Important Changes for Real Estate Licensees

Two changes to Ohio license law will go into effect Nov. 1, 2019 affecting both real estate licensees and those seeking a license .
Fee Increases
Licensees will see a minor increase in certain fees, including license renewal fees. The amendments were contained in the State’s biennial budget bill, H.B. 166. These updated fees can be accessed here.

For licensees with renewals due Nov. 1 – Dec. 31, 2019, the following options are available:

If renewing by mail : You may remit the CURRENT fee (Salesperson $135/Broker $180) with your renewal if you postmark your renewal by October 31. Renewals post-marked on or after November 1 will need to include the new fee (Salesperson $182/Broker $243).

If renewing online : Due to system limitations, the eLicense Center will require licensees to pay the NEW fee (Salesperson $182/Broker $243), regardless of when the renewal is submitted. If you submit your online renewal by October 31, a credit will be made to your file for the difference between the new fee and the “old” fee.
Background Checks for New Applicants
Additionally, criminal history checks will be required for all applicants for a new real estate license, including sales licensees seeking a broker license and reciprocity applicants, starting Nov. 1. Instructions for submitting fingerprints for a new license will be posted on the Division's website in the coming weeks.

As always, licensees may call 614-466-4100 or email the Division with any questions.