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Frequently Asked Questions

Continuing Education

What is Idaho’s Continuing Education requirement?
What is the Commission Core course?
How can I get CE elective hours?
How can I tell if a course will count towards my CE?
How do I check my CE records?
How does education get on my record?
Does Idaho have a post license requirement?
Who must complete the post license requirement?
It’s time to renew my license but I have not completed CE; what are my options?
Do I need to take Continuing Education while my license is on Inactive Status?

Prelicense Courses

What courses do I need to take for a sales associate license?
What courses are required for a broker’s license?
I am licensed in another state. Do I have to take Idaho prelicense courses?
Are any prelicense courses automatically waived for other professions?
How do I locate providers for the required prelicense courses?

Licensing Exams

How do I sign up for a licensing exam?
Where do I take my licensing exam?
How much does the licensing exam cost?
What happens if I fail the licensing exam?
What information should I study prior to taking the exams?
What happens if I forget my waiver at home and the test center gives me the full exam and I fail the National but pass the state portion of the exam?

Certification of Courses, Instructors and Providers

How do I get a course approved for real estate continuing education?
Do I need to be a certified instructor to teach CE courses?
I want to teach a course that’s already certified in another state. Why do I have to also get it certified in Idaho?

Renewing a License

How early can I renew my license?
Can I still renew my license if it expires?
Can I still renew my license if it has terminated?

E & O Insurance

Do I need Errors & Omissions insurance while my license is on Inactive Status?
I have insurance with RISC; can I get a refund of my E&O premium when my license is placed Inactive?
Is there a grace period if I renew my E&O insurance late?
Do I pay IREC for my E&O insurance?
Do I have to have Errors & Omissions insurance in effect before I submit a license application?

Getting a License

How long does it take to get licensed, once I submit my application?
I have had a professional license revoked; can I apply for a Real Estate License?
I have a felony; can I apply for a Real Estate license?
I have a misdemeanor; can I apply for a Real Estate license?

Fingerprints

Do my fingerprints have to be approved before I can submit a license application?
Where do I go to have my fingerprints processed?
How can I find out if my fingerprints have cleared?
May I get my fingerprint results over the phone?

Business Entities

I am a salesperson and I own an LLC; can I license it?
I am a Designated Broker (DB) with a Sole Proprietorship.  How many businesses can I be the DB for?
I am a Designated Broker (DB) with a Business entity; can I be the DB for more than one company?
I am a Designated Broker (DB) and want to become a DB for an additional licensed company?
Could I license two DBA’s with the same entity?
My company is registered in another state, so why must I register my company in Idaho?
If I have a licensed branch office, can I use a different name for the branch office?
If I have unlicensed offices, can they use a slightly different name than the main office?
If I relocate my business, how much time do I have to update the address?

Making Changes

How do I change my contact or personal address information?
I am the Designated Broker (DB); how do I update my company’s address?
How do I close my real estate company; what paperwork do I submit?
How do I put my Salesperson or Associate Broker license on Inactive Status?
I am a Designated Broker; how do I go on Inactive Status?
How long can I leave my license on Inactive Status?
How do I reactivate my license?
I am a Designated Broker and want to let a salesperson go.  How do I terminate the relationship with this salesperson?
I am a Designated Broker and want to add a salesperson to my company; how do I do that?
How do I find out if an agent has left my office?
How long can the Designated Broker (DB) be away from the office without having someone fill in as DB for him him/her?

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What is Idaho’s Continuing Education requirement?
Active Renewals: Two (2) Idaho core courses plus 12 elective hours.
Inactive Renewals: No CE is required to renew on inactive status.
Reactivation: If within the same renewal period, no CE requirement. Otherwise, same as for an active renewal (two Idaho core courses plus 12 elective hours).

NOTE: This requirement does not reflect the first initial licensing period requirements

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What is the Commission Core course?
The Core course is a course developed by IREC each year effective July 1st covering changes in the law and other “hot topics” identified by the Commission. Licensees are required to take two Idaho core courses every renewal period. “Cracking the Code” is NOT the core course.

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How can I get CE elective hours?
Take one of Idaho’s many certified courses from your favorite provider
Attend a Commission meeting (a maximum of 4 hours of CE will be granted once per renewal period for attending an entire regularly-scheduled Commission meeting)
Take a broker prelicense course, or post license course.
Take courses to earn a profession designation (must submit on a Licensee Request for CE Credit form at least 60 days prior to license expiration date).
Attend certain courses for attorney, appraiser, accountant, or other professional license renewal (must submit on a Licensee Request for CE Credit form at least 60 days prior to license expiration date).

