IDFPR Resources

The mission of the Bureau of Real Estate Professions is to administer and enforce the Illinois Real Estate License Act of 2000, the Real Estate Timeshare Act, the Land Sales Registration Act, the Real Estate Appraiser Licensing Act of 2002, Provisions and Rules of the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice, the Auction License Act, and the Home Inspector License Act. The Bureau has responsibility for the licensing and regulation of real estate brokers, managing brokers, leasing agents, real estate firms, real estate appraisers, auctioneers, auction firms, home inspectors, and home inspector entities. Real estate schools, instructors, and courses, and appraisal, auction, and home inspector schools and courses are also regulated by the Bureau.

Illinois Department of Financial & Professional Regulation Real Estate Bureau Website

We’ve compiled a handy database of commonly-asked questions about IDFPR. Still have an unanswered question? Give us a call!

To renew your license, you must:

  • Complete your CE credits by your required renewal date.
  • Accurately complete the Renewal Application online with IDFPR.

Have you signed up for emailed renewal notifications from IDFPR?

Review and update your contact information here. Then, watch for an email from “” with the subject line “Real Estate Renewal Notice.”

Unsure which classes you’ve completed for your renewal period?

Visit the CE lookup. NOTE: It can take up to 45-60 days for your classes to appear!

Need to look up the issue date of your license?

You can do so here. This is the only place you can look this up online.

What are the state’s most recent license law changes affecting you?

The state’s license law changed as of October 2019. These are all the changes. How do these license law changes affect your CE requirements? Here’s a breakdown.

The state’s license law also changed as of January 2020. These are all the changes.

What are my license renewal requirements?

Need to renew your license? It’s that time of year!

What happens if you don’t renew your license?

Licensees who have failed to renew properly will be terminated from CAR membership and will lose MLS access and all association membership services and benefits, including rights to use or display the term REALTOR® and respective REALTOR® Designations in any manner.

In addition, all licensees found to have continued to practice real estate in Illinois without properly renewing may also be subject to IDFPR sanctions.

What are the qualifications and requirements needed to get a real estate license in Illinois?

See a visual demonstration of the process.

Need to look up your license number?

You can look it up here.

Need to obtain a hard copy of your license?

You can get a printable copy here.

Need to change your name?

Fill out the Change of Name Request Form.

Need to contact IDFPR directly?

IDFPR’s help desk phone number is 1(800) 560-6420. Or, look up their additional contact information.

Applying for a real estate license?

Here is the online application portal.

IDFPR Online Portal Resources

Licensee Instructions

Designated Managing Broker Instructions