How to get your Real Estate License in Iowa

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get Iowa Real Estate License? McKissock Learning taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in Iowa, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the Iowa real estate license requirements.

12 Mandatory Hours
24 Elective Hours
36 Total Hours

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in Iowa

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the Iowa Real Estate Commission. We recommend you contact the Iowa Real Estate Commission for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

Iowa Real Estate License: All

Total Hours Required: 36
Mandatory Hours: 12
Elective Hours: 24
Renewal Cycle in Years: 3
License Expiration Date: 12/31/2021
Education Cycle in Months: 36
Next Education Due Date: 12/31/2021
Continuing Education and Renewal Date: December 31st every 3 years.

•16.4(1) All individual real estate licenses are issued for three-year terms, counting the remaining portion of the year of issue as a full year. All individual licenses expire on December 31 of the third year of the license term.

Hours Required by Iowa Real Estate Commission: 36 hours

•12 mandatory hours
    o8-hour Law Update
    o4-hour Ethics
•24 elective hours

Duplicate Courses: Per 193E—16.4(3) During each three-year renewal period a course may be taken for credit only once. A course may be repeated for credit only if the course numbers and instructors are different.

Expiration Date of Course:
Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.

Final Exam: In accordance with 193E—17.10(4), a passing score of 80 percent is required for course credit to be granted. There is no limit to the number of times a final examination may be taken to achieve a passing score.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard. 

Due to COVID-19; The requirement that only 24 CE hours can be taken via distance education is temporarily suspended for all licenses set to expire on December 31, 2020 and December 31, 2021. All 36 CE hours may be completed via distance education.


Per 193E—16.4(4), A maximum of 24 hours of continuing education may be taken by distance learning each three-year renewal period.

Governing Agency

Name: Iowa Real Estate Commission
Phone: 5152817393
Fax: 5152817411
Address: 200 East Grand Ave. Ste 350 Des Moines, IA 50309

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.