How to Reactivate an Inactive Mass Real Estate License

This post discusses how to reactivate an inactive Massachusetts real estate license that is currently listed as “inactive” with the Massachusetts Division of Professional Licensure (DPL). You can check the status of your real estate license by clicking here.

What is an inactive real estate license?

Reactivating a real estate license is easy and more common than you might expect. First, let’s define what it means to have an inactive real estate license. Every two years real estate agents are required to complete 12 credit-hours of continuing ed. Upon completing this continuing ed requirement, agents fill out a simple renewal form and submit it to the state certifying that they completed the course (under penalties of perjury), expressing their intent to renew their license.

If a real estate Agent does not complete the required continuing ed or does not want to renew their license, they can submit the renewal form back to the DPL and check the box “renewing as inactive”. Renewing as inactive keeps your license in tact but also means that you cannot transact business as a real estate agent until you change the status back to active.

How to reactivate a Mass real estate license

To reactivate a Mass real estate license, agents are required to complete the same 12-credit required continuing ed course and to submit a license renewal/reactivation form with the current renewal fee to the Board. It is that simple.

Next steps and get started

If you have questions about the process or where to access the renewal/reactivation form, give the Division of Professional Licensure a call directly at 617-727-2373. If you are looking to renew or reactivate your Massachusetts real estate license, our board approved real estate ce course is available online 24/7 at