When does the extension on license renewals end?
Jul 21, 2020
By Peg Ritenour, Ohio REALTORS Vice President of Legal Services
In response to Governor Mike DeWine’s March 9 Executive Order declaring a health emergency, the Ohio legislature passed legislation this spring extending the deadlines for the renewal of a variety of Ohio licenses, including real estate licenses. This extension only applies to license renewals that were due on or after March 9, the day the Governor signed the emergency order.
Under HB 197, the deadline to renew such licenses was extended until 90 days after the date the Governor’s emergency ends, or Dec. 1, 2020, whichever occurs first. Recently, several REALTORS have been inquiring about when the extension will be up and their license renewal and continuing education will be due. The answer is that it is likely to be Dec. 1.
For the deadline to be any sooner than Dec. 1, Gov. DeWine would have to rescind the Executive Order declaring the health emergency to be over prior to Sept. 1. Given the recent rise in COVID-19 cases, it is doubtful that will happen. Assuming it does not, then under HB 197 the new deadline for the renewal of any licensees that was due on or after March 9 will be Dec. 1. Of course there is the remote possibility that the legislature could again pass emergency legislation extending that Dec. 1 date, but at this time it is not possible to predict if that will happen.
So the bottom line is that if your c.e. and license renewal date was on or after March 9, you should probably assume your new renewal date will be Dec. 1. If you have not completed your c.e., it is recommended that you take advantage of the many approved on-line courses and webinars offered by your local board and Ohio REALTORS. Also, while we’re still finalizing details…a minimum of 16.5 hours of continuing education will be available during the Ohio REALTORS upcoming Virtual Convention! Watch for details soon.
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