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How can I tell if a course will count towards my CE?
For courses offered by a certified Idaho provider, look for the IREC course approval number on course advertising. Check the IREC website Education Lookup for a current list of certified courses. See the list of professional designation courses that count toward your CE. When in doubt, contact the IREC Education & Licensing Department! If you receive advertising for a course that purports to award Idaho real estate CE credit, and the course is not on IREC’s list of certified courses, there is a good chance the course will NOT count for your CE. The Commission has had problems with individuals who falsely advertise real estate CE credit. We would appreciate your forwarding any misleading or questionable advertising to the Education Department.

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How do I check my CE records?
You can check your CE by logging in to the IREC online services. A broker can also look up CE records online for agents in his or her office.

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How does education get on my record?
Idaho certified course providers are required to post completed education to students/licensees’ records within 5 business days of the course completion. If you take a course in another state, a professional designation course, or a course offered in satisfaction of another profession’s CE requirements, you can submit the course outline and your course completion certification to IREC for consideration of CE credit. Click here to download the Licensee Request for CE Credit Form.

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Does Idaho have a post license requirement?
Yes. The education requirement for initial renewal is 12 hours of prescribed post license courses (8 hours Post License Fundamentals and a 4 hour Post License module of choice). This post license requirement applies to any salesperson who has not yet renewed the license one time on active status.

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Who must complete the post license requirement?
-Salespersons in first initial license period.
-Salespersons activating license for very first time after initial licensing period.

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It’s time to renew my license but I have not completed CE; what are my options?
(1) You can have your broker inactivate your license and then you may renew your license online.
(2) You can renew your license online and choose inactive status. 

The inactivation is effective the moment your broker removes you from the company or the moment you complete the renewal, not the effective date of the renewal.   Once you have completed your CE, your broker can reactivate your license online by adding you back to their company.

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Do I need to take Continuing Education while my license is on Inactive Status?
While your license is inactive, you do not have to meet the Continuing Education requirements.

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What courses do I need to take for a sales associate license?
90 hours of prelicense education is required for a new sales associate license, which must be taken within three (3) years preceding the application date. The prelicense coursework is divided into two 45-hour sections (Modules 1 and 2) and is offered by course providers throughout the state. These courses are presently not available online.

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What courses are required for a broker’s license?
New broker license applicants must complete a minimum of 90 hours of prelicense education within three (3) years, including the mandatory Brokerage Management and Real Estate Law courses, plus two broker electives. Current elective options include: Valuation & Analysis, Finance, Idaho GRI 101/102 (counts as one), Idaho GRI 201/202 (counts as one), and the CCIM designation courses CI 101, CI 102, CI 103, and CI 104.
Other courses, such as out-of-state GRI courses, may be accepted through special consideration of the Education Council. Broker prelicense courses must be a minimum of 20 hours, include a final course exam, and be actually completed (not credited by “challenging” the final course exams).
All applicants, even those currently licensed as a broker in another state, who wish to be licensed as a “Designated Broker” in Idaho must also complete a Business Conduct and Office Operations (BCOO) course (available online and also currently included as part of Brokerage Management).

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I am licensed in another state. Do I have to take Idaho prelicense courses?
If you are actively licensed in another state, you are not required to take Idaho’s prelicense courses for the same type of license you currently hold.

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Are any prelicense courses automatically waived for other professions?
Yes. Valuation & Analysis will be waived for currently licensed appraisers. Real Estate Finance will be waived for applicants with an accounting degree who are currently working in an accounting-related profession. Actively practicing attorneys may have Real Estate Law waived for a broker’s license, and for a sales associate license, Module 1 will be waived.

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How do I locate providers for the required pre licensing courses?
Select the Education Lookup link. 

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How do I sign up for a licensing exam?
Contact our testing provider, Pearson VUE, at www.pearsonvue.com to schedule a date and time.

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Where do I take my licensing exam?
Pearson VUE has testing locations throughout the United States. There are 3 testing sites in Idaho: Boise, Coeur d’Alene and Pocatello. If you are outside Idaho, contact Pearson VUE to find a testing center in your area.

