If your license has been lapsed less than 3 years (expired October 31, 2015), you can apply for relicensure if you have 6 hours of con ed for year year you had a license, plus 6 hours for each you missed in the current 3-year cycle. This is the ONLY option available to you if your license lapsed less than 3 years ago.
If your license lapsed more than 3 years ago, you have some other options:
1) Successfully complete 6 hours of con ed for each year you held a license, plus 6 hours for each year missed in the current 3-year license cycle (which is the option above) OR
2) Successfully complete an approved 40-hour prelicensure course for salesperson relicensure or a 90 total hour prelicensure course for broker relicensure. Please note that those courses cannot be completed more than 12 months before your relicensure application OR
3) Successfully complete/pass the State real estate exam
Until recently, the continuing education provider reported your course completions and those completions were registered with the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA). However, since January 1, 2015, individuals are required to save their own certificates of completion, and as a result, relicensure applications now require you to provide proof of course completion. For that reason, you should select a continuing education provider that saves your course completions for you – or will provide proof of course completion should you lose yours. Some providers who provide this service free are www.1StopConEd.com and www.123ConEd.com.