Alabama Real Estate: Salesperson & Broker License Renewal

Instructor: Tara Schofield

Tara has a PhD in Marketing & Management

Now that you have your real estate license, learn what you need to do to keep your license active. This lesson explains the deadlines and requirements to renew your real estate license in Alabama.

Keeping Your License Active

Congratulations! You've just finished your real estate course and passed your real estate exam. You are a licensed real estate salesperson in Alabama. After such an exciting accomplishment, it's easy to think you're done with the licensing work. The reality is you will need to renew your license every two years in Alabama. Let's talk about what you need to do to remain active.

Process for Renewal

Within the first 12 months after obtaining your license you will need to take 30 hours of approved courses. This is required to receive a permanent license. These hours are separate from the coursework required to renew your license.

In Alabama, you must renew your license every two years, essentially alerting the Alabama Real Estate Commission that you intend to continue working in real estate for the next two years and want to have your license active to do your work. To streamline the process, all renewal fees should be paid by August 31 in the renewal year. For instance, if you get your license in 2020, you need to renew your license in 2022 and every two years following. Regardless of when you get your license in 2020, you will need to pay to renew your license by August 31, 2022. Otherwise, your license can expire on September 30.

You can process the renewal online, ensuring you submit the form by the end of August. But you can finish your course work during September if you need extra time to complete a class.

Let's imagine you've had your license for two years and it hits you on August 15 that you need to renew your license by the end of the month. Unfortunately, you still need to take one more course and won't have it completed in time. You go online to renew your license and know you must finish the final class by the end of September. On September 20, you complete your 15 hours of courses and are renewed for another two years.

Educational Requirements

Every two years you will need to take 15 hours of approved coursework to meet your education requirements. Of these 15 hours, six hours include courses on risk management and avoiding violations. The remaining nine hours can be courses you selected from the pre-approved courses identified by the Alabama Real Estate Commission.

The courses you take are considered continuing education and are meant to help you refine your skills and build expertise in areas that are appealing. Of course, you can take more than 15 hours of courses, but a minimum of 15 hours is required.

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