Suspend or revive your licence
You can choose to suspend your licence at any time. You must not carry out any real estate agency work while your licence is suspended, and you cannot suspend a licence retrospectively. To revive your licence early, please complete our form below.
Suspending your licence
If you're not doing real estate agency work you can choose to voluntarily suspend your licence.
There is no limit on the length of time you can suspend your salesperson’s licence however, you can only suspend an agents or branch manager's licence for up to 7 years. If you hold an agent or branch manager's licence, you must have done 3 years' real estate agency work in the last 10 years to be eligible to renew your licence. Please take this into account when considering the length of time you wish to suspend your licence for.
If you choose to suspend your licence you'll have to pay a suspension fee — you can pay by credit card or bank transfer.
COVID-19 — how to suspend your licence for no fee
For information about suspending your licence for no fee before 30 June 2020, click here.
How to suspend your licence
To voluntarily suspend your licence, you'll need to:
- log in to the licensee portal
- select ‘Suspend licence’ from the green navigation ribbon on the homepage and complete the details
- pay a suspension fee.
We will send you a confirmation email on the date you have chosen to voluntarily suspend your licence to confirm that your licence has been suspended.
If you're unable to suspend your licence using the licensee portal, please contact us.
Read our fees information here.
Annual suspension fee
You can pay your annual suspension fee online using the licensee portal.
When you have logged in, select ‘Suspend licence’ from the green navigation ribbon on the homepage. Select ‘Pay annual suspension fee’.
If you don't pay the annual fee, your licence will be cancelled. You will not be able to reapply for a licence for a minimum of 5 years.
If you're not able to pay your annual fee online using the licensee portal, please contact us.
You pay an annual fee to keep your licence on hold (suspend your licence).
Read our fees information here.
Extending your suspension
You can extend your voluntary licence suspension online using the licensee portal and your RealMe login.
You need to submit the suspension extension application before your current suspension ends. You can check your suspension end date on the licence details page in the licensee portal.
You can extend your suspension for 12 months at a time. When you have logged in, select ‘Suspend licence’ from the green navigation ribbon on the licensee portal homepage. Select 'Extend your suspension'. You need to pay a suspension fee when you extend your suspension.
If you don't extend your suspension, your licence will revive and become active again.
If you're not able to extend your suspension online using the licensee portal or if you need help, please contact us.
Your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements
If your licence is suspended for less than 12 months
You will be required to complete your CPD as if you had been working.
You will need to make sure you complete the CPD requirements for both the calendar year in which you suspended your licence and the year in which you revive your licence – if they are different years.
If your licence is suspended for more than 12 months
You will not need to complete CPD while your licence is suspended.
However, you will need to complete CPD in the calendar year when you revive your licence. You will also need to complete a verifiable refresher course within 3 months of the date your licence is revived. This refresher training needs to be completed through an approved provider and is set by REA.
Read more about your continuing professional development (CPD) requirements here.
Revive your licence
Revive your licence automatically
Your licence will revive automatically the day after your suspension end date. We will confirm the revival of your licence as soon as possible.
Revive your licence early
You can revive your licence early by completing a Notice of revival of voluntarily suspended licence form and sending it to us.
Invoices and documents
You can find copies of your invoices, evidence of licence, and other licensing documents when you log in to the licensee portal.
When you have logged in, click ‘Documents’ in the top bar, located under the green ribbon. If you are in a different section of the portal, you will first need to click ‘Update details’ then select ‘Documents’ in the sub-heading.
Please note that your invoice will be generated within 24 hours of completing a licensing application.
If you’re looking for documents for a company, click ‘Update Agencies’, select the applicable company, then click ‘Documents’.