Renew your licence
Your real estate licence expires every 12 months. To continue to work in real estate, you need to renew it each year before it expires.
How to renew your licence
Use the licensee portal to renew your licence.
To renew your licence you need to:
- login to the licensee portal using your RealMe username and password
- declare all convictions and pending charges, including traffic offences
- consent to a criminal history check
- have a debit or credit card (Visa or Mastercard) or your bank login details ready to pay your annual licence fee.
Renew using a form
Using the licensee portal is the quickest and easiest way to renew your licence, however if you want to submit your application manually, you can download a renewal form. There is a $28.75 (including GST) processing fee for all manual applications, renewals and suspensions.
Processing your renewal
We’ll process your licence renewal and email your new licence to you in 2-3 working days. During busier periods it may take longer to hear back from us. Please only contact us if you haven’t received your new licence 7 days after renewing.
How much will my licence cost?
You must pay the annual levies to renew your licence. You can pay by Visa, MasterCard or account to account transfer when you log into the licensee portal. You’ll be prompted to pay your levies as the final step of the online renewal process.
Type of levy
Operational levy — to fund the costs of the Real Estate Authority
Disciplinary levy — to fund the costs of the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal
* Please note there is a $28.75 (including GST) processing fee for all manual applications, renewals and suspensions.
** These fees are non-refundable. Read our information on refunds here.
Read more about licence costs here.
Am I eligible?
To remain eligible for a licence, you need to meet certain criteria and be a fit and proper person.
Read more about the criteria you must meet to hold a real estate licence here.
It’s your legal responsibility to declare anything that could affect your eligibility. You’ll be prompted to make a declaration as part of the online renewal process. Please declare any and all convictions and pending charges, including traffic offences.
You don’t need to tell us about any complaints being considered by a Complaints Assessment Committee or the Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal. If you’ve been disciplined because of a complaint, you do need to tell us if you still owe any costs or fines or if you’ve failed to comply with an order.
You also need to consent to a criminal history check so we can ask New Zealand Police Vetting Service for information about your criminal history. You’ll be prompted to give consent as part of the online renewal process.
Please declare everything you think might affect our decision to renew your licence.
We may ask you for more information or we may ask other people for information. If we do this, we’ll tell you first, and your licence will remain active until we learn more.
If you’re not sure whether you need to declare something, call us on 0800 367 7322.
What happens if I don't renew?
Your licence will expire if you forget to renew and pay before its current expiry date. That means you won’t be able to do any real estate work until you reapply. Your current expiry date is written on your evidence of licence certificate or you can check in the public register.
It is your responsibility to make sure you renew your licence on or before the expiry date.
If you allow your licence to expire, you may have to apply for a new licence and you may also be required to obtain new qualifications. We recommend you diarise your licence renewal date.
Check your licence expiry date on the public register here.
We'll remind you about expiry
We’ll remind you by email and text when your licence is due to expire. We’ll do this twice — 6 weeks and 2 weeks before expiry. Please keep your contact details up to date with us so you receive reminders.
Renewing a company licence
A licence must be renewed every year before the expiry date via the licensee portal. We’ll remind you of the licence expiry date by emailing the company’s preferred email address when your licence is due to expire.
Only the eligible or principal officers will be able to renew the company licence in the licensee portal — contact persons and other officers cannot renew or suspend a company licence.
All officers of the company must complete a copy of the criminal history consent form and return it to us. We will send an email to the company’s preferred email address with the names of the officers who need to complete this.
Download the criminal history consent form.