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How much does the licensing exam cost?
The cost is $85 for one or both parts (state and national) of the licensing exam.

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What happens if I fail the licensing exam?
You may retake one or both portions of the licensing exam as many times as you like by registering with Pearson VUE and paying the exam fee. If you fail one part but pass the other part, you have one year from the date you passed the first part to retake and pass the second part. Otherwise, you will have to retake both portions.

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What information should I study prior to taking the exams?
If you are only taking the state portion of the exam, there are two books we recommend you study; Idaho License Laws & Rules and Idaho Real Estate Handbook.  This applies to both brokers and salespersons.  For brokers only, we also recommend you take the Business Conduct and Office Operations (BCOO) course before you take your exam. 
If you are taking the full exam (both STATE and NATIONAL) we recommend the following: Idaho Real Estate Handbook, Idaho License Law and Rules, and either Modern Real Estate Practice or Mastering Real Estate Principles, Module 1 & 2 outlines (salespersons), and BCOO course materials (brokers). See the Approved Textbook list for more information.

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What happens if I forget my waiver at home and the test center gives me the full exam and I fail the National but pass the state portion of the exam?
If your waiver is not on file when you go to take the exam, you will be required to pass both portions of the exam.  If you fail the National portion, your waiver is null and void.  In addition, Pearson VUE will report your score as a “fail”, and we cannot issue you a license.  The Commission also cannot issue retroactive waivers if you get a failing score on the national exam and ask for a waiver afterwards.

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How do I get a course approved for real estate continuing education?
Pursuant to Idaho license law, all course content must be certified in order for the course to be credited toward continuing education requirements in Idaho. (There are exceptions for certain professional designation courses and courses offered for other professional licenses.) Complete the Course Certification Application and submit it to the Commission at least two months prior to the first scheduled course offering. Continuing education courses, once certified, must be offered through a certified Idaho real estate provider.

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Do I need to be a certified instructor to teach CE elective courses?
No. However, CE elective courses must be taught through a certified Idaho real estate provider. It is the provider’s responsibility to make sure that instructors are qualified to teach the courses offered. Certification is required to teach the Idaho core and post license courses.

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I want to teach a course that’s already certified in another state. Why do I have to also get it certified in Idaho?
The Commission does not have any reciprocity agreements with other states for course certification. Different states accept different courses and have varying certification requirements. The license law requires Idaho certification to ensure courses offered for real estate CE meet Idaho requirements and fit within the approved topic areas established by the Commission.

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How early can I renew my license?
A license may be renewed up to 90 days prior to the expiration date.   Make sure you have completed all your continuing education prior to completing an early renewal.

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Can I still renew my license if it expires?
If you do not renew your license on time, whether active or inactive, it will expire.  Renewals must be received by 5:00 p.m. MST (MDT).  You may still renew your license after it expires by paying the renewal fee along with the late renewal fee of $25 plus a civil penalty fine if you conducted real estate business on an expired license.  Please note:  You can only renew an expired license on inactive status.  If you want your license reactivated after you renew, your broker must make that change online.  You have one year to renew an expired license before it terminates.

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Can I still renew my license if it has terminated?
If your license terminates, you cannot renew it.  You must start over as a new applicant.  Depending on when your prelicense education was taken, you might have to retake all or part of your prelicense classes.  Prelicense education is valid for  3 years. You must also be fingerprinted, retake the licensing exams, and submit a new license application and fees.

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Do I need Errors & Omissions insurance while my license is on Inactive Status?
No.  However, you may be interested in purchasing “tail” coverage for claims that might arise from the time you were on active status; contact RISC at www.risceo.com for more information on “tail” coverage. 

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I have insurance with RISC; can I get a refund of my E&O premium when my license is placed Inactive?
No, all premiums are considered earned once the coverage period begins.

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Is there a grace period if I renew my E&O insurance late?
No. Even if you renew one day late, you will be subject to a fine.   You could also lose your retroactive date for prior claims if you have a gap in your coverage.

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Do I pay IREC for my E&O insurance?
No.  IREC does not accept payments for any E&O coverage

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Do I have to have  Errors & Omissions insurance in effect before I submit a license application?
No. E&O must be in effect prior to the broker activating the license.  If applying as an active broker with a company application, you must have E&O in effect for both the company & individual license prior to submitting the license applications. Sole Proprietorship applications do not require separate E&O. 

