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 for the current cycle is May 31, 2024. Licensees must complete continuing education requirements prior to renewing their license. Requirements differ depending on when you were licensed.
Before Applying for Real Estate 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 3.5 hours of approved required training set by the SREC.
View our continuing education course calendar.
Renewing Your Real Estate License
- The Pennsylvania SREC will send an email to all real estate licensees sometime in 2024 when the real estate license renewal process is open.
- After the renewal process is open, your license must be renewed by May 31, 2024.
- Agents cannot renew until their broker has renewed.
- No paper renewal applications will be accepted.
- Continuing education requirements must be complete prior to applying for real estate license renewal.
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.
Renewing Broker of Record/Broker Corporation
Brokerages with separate licenses for the brokerage corporation (RB) and broker of record (RM) will need to renew both licenses. Check your PALS account(s) to ensure that you have access to both licenses. If you do not have access to both, view information from SREC about personal and facility licenses.
The brokerage licenses must be renewed before agents working in their offices can renew their licenses.
For all brokerage licenses (RB, RBR, RM, RMR, LB, LBR, LM, LMR, RR, and MR license types) after June 1, 2024, the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission will no longer accept reactivation applications. If the license expires or is placed “Out of Business,” the broker will need to submit new initial applications for a new company and broker of record license. If the Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission can tell that the company had a broker license within the last 30 days, then it will waive the inspection, but otherwise all documentation and fees for the new licenses would need to be submitted. Broker sole proprietor licensees (RB) will still be able to reactivate rather than applying for a new license.
If you fail to renew your license, it impacts all of the licensees attached to your brokerage as well.
Watch an example of broker of record renewal and broker corporation renewal.
Renewing Reciprocal Licenses
Real estate agents who are 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
How do I get my 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.
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 that 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 go further 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 your continuing education credits. Individual schools issue their own transcripts. If you do not have a record, you will need to 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.
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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