Renewal of licenses:
The Arizona Department of Real Estate has very specific requirements for maintaining and renewing your real estate license. The Designated Broker is required to understand the statutes for license renewal and should establish a system where their agents renew their licenses in a timely manner. The Designated Broker is ultimately responsible for unlicensed activity by their agents.
ARS 32-2130. Renewal of licenses education requirements; broker licensee renewal as salesperson licensee
A. A license may be renewed in a timely manner by filing an application for renewal in the manner prescribed by the commissioner, by paying the renewal fee specified in this chapter and by presenting evidence of attendance at a school certified by the commissioner during the preceding license period of twenty-four credit hours for salespersons and associate brokers and thirty credit hours for designated brokers or for associate brokers employed by a designated broker pursuant to Section 32-2151.01, Subsection G, or a lesser number of credit hours prescribed by the commissioner, of real estate oriented continuing education courses prescribed and approved by the commissioner. The total number of credit hours shall be accrued at a rate of twenty-four credit hours for salespersons and associate brokers and thirty credit hours for designated brokers or for associate brokers employed by a designated broker pursuant to Section 32-2151.01, Subsection G during each twenty-four month period of licensure. The department shall maintain a current list of approved courses. The commissioner may waive all or a portion of the continuing education requirement for good cause shown. The commissioner shall determine by rule the content of the renewal credit hours. The renewal credit hours may include the commissioner’s current topics, including short sales. For the purposes of this subsection, “short sales” means real estate transactions in which the sales price is insufficient to pay the loan encumbering the property in addition to the costs of sale and the seller is unable to pay the difference.
B. If an applicant is renewing a license within one year after it expired, the applicant may apply continuing education hours completed after the expiration toward the continuing education required for renewal.
C. Each renewal application shall contain, as applicable, the same information required in an original application pursuant to section 32-2123.
D. Cemetery brokers and salespersons and membership camping brokers and salespersons are exempt from the educational requirements of this section.
E. Nothing in this section requires a licensee to attend department produced or sponsored courses if approved courses are otherwise available.
F. Between the expiration date of the license and the date of renewal of the license, the rights of the licensee under the license expire. While the license is expired it is unlawful for a person to act or attempt or offer to act in a manner included in the definition of a real estate, cemetery or membership camping broker or salesperson. If the license of an employing broker expires under this subsection, the licenses of persons who are employed by the employing broker shall be severed from the employing broker on the license expiration date of the employing broker. These persons may be rehired on renewal of the employing broker’s license. The department shall terminate a license that has been expired for more than one year.
G. Except as provided in section 32-4301, no more than one year after the license expiration date, the department shall renew a license without requiring the applicant to submit to an examination if the applicant held a license that was not canceled or suspended at the time of expiration. Except as provided in section 32-4301, the license period for a license renewed pursuant to this subsection commences the day after the expiration date of the expired license. Except as provided in section 32-2131, subsection A, paragraph 4 or 6, an applicant whose license has been terminated or revoked does not qualify for license renewal.
H. Any employee or immediate family member of any employee of this state who, pursuant to section 32- 2110 or any other law, rule or requirement, is prohibited from using a license issued under this chapter shall have, on the request of the employee or family member, the license placed on inactive status, shall have the right to renew the license and shall not be required to pay further fees until the employee or family member is again eligible to use the license. Renewal fees for the license shall not be required for only as long as the employee or family member is prohibited from using the license.
I. The department shall not renew the license of a person who has been convicted of a felony offense and who is currently incarcerated for the conviction, paroled or under community supervision and under the supervision of a parole or community supervision officer or who is on probation as a result of the conviction. This subsection does not limit the commissioner’s authority and discretion to deny the renewal for any other reason pursuant to this chapter.
J. A real estate broker licensee may renew as a real estate salesperson licensee without having to meet the requirements prescribed by Section 32-2124, Subsection B. If a person renews as a real estate salesperson pursuant to this subsection, the person shall pay the salesperson’s renewal fee as prescribed in Section 32-2132. If the person subsequently wants to obtain a real estate broker license, the person must meet the requirements of this chapter, including the requirements prescribed by Section 32-2124, Subsection C.