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How long does it take to get licensed, once I submit my application?
Please allow 10 business days for processing of your application.  Applications will not be pre-dated or post-dated.  Do not ask staff to prioritize or “rush” your application.  All applications will be processed in the order they are received – NO EXCEPTIONS.  There is no guarantee your application will be processed on the same business day it is received.

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I have had a professional license revoked; can I apply for a Real Estate License?
Depends on why your license was revoked.    If you have had a real estate or other professional or occupational license revoked for a disciplinary violation involving fraud, misrepresentation or dishonest or dishonorable dealing, in Idaho or any other jurisdiction you will need to complete an exemption review. After a period of five (5) years from the date the license was revoked, the applicant may make a written request to the Commission for an exemption review to determine the applicant’s suitability for licensure, which the Commission shall determine in accordance with the following:
(i)         The exemption review shall consist of a review of any documents relating to the disciplinary action that resulted in the license revocation and any supplemental information provided by the applicant bearing upon his suitability for licensure. The Commission may, at its discretion, grant an interview of the applicant.
(ii)         During the review, the Commission shall consider the following factors and evidence:
The severity or nature of the disciplinary violation for which the applicant’s license was revoked;
The period of time that has passed since the disciplinary violation occurred;
The existence, number and pattern of any other misconduct for which the applicant has been disciplined;
The circumstances surrounding the disciplinary violation that would help the Commission determine the risk of repetition;
The relationship of the disciplinary violation to the licensed practice of real estate; And
The applicant’s activities since the disciplinary violation under review, such as employment, education, participation in treatment, payment of restitution or any other factors that may be evidence of current rehabilitation.
(iii)       The applicant shall bear the burden of establishing his current suitability for licensure.

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I have a felony; can I apply for a Real Estate license?
Idaho Code 54-2012 states the applicant cannot have been convicted of any felony in a state or federal court.   After a period of five (5) years from the date the person was convicted or completed any term of probation, sentence or confinement  or period of parole, whichever is later, the applicant may make written request to the  Commission for an exemption review to determine the  applicant's suitability for licensure, which the Commission shall determine in accordance with the following:
(i)         The exemption review shall consist of a review of any documents relating to the felony and any supplemental information provided by the applicant bearing upon his suitability for licensure. The Commission may, at its discretion, grant an interview of the applicant.
(ii)        During the review, the Commission shall consider the following factors or evidence:
The severity or nature of the felony;
The period of time that has passed since the felony under review;
The number or pattern of felonies or other similar incidents;
The circumstances surrounding the crime that would help determine the risk of repetition;
The relationship of the crime to the licensed practice of real estate; and
The applicant’s activities since the disciplinary violation under review, such as employment, education, participation in treatment, payment of restitution or any other factors that may be evidence of current rehabilitation.
(iii)       The applicant shall bear the burden of establishing his current suitability for licensure.

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I have a misdemeanor; can I apply for a Real Estate license?
Idaho Code 54-2012 states that the applicant cannot have been convicted or completed any sentence of confinement for or on account of any misdemeanor involving fraud, misrepresentation or dishonest or dishonorable dealing, in a state or federal court, within five (5) years immediately prior to the date the application for license is submitted to the Commission.

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Do my fingerprints have to be approved before I can submit a license application?
Yes, you must receive fingerprint clearance before submitting your application.

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Where do I go to have my fingerprints processed?
IREC uses electronic fingerprinting.  Read the fingerprint instructions and make an appointment through Pearson VUE.  If you cannot print at a test center, please contact IREC and we will send you a fingerprint packet.  

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How can I find out if my fingerprints have cleared?
You must log in to your account record through the online services at irec.idaho.gov to find that information. 

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May I get my fingerprint results over the phone?
No, fingerprint results will not be given over the phone.  You must log in to your account record through the online services at irec.idaho.gov to find that information. 

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I am a salesperson and I own an LLC; can I license it?
Yes, if all the following conditions have been met.
A Designated Broker must be appointed to operate the company.
The Designated Broker must be a member/manager of the company.
If the Designated Broker already has another company, it too must be a business entity.
If this is a second company, both company business addresses must be at the same location.

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I am a Designated Broker (DB) with a Sole Proprietorship.  How many businesses can I be the DB for?
Just the one sole proprietorship as the main office.  You could have branch offices licensed or unlicensed, as long as they use the same name as the main office.

