2014 Leasing Agent Renewal Q&A

Q&A for Leasing Agents

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 at IDFPR’s website and renewing electronically, or you download the printed renewal form. If you renew online, you can use a credit card. If you submit a paper form, you can pay with 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, 2014.

  • 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 can 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 Association of REALTORS® Education Lookup to check your education credits for courses taken – and passed – through the Illinois Association of 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. So if you didn’t take the exam, you won’t be issued the credit. Note: All online courses offered by the IAR 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 Association of REALTORS® Licensing & Training Center or your local association, your CE will not be reflected in IAR’s 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, 2014 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, 2014 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, 2014 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).

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