Written by Kacie Goff
While the West Virginia Real Estate Commission has definitely made some strides to embrace online opportunity, their website could be better. Specifically, it would be great if they had a single webpage where real estate licensees could learn everything they need to know about renewing.
Unfortunately, that resource doesn’t exist — at least on the Commission’s website. But we can help there. With this guide, you’ll learn all of the ins and outs of renewing a salesperson, broker, or associate broker real estate license in West Virginia. Here are all of your annual to-dos to keep your license active.
Renewing on time starts by knowing when, exactly, that time is.
All WV real estate licensees have to renew by June 30 every year. That doesn’t mean that you should wait until the tail end of June, though.
You’ll need to get your continuing education (CE) done before you can renew, and that requires a decent chunk of time. To make sure you don’t miss the deadline, you might want to put a reminder on your calendar in May or early June.
Speaking of that CE, most real estate licensees in West Virginia need it. Unless you got your license in or before 1969, you have your license on inactive status, or you meet other exemption requirements, you need to complete seven hours of CE during each renewal window.
Note that in order for the hours to count, they need to specifically come from a Commission-approved CE provider.
The good news is that the Commission has given the green light to some CE providers who offer their courses online and on-demand. That means you have the option to take your West Virginia real estate CE online from your home or office computer, or even your tablet or smartphone. And you can chip away at the seven hours you need as you find the time, whether that’s between meetings or at night at home.
On May 1 of each year, the Commission opens the online renewal portal. Click on the appropriate button to renew your broker, associate broker, or salesperson license. You’ll need your license number and the last four digits of your social security number to start the process.
Pay the renewal fee
Assuming you get your renewal submitted by the June 30 deadline, the fee to renew is:
You can pay it online as you’re submitting your renewal. Have a Visa, Mastercard, Discover, or American Express handy.
You’ll get a confirmation once you pay your renewal fee and submit your renewal. If you accidentally delete your license renewal email, you can request a new one here.
Or if you already renewed and need to access your license certificate, go back to the licensing portal page and scroll to the bottom. Put in your order request number and click “Search.”
Remember, you might want to start your CE in May or early June to give yourself plenty of time to knock it out before the June 30 deadline. Then, make sure you submit your online renewal and pay your fee before June ends each year.