Renew your licence
Your real estate licence expires every 12 months. To continue to undertake real estate agency work, you need to renew your licence each year before it expires.
Anyone who holds a licence to carry out real estate agency work is responsible for maintaining their licence. This maintenance includes renewing your licence on time, continuing to be a fit and proper person and also requires you to update REA when you have a change in circumstances. For example, licensees must let us know when they finish working for an agency, start working for a new agency, and update their contact details within 10 working days.
If you allow your licence to expire, you will need to apply for a new licence. The application process is at least 2 weeks, to allow for any public objections, and licensees must stand down from all real estate agency work while their application is being processed.
More below about what happens if you don't renew on time
Renew now in the licensee portal
Use the licensee portal to renew your licence and update your details. This is the quickest way to meet your obligation to maintain 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 conviction 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.
Download the application for licence renewal form [PDF 90KB]
Processing your renewal and timeframes
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 more about refunds
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 criteria you must meet to hold a real estate licence
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.
What happens if I don't renew on time?
Your licence will expire if you fail to renew it and pay the renewal fee 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 will 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. An application for a licence can take up to 3 weeks, and in some cases may take longer. You will not be able to carry out real estate agency work during this time.
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 email and phone contact details up to date with us so you receive reminders.
If you need help with your renewal please make sure to contact us before your licence expires.
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 conviction 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.
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