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I am a Designated Broker (DB) with a Business entity; can I be the DB for more than one company?
Yes, if all the entities maintain their records at the same business address.  The DB must be appointed as the DB of the company and be either a member, manager, officer, or a partner, depending on the type of company and have full authority to act on behalf of the company.  Each entity must hold its own Trust records and accounts separately.

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I am a Designated Broker (DB) and want to become a DB for an additional licensed company?
If your current company is a business entity, complete a Notice of Change form, submit a list of all officers/members/managers/partners for the second company, and written evidence you have been appointed by the entity to be the DB.  The outgoing DB must sign the form since they are still the DB.
If your current company is a Sole Proprietorship, then you cannot be the DB of another company unless you have terminated the Sole Proprietorship.

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Could I license two DBA’s with the same entity?
No.

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My company is registered in another state, so why must I register my company in Idaho?
If you are planning to conduct business in Idaho, your entity must be authorized to do business in Idaho with the Secretary of State before the Commission can issue a license for the company.

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If I have a licensed branch office, can I use a different name for the branch office?
No, a licensed branch office must use the same business name as the main office.

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If I have unlicensed offices, can they use a slightly different name than the main office?
No, the unlicensed offices must use the same business name as the main office. 

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If I relocate my business, how much time do I have to update the address?
The law states you must notify the Commission of the new address before you move your office.

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How do I change my contact or personal address information?
Log in to your record through the online services at irec.idaho.gov.  Your contact information will come up, and you can type in the correct information, then click “submit”.

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I am the Designated Broker (DB); how do I update my company’s address?
Log into your record through the online services at irec.idaho.gov and go to “My Company” to change the business address.

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How do I close my real estate company; what paperwork do I submit?
Log in to your account and click “Manage My Company” tab. Next click on the company you wish to terminate. Click on the “Terminate” tab.  You must provide the location of the company’s records.  Records must be retained for a period of 3 years following the year in which each transaction was closed.

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How do I put my Salesperson or Associate Broker license on Inactive Status?
Your broker must “remove” you from the company through the online services at irec.idaho.gov.  Removing you from the company will inactivate your license.

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I am a Designated Broker; how do I go on Inactive Status?
Log in to your account through IREC online services, click “Manage My Company” tab. Next click the “Remove Associate” tab and remove yourself or terminate the company. To change DBs a Notice of Broker Change form must be submitted.

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How long can I leave my license on Inactive Status?
Your license can be inactive indefinitely; however, you need to renew your license and pay the renewal fee every two years, or else your license will expire.

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How do I reactivate my license?
Your broker must go online and “add” you to the company to reactivate your license.  Make sure that you have met the current CE requirements and have E&O insurance in place before being added to a company.

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I am a Designated Broker and want to let a salesperson go.  How do I terminate the relationship with this salesperson?
Log into the online services and select the “Manage My Company” tab.  Next, click “Remove Associate”.   Your list of agents will appear.  Select the individual you wish to remove and click “OK”.  Refresh your list of associates to make sure the agent was properly removed from the company.   You must also notify your agent in writing within 3 days of the removal.  If you are removing an agent for cause, you are required to notify the Commission in writing within 20 days.

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I am a Designated Broker and want to add a salesperson to my company; how do I do that?
Log into the online services and select the “Manage My Company” tab.  Next, click “Add Associate”.  Enter the license number and confirm the licensee you want to add.  You must acknowledge that the licensee is in compliance with the CE and E&O requirements (we also suggest verifying that with the licensee before you add him/her to your company).  Lastly, confirm the addition of the agent.   Refresh your list of associates to make sure the agent was properly added to the company.

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How do I find out if an agent has left my office?
If you have a business e-mail address listed in our system, you will receive an e-mail anytime someone leaves your company or renews his/her license to an inactive status.  If you do not have an e-mail address on file with the Commission, you can verify this information using the License Lookup or by logging in to the online services.

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How long can the Designated Broker (DB) be away from the office without having someone fill in as DB for him him/her?
The DB or Branch Manager can be absent up to 21 days without someone assigned to monitor the office.  Between 21 and 60 days the DB must appoint an Associate Broker from his/her office or a DB from another office to manage the office in his/her absence and must provide notification of the appointment to the Commission.  After 60 days of DB absence, the company must either appoint a new DB or shut down the company.

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