How to Renew Your Massachusetts Real Estate License

Your Step-By-Step Renewal Guide

Jacqueline Kyo Thomas

Jacqueline Kyo Thomas


Let’s take a quick peek at the calendar. Is it close to your birthday? That may mean it’s time to renew your Massachusetts real estate license. But where do you start?

Start with this guide.

Below, we’re sharing everything you need to know about renewing your MA real estate license.

How often do you need to renew your MA real estate license?

To keep your Massachusetts real estate license in “active” status, you are required to renew your license every two years. This is mandatory for both real estate salespeople and real estate brokers who wish to operate in the state of Massachusetts.

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What steps do you need to take to renew your MA real estate license?

The Massachusetts Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons is the state's licensing agency for those who practice real estate sales and brokering. This governing body has outlined the following stipulations:

Whether you're a salesperson or a broker, the state of Massachusetts requires you to take continuing education prior to your license renewal. You'll need to take 12 continuing education hours every 24 months.

When will your MA real estate license expire? Your Massachusetts real estate license doesn’t technically expire for at least two years after it’s set to renew, but it does go “inactive” if you fail to renew it within a specific timeframe. The state requires that you renew your license every two years.

To keep it simple, Massachusetts has set your real estate license to “expire” every two years on your birthday. Since it’s easy for most of us to remember our birthdays, it’s also easy to remember your real estate license renewal deadline, as long as you also remember to skip a year.

When should you renew your MA real estate license?

It’s tempting to wait until your birthday to take the steps to renew your real estate license, but don’t wait. You can and should renew your license before the deadline. This way, when one license card “expires,” you’ll have the updated card in hand.

Does MA have a continuing education requirement?

Yes. Before you can renew your real estate license in the state of Massachusetts, you are required to take 12 hours of continuing education classes.

But if you're busy and don't have time to come into an in-person class, that's okay. You can take your continuing education (CE) classes online. If you have a PC, tablet, or smartphone, you can access Continue Me, our board-certified real estate continuing education app. Class is in session as long as you have Internet connection. This enables you to take your renewal course on the go, whether that's at the gym, in between appointments, or whenever you have the time.

Learn more about our MA real estate continuing education courses here.

How much does it cost to take continuing education classes?

The cost for our continuing education courses is $24.99. This cost will cover the 12 hours you’ll need to renew your license.

How much does it cost to renew your MA real estate license? The fee for renewing your Massachusetts real estate license is as follows:

For a greater breakdown of the fees by license type, such as attorney broker or education waived broker/salesperson, click here.

How do I verify my MA real estate license's status?

You can check the status of any real estate license, including yours. Click here to search for a Massachusetts real estate licensee.

Keep in mind that if you're checking for yourself, you'll need to enter either your license number or your name, type of license, and the address you used when applying for your license.

What happens if you miss the deadline to renew your real estate license?

We get it. Life happens.

If you let your Massachusetts real estate license “expire” or enter “inactive” status, don't worry. Whether it went “inactive” last month or “expired” last decade, there's an easy path to reactivating or reinstating it.

To understand which one is needed, let’s discuss the different statuses of real estate licenses.

In the State of Massachusetts, there are three license statuses:

  1. Active
  2. Inactive
  3. Expired

Active means that your license is up to date.

Inactive means that your license is up for renewal but you have not completed the necessary 12 hours of continuing education. Your license will go into “inactive” status if you have not paid the renewal fee and completed your 12 hours of classes by the renewal deadline (which occurs every 2 years on your birthday).

Expired means that your license has been inactive for an extended period of time. If it has been more than 2 years since your license was “active,” your license switches to expired status.

The State of Massachusetts now allows you to reactivate or reinstate your license simply by attending 12 hours of continuing education through an authorized school (that’s us!). You'll also need to pay a late renewal fee in addition to your regular license fee.

The late renewal fee is $57.

If your real estate license is currently inactive (it's been less than two years since it was on active status), you must fill out a license reactivation form. This is distinct from real estate license expiration.

If your real estate license is currently expired (it’s been more than two years since your license was active), you must fill out a request for reinstatement application.

Please note that you should do this after completing 12 hours of your continuing education classes because those certificates must be submitted along with your reinstatement request.

After filling out these forms, attach them to an email to this address: realestateboard@mass.gov.

Expect between 4 to 6 weeks for the Board to process your reactivation or reinstatement application.

What happens if you don’t renew your real estate license?

If you don’t renew your license, you cannot legally sell or broker real estate in the state of Massachusetts. Your real estate license will be switched to “inactive” status. After two years on “inactive” status, your real estate license will go to expired status. But you can easily reactivate or reinstate.

Do continuing education credits roll over for the next renewal cycle?

No. You're only required to accumulate 12 hours of continuing education credit. Taking more than 12 hours definitely won't be a bad thing. You can use this information to level up your game as a real estate agent. However, to remain sharp as a salesperson or broker, the state of Massachusetts requires that you take associated real estate courses every two years. But don't worry. We've made it very easy for you to accomplish this mandatory requirement.

Do you need to take a code of ethics when you renew your real estate license?

No. If you are a REALTOR® member, you are required to complete 2 hours and 30 minutes of ethics training every three years. You can fulfill this code of ethics training requirement online by clicking here.

There are two options for satisfying your code of ethics requirement: CE and non-CE. The CE, or continuing education, version is currently $29.95, but the non-CE version is available for free. For agents operating in Massachusetts, choose the non-CE version. The state of Massachusetts does not offer a continuing education credit for the REALTOR® code of ethics training course, so it's better to go with the non-CE version – plus, it's free!

The deadline for the REALTOR® code of ethics' current cycle is December 31, 2021.

Learn more about the REALTOR® code of ethics training here.

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Can I take any real estate course to satisfy Massachusetts' real estate license renewal requirements?

No. The state of Massachusetts requires that you take continuing education courses from a list of approved schools. Not only is Freedom Trail Realty School authorized by the State of Massachusetts to teach real estate continuing education, we're also one of the top-rated schools.

Check out reviews for Freedom Trail Realty School here.

How do you contact the MA Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons?

Here are 5 ways to contact the Board of Registration of Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons:

1. Physical and Mailing Address:

1000 Washington Street Suite 710 Boston, MA 02118

2. Website Address:

https://www.mass.gov/orgs/board-of-registration-of-real-estate-brokers-and-salespersons

3. Email Address:

realestateboard@mass.gov

4. Phone Number:

(617) 701-8661

5. Fax Number:

(617) 727-0139

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