Current Real Estate License Renewal Cycle (2022-2024)

The Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission (SREC) grants and renews licenses in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Association of Realtors® (PAR) is a membership organization. The renewal deadline was May 31, 2024.

Licensees must complete continuing education requirements prior to renewing their license. Requirements differ depending on when you were licensed.

If you were licensed before Dec. 1, 2021, you must complete at least three hours of the required 14 hours of continuing education in a topic that covers the responsibilities of the broker and the responsibilities of their licensees regarding property management, advertising and general supervision. View the Real Estate Commission’s special notice.

UPDATE: The real estate license renewal deadline has passed. If you did not renew in time, follow the steps to reactivate your license.

License Reactivation

If a broker does not renew their license, the agents’ licenses also expire, and licensees cannot practice real estate.

The Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission reports that the current processing timeframe for licensees needing to reactivate their license or apply for a new one is about two to three weeks.

Those applying to reactivate a license must complete an online form, pay a fee and submit transcripts for review to ensure completion of the 14 hours of continuing education.

Brokerages with separate licenses for the brokerage corporation (RB) and broker of record (RM) will need to renew both licenses. View instructions for reactivating a broker sole proprietor license.

For reactivation questions, log into PALS and submit questions through their individual portal. Questions can also be submitted via email to: [email protected].

Salesperson Reactivation

Part 1:

  • Log into PALS.
  • On the left, at “Your Account,” click “Login to your account.”
  • Scroll down to “Professional License Details,” where you will see a blue REQUEST button to the left of your real estate license number. Click the blue REQUEST button.
  • A Change Menu will pop up at the top of the screen. Click “Reactivate.”
  • You will be asked to enter information and answer some questions.
  • When prompted, enter your employer’s company license number per the instructions at the top of that section. Press the Tab key. The broker facility information will auto-populate.
  • Click Send to Broker at the bottom right.
  • Log out of your PALS account and notify your employer that you have sent your application to them for the broker of record to review. You must wait until your broker approves your application before you may continue with Part 2.

Part 2:

  • You will receive a notification that your broker of record has approved your online application.
  • You will then log back into your PALS account to finish the second half of the application. Now, you must scroll to the bottom of your dashboard and click on
    the blue Review button in the My Queue section, then answer some questions and upload the applicable education or LOGS documents.
  • You will be prompted to pay the reactivation fee with your credit card.

NOTE: The Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission and the state Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs will NOT call licensees asking for payment over the phone. If you receive a call or text message asking for your credit card information, hang up. DO NOT give your personal or financial information over the phone.

If you believe you are a victim of any type of scam, you should immediately contact your local and state police.

Continuing Education Requirements for License Renewal

If you were licensed on or after Dec. 1, 2023, there are no continuing education requirements to renew your license, but your license must be renewed.

If you were licensed between Dec. 1, 2021, and Nov. 31, 2023, you must complete a specific set of two seven-hour continuing education courses (General Module and Residential Module, or Commercial Module for commercial practitioners).

All other licensees must complete 14 hours of continuing education courses, including 3 hours of approved required training set by the SREC. View a list of courses that meet this requirement on our education calendar.

Need CE? View our continuing education course calendar.

Renewing Reciprocal Licenses

Real estate agents licensed in other states (Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland and Massachusetts) with a reciprocal license in Pennsylvania must also renew their Pennsylvania license as of May 31, 2024.

Real estate licensees who hold a reciprocal license from one of these six states only need to renew their license and do not need to complete Pennsylvania continuing education to renew but must meet the CE requirements in their home state. If licensees from other states not included in the reciprocal states hold licenses in Pennsylvania, they must take the Pennsylvania-required CE in order to renew their Pennsylvania real estate license.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

I didn’t renew my license before the May 31, 2024 deadline. What do I do now?

To reactivate a license, you must complete an online form, pay a fee and submit transcripts for review to ensure completion of the 14 hours of continuing education. Review salesperson reactivation instructions. For reactivation questions, log into PALS and submit questions through their individual portal or email [email protected].

 

How do I find my PALS username and password?

Submit a ticket to PALS help online. Once you submit a ticket, please allow at least 48 hours for a response. Submitting an additional request for the same issue will slow down response time. Do NOT call the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors®. PAR does not have access to PALS and cannot help you log into the system.

 

Where can I find the required course for this renewal cycle?

  • If you were licensed on or after Dec. 1, 2023, there are no continuing education requirements to renew your license, but your license must be renewed.
  • If you were licensed between Dec. 1, 2021, and Nov. 31, 2023, you must complete a specific set of two seven-hour continuing education courses (General Module and Residential Module, or Commercial Module for commercial practitioners).
  • All other licensees must complete 14 hours of continuing education courses, including 3 hours of approved required training set by the SREC. You can find a list of courses that meet this requirement on our education calendar.

 

If my Pennsylvania license was issued based on having a license in New York, what do I need to do to renew it?

The Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission no longer issues new licenses by reciprocity based on an applicant holding an active license in the state of New York. Those with active reciprocal licenses issued through New York licensure will be permitted to maintain that license as long as they remain in compliance with the reciprocity regulations.

 

I am getting a message that the broker hasn’t renewed. What should I do?

You can complete the form, but your license will be on hold until your broker renews. Contact your broker to ensure that they have renewed their license.

 

I tried to renew my license, but PALS says I need a “registration number from the board.” What does that mean?

The “board” in this message refers to the licensing board – the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission – not your state/local board or association of Realtors®. All licensees should receive an email from the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission with a registration number that is used for their license renewal. You cannot renew your license until after you receive that notice, which will be sent approximately 60 days prior to the renewal deadline (around the end of March). If you received that notice before about April 1 you likely need to wait for the renewal notice before you can proceed with the renewal process.

 

Where can I find transcripts for the continuing education courses I’ve taken?

There is no central location for all real estate licensees’ transcripts. The Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission requires licensees to keep track of their continuing education credits. Individual schools issue their own transcripts. If you do not have a record, you must contact each real estate school where you completed courses. PAR does not maintain transcripts for other real estate schools.

 

Where can I find transcripts for the courses I took at Triple Play?

Triple Play Realtors® Convention transcripts are typically emailed in January following the convention. If you didn’t receive your individualized email with your login and password from PAR, use your member login to access and download the transcripts that you are eligible to receive on the course transcripts page.

 

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Reminder: PAR is a membership organization and does not grant real estate licenses. The Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission grants and renews licenses in Pennsylvania via the Pennsylvania Licensing System (PALS).

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