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


 Class Equivalencies

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

  • State & Federal Laws Affecting Real Estate (8 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)
  • 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 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 is available online. 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.

The 2017 renewal cycle will be available beginning November 16, 2017 until December 31, 2017. You may not renew before the cycle opens. 



To renew your license, you must log into My Iowa PLB. If you have not yet logged into the new system, click on new user. Set up your account and link your license. Paper renewals are no longer accepted. During the renewal period, you will click on “Applications/Renewals.” Complete the checklist, upload your course completion certificates, and click “Submit for Review.”