Renew a License


The information below applies to both Salesperson and Broker license renewals.

Please see the Frequently Asked Questions section at the bottom of this page, or contact us with additional questions.

Step 1: Complete Courses for Renewal

Course Required Hours   Format
Law Update 8 hours   Classroom or Online
Ethics 4 hours   Classroom or Online
Electives 24 hours   Classroom or Online

Up to 24 hours may be taken by home study/online courses.

Class Equivalencies

Some courses meet the requirements for the mandatory Law Update and/or Ethics courses:

  • State & Federal Laws Affecting Real Estate (8 hours) equals Law Update
  • Developing Professionalism equals Ethics (4 hours) and Elective (8 hours)
  • GRI 103 equals Ethics (4 hours) and Elective (4 hours)
  • GRI 105 equals State and Federal Laws Affecting Real Estate (Pre-Broker)
  • Other class equivalencies may exist. Contact the Education department for assistance.

Course Completion Certificates

After you complete a course, a course completion certificate will be issued to you. This certificate includes a course number that is used by the Iowa Real Estate Commission to verify your completion of the course. Save all of your course completion certificates.

All course certificates provided through the IAR School of Real Estate are available online in the My Account section of our website. Log in to My Account to access and print your certificates. Please note that course certificates for courses taken with other education providers are not available in the My Account section.

Step 2: Renew Your License

License renewal is available online. Visit to renew your license.

Note that online license renewal is available only during renewal periods (typically November through January). However, you can visit at any time to verify the status of any real estate licensee or company.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I renew my license?

Visit to renew online. Please note that license renewal is only available online during November and December of each year.

When do I renew my license?

Go to and search for your name. Your license status and renewal date will be displayed.

Can I carry over hours from one licensing period to the next?


How much of my 36 hours can be home study / online hours?

A maximum of 24 hours may be taken through home study/online courses.

What do I do with the certificates I receive from taking a course?

You do not have to turn in your certificates when you renew your license, but you do have to have them on file in case you are audited by the Iowa Real Estate Commission. Certificates for classes taken through the IAR School of Real Estate are kept online for you in the My Account section of our website.

The Iowa Association of REALTORS® keeps track of all my education hours for me, right?

No, the Iowa Association of REALTORS keeps track of classes offered by the Association and its educational partners only. There is no central bank of information where your class records are kept.

How do I get copies of my certificates if I have lost them?

You can print your certificates from any classes offered by the IAR or its Educational Partners by logging on to My Account. For non-IAR sponsored courses, you must contact each school that sponsored the course. For example if you took 3 courses from the Iowa Association of REALTORS® - we would have those records. If you took a course from a private business or broker- you need to contact the private business or broker, etc. It is your responsibility to keep track of the courses you have taken and from which school where the course was offered.

If I don't have my hours in for renewal can I take the real estate exam again instead?

Yes, contact the Real Estate Commission at for specific instructions on how to take the exam for renewal.