Renew a License

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

Step 1: Complete Courses for Renewal

Up to 24 hours may be taken by home study or online


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


  • *In order to satisfy the Ethics requirement as a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, Ethics must be taken from NAR, IAR or a local board/association of Realtors. An Ethics course offered by a brokerage or outside school would not satisfy NAR's requirements. 
  • View the Law Update and Ethics Course Schedule
  • View the Electives Course Schedule
  • View the Online Courses via REsmarts. 

 Class Equivalencies

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

  • Federal & State Laws Affecting Real Estate (6 hours) + Impeding Professionalism (2 hours) equals Law Update
  • Developing Professionalism equals Ethics (4 hours) and Elective (8 hours)
  • GRI 105 equals State and Federal Laws Affecting Real Estate (Pre-Broker) + Impeding Professionalism (2 hours) equals Law Update
  • 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 (Click on "Events" and then "My Classes") 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 opens November 16. 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.

To renew your license, you must log into My Iowa PLB. If you forgot or are unsure of your My Iowa PLB username, please contact Commission staff at or (515) 725-9027, Ext. 8.
DO NOT click on “New User?” and create a second account.

Check out the Iowa Real Estate Tips & Tricks Page for helpful hints on renewing your license. 

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