How to get your Real Estate License in Ohio

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

9 Mandatory Hours
21 Elective Hours
30 Total Hours

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

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the Ohio Department of Commerce. We recommend you contact the Ohio Department of Commerce for more detailed information or changes.

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

Ohio Real Estate License: All

Total Hours Required: 30
Mandatory Hours: 9
Elective Hours: 21
Renewal Cycle in Years: 3
Education Cycle in Months: 36
Licensees are required to submit to the Ohio Real Estate Commission proof of completing 30 hours of continuing education every three years due on or before the licensee’s date of birth. 
Nine hours must be dedicated to the following topics:
3 hours in Core Law
3 hours in Ethics
3 hours in Civil Rights

*Effective April 2017 If licensed as a broker, broker on deposit, or acting as a management level licensee, a 3 hour continuing education course on the duties of a principal broker and other issues involved in operating a real estate brokerage is required. (This course will not be required until the licensees next reporting period).

Note: Each licensee who is seventy years of age or older, shall submit proof the licensee has satisfactorily completed a total of nine classroom hours of continuing education, including instruction in Ohio real estate law; federal civil rights law; and canons of ethics.

To renew, licensees must log-in to the Ohio Real Estate Commission licensing system online and follow the prompts:
Beginning Monday, July 17, 2017, total online renewal for Real Estate Brokers and Salespersons will be available.  Click here for Online CE instructions.
Pre-license and post-license education may not be used for continuing education.

It is the responsibility of the licensee to send us copies of the certificates that are issued to them with the Continuing Education Compliance Form to the Division postmarked no later than their birthday the year of their renewal.

No Final Exam Passing Requirement

Online Limitations

There are no limits on the number of CE hours allowed to be taken online.


Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are submitted electronically daily. To ensure that your CE is reported in a timely and error-free manner, your real estate license number MUST be entered in our system in the following format: SALXXXXXX

Licensees are required to submit copies of their continuing education certificates with their renewal in order to receive credit for the courses that they have taken.  The submission of course rosters do not replace this process.

Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: Ohio Department of Commerce
Phone: 6144664100
Fax: 6146440584
Address: Division of Real Estate and Professional Licensing Attn: Distance Education Section Columbus, OH 43215

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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.