Reinstatement of Revoked Licenses in California

The real estate sector in California is regulated by strict rules and policies that seek to protect both professionals in the sector and consumers. One of the most important aspects of these regulations is the process of obtaining and reinstating licenses for brokers and salespersons.

Revoked License Cases

In some cases, a real estate professional may face revocation of their license due to a variety of reasons, ranging from misconduct to failure to comply with certain regulatory requirements. Once the license has been revoked, the licensee cannot continue to legally perform his or her duties in the state of California.

The Road to Reinstatement

Let's take Wally's case as an example. Wally had his license revoked six months ago and wants to continue practicing in real estate. Given this situation, what options does Wally have?

In accordance with the regulations established by the Business and Professions Code (BPC 10100.2; GC 11522), Wally may file a petition with the Department of Real Estate (DRE) to request reinstatement of his license rights. However, there are some key points What Wally should keep in mind:

  1. Waiting period: Wally may submit his petition to the DRE for reinstatement of his license after a period of time has elapsed. minimum of one year from the date of revocation.
  2. Without Appeal: Once the DRE makes a decision, there is no recourse by appealing to a court.
  3. Temporary License: The DRE will not issue a temporary license to a person whose license has been revoked. Therefore, this is not a viable option for Wally.


For real estate professionals in California, understanding the implications and process of reinstating licenses is crucial. Although facing license revocation can be a tough blow, there is a regulatory path to recover license fees and return to business. However, it is essential to follow proper procedures and wait the required time to ensure full compliance with state laws and regulations.

Legal and Tax Disclaimer

Please be advised that the content presented in this blog is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal or tax advice. The articles and information provided here are written from the perspective of a real estate agent affiliated with Keller Williams, and do not represent legal or tax counsel.

As the author, I am a licensed real estate professional under Keller Williams, holding Brokerage DRE License Number: #02197031. However, it is important to note that my expertise is in the field of real estate, and not in legal or tax matters. The insights and opinions shared on this blog are based on my experiences and knowledge in the real estate industry and should be treated as general guidance rather than definitive legal or tax advice.

For specific legal or tax concerns relating to any real estate transactions or investments, readers are strongly encouraged to consult with a qualified attorney or tax advisor who can provide tailored advice based on your individual circumstances and the latest legal and regulatory requirements.

The information on this blog is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind, and I, along with Keller Williams and its affiliates, disclaim all liability for any loss, damage, or misunderstanding arising from reliance on the information contained herein.

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