An Active License is required to engage in real estate brokerage services. Sales associates achieve active status by finding an employer and registering with the DBPR under the employing broker or owner-developer. Licensees who choose not to engage in the real estate business may place their licenses on inactive status. There are two types of inactive status: (1) voluntary inactive and (2) involuntary inactive.
Voluntary Inactive – A licensee who has qualified for a real estate license but who voluntarily chooses not to engage in the real estate business during a given period and requests such a change is placed on voluntary inactive status. A licensee may change an active license to a voluntary inactive license status by submitting to the DBPR the proper form. Such licensees hold a current inactive license.
Involuntary Inactive – If a licensee fails to renew an active or voluntary inactive license before the expiration date (other than the first renewal), the license reverts automatically to involuntary inactive status. The licensee must complete continuing education and renew the license to either active or voluntary inactive status within the next two years. A license is placed in involuntary inactive status for no more than two years. After two years, the license automatically expires (becomes null and void) by operation of law without further FREC or DBPR action.