(California DRE News Bulletin – Summer 2012)
Branch or Division Manager Appointments
Effective July 1, 2012, pursuant to Business and Professions Code (B&P) Section 10164, an employing real estate broker or corporate designated broker officer may appoint a licensee as a manager of a branch office or division of the employing broker’s or employing corporate designated broker officer’s real estate business and delegate to that manager responsibility to oversee and supervise operations and licensed activities. The appointed manager will share with the employing broker or corporate designated broker officer the liability of potential license discipline should violations of the Real Estate Law occur at the branch or division location.
While the appointment of a branch or division manager is completely voluntary under B&P §10164, a broker or designated broker choosing to appoint a branch or division manager must follow the guidelines set forth by B&P §10164. A licensee cannot be appointed as a manager if the licensee holds a restricted license or has ever been subject to a bar order. If the branch or division manager is a salesperson, the salesperson must have at least two years of full-time real estate experience within five years preceding the appointment. Whenever an appointment of a branch or division manager is terminated or changed, brokers or corporate designated broker officers should immediately notify the DRE in writing.
DRE’s Licensing Unit has developed a new form titled, “Branch or Division Manager Appointment” (RE 242), which will be used by a broker or corporate designated broker officer to appoint or terminate branch or division managers. This new form will be available on our Web site no later than July 1, 2012. Licensees wishing to add or cancel branch offices should continue to use the Branch Office Application (RE 203).
Online License Certificates
In conjunction with our on-going efforts to continue to streamline processing, DRE will be implementing an online printing process for license certificates during the summer of 2012. The Department will continue to provide licensees with a pocket identification card, but license certificates will only be available for printing from the DRE Web site. Licensees who renew using eLicensing will receive notification at the conclusion of their eLicensing transaction that their license certificate is available for printing. Applicants who do not utilize eLicensing will receive notification that their license certificate is available for printing when they receive their pocket identification card. In order to print a license certificate, licensees will need to register on eLicensing by setting up a username account and password. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new process!
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