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 Colorado Real Estate License Renewal & Ethics Information

IMPORTANT NOTE - CE AUDITS: The CREC Recently issued a notice that continuing education audits were being undertaken. For more information on how to prepare for an audit, please click here.

Colorado Education Requirements for License Renewal:

  • Complete a minimum of 24 hours of Continuing Education during your license cycle.
  • 24 hours must include a minimum of 12 credit hours of Colorado Real Estate Commission (CREC) Annual Update Courses, which is three (3) different CREC Annual Update courses. You may not count the same course more than once, and is no make-up of missed/expired Update courses.
  • The required 24 hours of education must be completed prior to your license renewal date.
  • To either place your license inactive, or to renew inactive for the next term, you do not need to complete any Continuing Education.

Options for CE Delinquency

If you have missed an Annual Update course you have the following options to stay compliant:
  1. You may complete the 24-hour Colorado Broker Transition course (1 time for every licensee) OR
  2. You may complete the 24-hour Brokerage Administration course (1 time for every licensee) OR
  3. You may also complete the VanEd Contracts & Closings CE recovery program OR
  4. Take the state portion of the Real Estate Exam
Course Descriptions:
Colorado Broker Transition This course is accepted once in a lifetime for the full 24 hours of continuing education and meets all the requirements for CE in Colorado, including covering any missed CREC Annual Update courses. It covers contracts and closings as well as other critical aspects of Colorado real estate practice. $225
Brokerage Administration 24-hour course required by Colorado statute to qualify for the Employing Broker level. Requires development for grading of original office policy statements. It is accepted one-time in lieu of full 24-hour continuing education requirement. $225
CE "Recovery" Program Covers Colorado contracts, regulations and closings. Students will be instructed on when to use certain disclosures and the proper use of mandated forms and documentation. Students will also review the closing process and proper accounting of the six column worksheets. Meets all the CE requirements for a Colorado Real Estate Broker's license. $250
Colorado Exam Prep This course is made up of practice exams constructed to help you pass the state specific portion of the Colorado state exam, including prorations, closings and contracts. $59

NEW REQUIREMENT: Affiliated Business Arrangements Disclosure

Licensed Colorado real estate brokers are now required to complete an electronic ABA disclosure. Licensees may use the following link to go directly to the online registration page.

CLICK HERE for the ABA Disclosure online


Beginning July 1, 2005, for all brokers licensed prior to July 1, 2004, the licensee was required to complete a finger-print based Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Criminal History Background check. This was a one-time requirement and will not be needed for subsequent renewals.

For licensees activating an inactive or expired license, you will need to complete the background check as part of your renewal, but only if you have never completed it before. You will need to allow at this point up to 6 weeks for completion of the Criminal Background check (estimate subject to change).


You can view the Commission Documents with instructions on how to obtain your fingerprint card and detailed instructions at the time you make your application.

You can check the status of your submitted fingerprints online by creating an account or logging into your account using the link below.

Click here to check the status of your submitted fingerprint information.

Required for renewals beginning in 2007 - Affidavit of Eligibility form is available online. The new law required government agencies issuing licenses to verify that those receiving a license are living in the country legally. Please note that the Division of Real Estate will include the Affidavit of Eligibility verification for those who renew their license online and no additional paperwork is necessary. You will be asked to submit the ID# of the Secure and Verifiable document you use in support.
E & O Insurance is mandated by Colorado law, and typically has an enrollment period of January 1st through December 31st of each year regardless of license expiration deadlines!

View the Commission Page online regarding Errors & Omissions Insurance - Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance independent carriers for Colorado licensees

You can enroll for the group carrier policy online. Make sure your E & O Insurance enrollment is complete prior to renewing your active license - Group Errors & Omissions (E&O) insurance program for Colorado licensees

Renew your License Online

You may renew online at the real estate commission web site. You will also be able to view the status of your background check and E & O Insurance once you renew.

Click Here for Online Renewal

Please Note: Licensees may renew online beginning 45 days prior to expiration.


For all REALTOR members of NAR, the Quadrennial Ethics training requirement.

NAR has mandated that every member shall complete the minimum ethics training requirement, the first time ending December 31, 2004, and again at least once every 4 years thereafter. CAR has made available a 4-hour Mandatory NAR Ethics course so that members may comply with this requirement. NAR has stated that members who do not complete this requirement will be suspended. The current cycle of Ethics Quadrennial requirements is going on now.

The NAR 4-hour mandatory Ethics course is available online at and does come with 4 hours of CE credit. You may also complete the 6-Hour Ethics and Professional Practices GRI/CE course to fulfill this requirement. Some local boards establish separate requirements, so be sure to check with your board to understand which course you need to take.

Rule B-2. Methods of completing continuing education

"Licensed brokers must satisfy the continuing education requirement before applying to renew an active license, to activate an inactive license or to reinstate an expired license to active status."

Note: Local Boards and Associations can set higher standards than those you see here. Make sure to check with your local Board or Association office to determine any additional coursework you will need to complete.

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