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Real Estate License Renewal and CE Requirements Extended

by Kim Shindle on

Editorial note: This article has been updated to include more recent information.

License renewal and continuing education requirements for real estate brokers and salespersons have been delayed 90 days, according to the Pennsylvania Department of State’s Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs.

The bureau announced the delay today as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Renewals and continuing education requirements will now be required by Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020.

Association-owned real estate schools throughout the state have canceled and postponed continuing education classes over the past few weeks in response to Gov. Tom Wolf’s restrictions imposed to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

“PAR is grateful BPOA and State Real Estate Commission recognized the unique challenges the pandemic has created for real estate licensees and has delayed the renewal period,” said PAR President Bill Festa. “We’ve been in discussions with both the bureau and the commission advocating for Realtors® in the past weeks.”

The Real Estate Licensing and Registration Act requires brokers and salespersons to complete 14 hours of commission-approved continuing education during each two-year license period. New salespersons who are renewing their licenses for the first time are required to complete a specific set of continuing education courses.

Though the deadline has been extended, licensees are still urged to complete their renewals as soon as possible. Brokers in particular should renew as soon as they can, since affiliated licensees cannot complete their application until the broker is renewed.


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Comments (27)


  • ERIC HUA    March 27, 2020 | 10:03 am

    I have completed the online 14 hours, how can do? would you please advise how can I do? thank you

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    • Kevin Juliano, CAE, RCE    March 27, 2020 | 2:53 pm

      Eric – If you have obtained your necessary continuing education, you should be good to just complete the license renewal once the application is available.

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  • Robert Roman    March 27, 2020 | 10:08 am

    Very proactive, thank you!

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  • Patricia Potkey    March 27, 2020 | 12:18 pm

    Thank you.

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  • Frank Dolski    March 28, 2020 | 10:13 am

    Thanks for being Proactive!

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  • Terry Mendenhall    March 30, 2020 | 8:36 pm

    when will the new course dates be available

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  • Sandy Hoban    April 27, 2020 | 2:58 pm

    I have completed my CE and have filled out the application on the PALS sight but there is no option to pay.

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  • Tracy    June 3, 2020 | 5:59 pm

    where doI go to renew as we did not receive an email from PALS

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  • Harry    July 3, 2020 | 4:21 pm

    I just tried to get my renewal started on PALS but my license says expired on May 31st, 2020 event though there is clear messaging on the PALS home page that renewals were extended to August 31st. I have no renewals available so cannot renew. I have tried to contact them but still no response after a few weeks. Any idea what is going on?

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    • Kevin Juliano, CAE, RCE    July 6, 2020 | 8:58 am

      Hi Harry – You are correct that real estate license expiration dates were extended until Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 from the original May 31st date. However, the Department of State did not modify the expiration dates in PALS.

      We cannot be sure if this is applicable to your situation as we do not administer the PALS system, but we recommend checking with your broker to ensure that they renewed their license. You will not see a renewal option in the system until your broker renews their license.

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  • kathleen m keller    July 16, 2020 | 2:57 pm

    I have a Maryland license. I have a Pa reciprocal one. I am not sure where I take the classes on line that I need to renew my license.

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  • Charles Hawley    July 17, 2020 | 11:23 am

    Good Morning Kevin; I am our Broker of Record for our company and renewed my broker license around May 5, 2020. I am still not seeing that it has been renewed. In this time of non-normal I guess I just need to wait. The issue is that my PA Licensees can not renew until my renewal has been processed. Any suggestions would be gratefully received. Charles P Hawley RMR001791

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  • Natalie    July 20, 2020 | 6:53 pm

    Hi, I received my license Jan 2020 (new)
    Do I have to renew ? Now before August?

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  • Carla    July 21, 2020 | 5:28 pm

    Hello my lic renewal was 5/31/20 but all was extend until 8/29/20 I complete my required courses I did the renewal application I haven’t received my anything yet can I continue to list property

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    • Kelly Leighton    July 22, 2020 | 8:34 am

      Hi Carla,
      Since you have until Aug. 29 to complete your renewal, you can still list properties. As for not receiving any renewal notice, we are unable to assist with specific questions as we do not administer the PALS platform. You can reach out to the State Real Estate Commission via email at [email protected]. Or you can submit a help ticket via PALS at

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  • Nancy    July 22, 2020 | 8:05 pm

    Hi. Thanks for being so responsive! I have a friend who’s PA RE license expired in May and he just renewed it last week. How long will it be before he’s reinstated? He claims it will be the end of this week. Can it be that quick? I was planning to use him as my agent.

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    • Kelly Leighton    July 23, 2020 | 8:55 am

      Hi Nancy – We do not administer the platform that renews licenses, so we cannot tell you when it will be official.

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  • Shirley Weaver    July 23, 2020 | 7:22 pm

    I never received the email in March with the code

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  • Shirley epstein    August 13, 2020 | 7:53 am

    I am totally confused, what code? How do I renew my associate brokers license?

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