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Although the Capitol Complex is open to the public the Department of State is not open for visitors to enter NOB offices. Those constituents who wish to drop of materials for the Bureau of Corporations and Charitable Organizations or the Bureau of Elections should be advised to utilize the drop box across the street at the entrance of the Keystone Complex. Those with questions can be provided with the following phone number: 717-783-3945 and their call will be forwarded to the appropriate agency.
Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs staff are continuing to process applications as quickly as possible during this emergency. In order to increase the number of health care providers to respond to the COVID-19 emergency, the Governor has suspended certain licensing provisions. Due to the public health risk surrounding the Coronavirus, we are currently unable to accept walk-in customers and phone calls. For all inquiries, please utilize the email addresses found on the Board Contact Information webpage.
The processing of licenses and permits for health care practitioners continues to be a priority. Please refer to www.pals.pa.gov/verify to check the status of a license or permit.
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Renewal Deadline Extension:
Under the State Real Estate Commission, renewal deadlines for all license types will be extended from May 31, 2020, to Aug. 29, 2020. The CE renewal cycle has also been extended to August 29, 2020. You must complete 14 hours of CE, including the required mandatory topics if applicable, between June 1, 2018 and August 29, 2020 in order to meet the requirements. The next CE cycle will begin August 30, 2020 and extend to May 31, 2022.
Updated 5/19/20: Guidance for Appraisers, Notaries, Title Companies, and Home Inspectors.pdf
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"Starting Monday, March 16th the front lobby will be closed to the public. For assistance, please visit www.pals.pa.gov or call Toll Free: 1-833-DOS-BPOA (1-833-367-2762)"
State Real Estate Commission
The Real Estate Commission grants and renews licenses to persons who bear a good reputation for honesty, trustworthiness, integrity and competence to transact the business of broker, salesperson, cemetery broker, cemetery salesperson, campground membership salesperson, time-share salesperson, builder-owner salesperson or rental listing referral agent, in such a manner as to safeguard the interest of the public.
Among its other functions, the Commission administers and enforces the laws of the Commonwealth relating to real estate activities for which licensing is required; activities involving cemeteries, cemetery companies, and promotional property for which registration is required; and campground membership activity for which licensing is required.
The Commission establishes requirements for continuing education to be met by licensed real estate brokers and real estate salespersons as a condition of license renewal. Also, any school which offers instructions in real estate must obtain the Commission’s approval and follow the rules and regulations of the Commission.
**Please note that neither the Board/Commission, nor its staff or counsel, are permitted to provide
legal advice or
advisory opinions, including
interpretations of the law or regulations, or any indication as to how the Board would vote on any given case or scenario. You are invited to contact a private attorney or professional organization for advice or guidance.**
PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO GRACE PERIOD FOR RENEWALS OF ANY LICENSE OR REGISTRATION BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020. ANY LICENSE OR REGISTRATION THAT EXPIRES ON OR AFTER JANUARY 1, 2020 WILL BE REQUIRED TO REACTIVATE OR RE-REGISTER IF A COMPLETED RENEWAL APPLICATION HAS NOT BEEN PROPERLY SUBMITTED TO THE COMMISSION BY THE EXPIRATION DATE.