Real estate professionals rely on building a positive reputation in the community. If you made a mistake in the past that resulted in disciplinary action—even if you did not know that your actions were a violation of the requirements for real estate brokers—that reputation can be difficult to restore.

However, even if you have worked to rebuild trust between yourself and your clients, information about that disciplinary action will stay on your professional license history for some time. Having this information on the Department of Real Estate (DRE) website can do damage to your business and to your career, but it is possible to remove old disciplinary action from your license history and restore your reputation.

Are you eligible to remove disciplinary action from your profile?

In order to remove disciplinary action from your license history, you must submit a petition and meet specific eligibility requirements. These requirements include:

  • You must hold a current license from the DRE
  • The date of the discipline must have been ten or more years ago

Because disciplinary action can also restrict your license, there may still be restrictions on your license when you meet these requirements. However, license restrictions do not prevent you from making a petition to remove discipline from your record. The DRE allows you to submit a “two in one” petition application that can ease the restrictions on your license in addition to removing discipline from your profile.

If you wonder whether you are eligible to remove discipline from your profile, consider speaking to an experienced attorney. They can help you determine whether you meet the requirements, help you fully reinstate your license and remove information about prior discipline. It is possible to rebuild your reputation after a license violation, and removing disciplinary action is one step toward a more successful future.