How to renew your license: Managing brokers

Things to know

Counter services closed on January 1, 2016.

  • You can still mail applications and forms or use our online services where available.
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  • If you still have questions call 360.664.6500 or email

When to renew

Your license expires every 2 years. You can renew online or by mail.

How to renew online

You can renew online only if:

  • you’re not required to submit fingerprints.
  • your course ID numbers are 4 numbers or less. If you need to submit any courses that are 5 numbers or more, please use mail.
  1. Enter your continuing education information.
  2. Pay with a Visa, Mastercard, or American Express credit or debit card.
  3. Print the final confirmation screen for your records when you’re finished. You’ll get your license in the mail.

How to renew by mail

  1. Submit all of the following:
    • Certify on your renewal notice by signing that you have completed all the required continuing education.
    • A check or money order for the fee (payable to the Department of Licensing).
    • Your completed fingerprint card, if required.
      • Don’t fold the fingerprint card or your fingerprints will have to be retaken.
      • If we don’t receive your completed fingerprint card, your renewal will be incomplete and we won’t be able to process it.
  2. Mail your renewal documents and fee to:
    Real Estate Licensing
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 3917
    Seattle, WA 98124-3917

If you didn’t get a renewal notice, or have misplaced it, complete a Real Estate License Renewal Application and mail it to us as described above.

Continuing education requirements

When you may renew your active managing broker’s license, you must certify on your renewal notice by signing that you have completed all the required continuing education that you’ve completed all the required continuing education:

Type of renewal Required continuing education
Active renewals
  • 30 hours of approved continuing education, including a 3-hour Core Course
  • A minimum of 15 hours must be completed within 24 months of your renewal date. You may also use up to 15 hours of unused continuing education that was completed within 48 months of your renewal date. The hours must be completed after the date of first licensure as a managing broker.
Inactive renewals

No continuing education required to renew an inactive license.

If you want to activate your license, you may have to meet the education requirements for an active license.

For a list of approved continuing education courses, see the Real Estate Education Course Catalog.

Fingerprinting requirements

Once every 6 years, you’ll be required to submit your fingerprints with your active license renewal. We’ll determine when you must submit fingerprints, and send you a fingerprint card and instructions with your renewal notice.

How to get your fingerprints taken

Take the fingerprint card you got with your renewal notice to any fingerprinting service approved by the Washington State Patrol.

  • Each fingerprinting service sets its own fee, and you’ll be required to pay them when you get your fingerprints taken.
  • When you submit your renewal application, you must also pay us a fee to process your fingerprints through the Washington State Patrol and FBI.

If your fingerprint report shows a conviction

We’ll review each fingerprint report that shows a conviction on a case-by-case basis. During the review, we’ll look at:

  • The type of crime.
  • The level of the conviction.
  • The relationship of the crime to professional real estate practices.
  • The length of time since the conviction occurred.
  • Whether you previously notified us of the conviction as required.

During the investigation, we may ask you or other sources to provide additional information about the conviction. Your license status won’t be affected while we review and investigate the conviction report.

If we decide to proceed with a disciplinary action against your license, we’ll notify you and provide information about the process. In most cases, the active status of your license won’t be affected until the process is fully completed and a final order is signed.

Questions? Need help?

If you have questions about Call us at
Renewing your license 360.664.6500
Fingerprinting requirements 360.664.6484
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