2016 Leasing Agent Renewal

The license renewal deadline for Leasing Agents is July 31, 2018.

What are the License Renewal Requirements for Leasing Agents?

  • Leasing Agents who first obtained their original license after August 1, 2016 are exempt from continuing education requirements for this renewal cycle.
  • Leasing Agents who first obtained their original license on before August 1, 2016 must complete at least 6 hours of CE between August 1, 2016 and July 31, 2018. The 6 hours must be relevant to leasing residential real property and (at a minimum) cover recent changes in the Real Estate License Act.

Download Requirements  | Purchase CE Package  | Renew License with IDFPR

Leasing Agents may fulfill their license renewal CE requirement with a leasing agent renewal course package from the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center:

Leasing Agent CE Package
PM 613 Leasing Residential Property
COR 1662 Disclosure Issues for Landlords
Purchase in the REALTOR® Store for $38.00


If you have any questions, please refer to the FAQs section below or contact an Education Specialist by calling 1-800-752-3274 or emailing education@illinoisrealtors.org. 

Leasing Agent License Renewal FAQs
answered by Carrie Elliott, Education Manager

  • Q: When is the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) renewal open?

You can renew now by going online to IDFPR’s website and renewing electronically, or you can download the printed renewal form.  You may use a credit card for online renewals only.  Renewals submitted with a printed application will require a check.  Printed forms can be sent to IDFPR, PO Box 7086, 320 West Washington St., Springfield, IL 62791.

  • Q: What are the fees for renewal?

The $100 Illinois licensing fee must be paid to the IDFPR by July 31, 2018.

  • Q:  I don’t remember when I got my license or when it expires. How do find out whether I need to renew or not?

Your license expiration date is listed on your IDFPR-issued pocket card. Or use the online IDFPR License Look-Up. You may also call IDFPR at 1-888-4REGUL8 (1-888-473-4858).

  • Q: How can I find out what continuing education hours I already have?

Use the Illinois REALTORS® Education Lookup to check your education credits for courses taken – and passed – through the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center.

  • Q: I checked the IDFPR website and my records are not showing up. What should I do?

Your course provider is responsible for sending your records to IDFPR. Keep in mind, it does not happen instantly and it may be that IDFPR has not updated its site. Your best option would be to check with your school directly.

  • Q: What if I have too many core CE hours and not enough elective?

Your core hours will count toward elective CE hours.  However, elective hours do not count toward your core requirement. Credit hours for the same course cannot be repeated within the same cycle.

  • Q: I took an online course that said it was approved for CE credit and now IDFPR says it is not approved. What can I do?

It is always a good idea to check to make sure the courses you take online are approved for CE in the state of Illinois. They may say they are approved for CE credit, but the approval may be from another state. In addition, you also have to take a proctored exam for any online or home study course.  If you didn’t take the exam, you won’t be issued the credit. Note:  All online courses offered by the Illinois REALTORS Licensing & Training Center are state approved for Illinois CE credit.

  • Q: I can’t find my certificates for all my courses. Can I send in my renewal without them?

Yes. Do not mail your certificates to IDFPR with your renewal form. They are for your records only. Also, you may need them in the event of an audit.

  • Q: Why can’t I find my CE hours on your website?

If you took your CE through a provider other than the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center or your local association, your CE will not be reflected in the Illinois REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center Education Lookup. You will need to contact the other school directly for your records.

  • Q: Can I still practice as a leasing agent after July 31, 2018 if I have not completed all the required CE and/or completed the renewal application and paid the fee to the IDFPR?

No. Contact the IDFPR to learn your options. Call 1-800-560-6420 or email.

  • Q: If I completed my CE, paid the fee and submitted the renewal form on or before July 31, 2018 but I have not received my renewed license. May I practice now?

Yes. Make sure you keep records of your CE, renewal application and payment for proof purposes in case of an audit.

  • Q: What if I haven’t completed CE in time to meet the July 31, 2018 renewal date for the leasing agent license?

If you renew without completing the required CE, you could face a penalty of up to $25 per credit hour that you were deficient (e.g., deficient three hours equals a $75 penalty).