For more info on the process, forms, and fees involved, visit the Renewing Your License page at the California Department of Real Estate website.

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Download or print your completion certificates. Upload to the DRE eLicensing site to renew your license.

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