Passed the state exam in 94 and received a "Provisional" license. At that time, I was told by the OREA that I would never have to take the exam again, just maintain continuing education. At the time I got my license, San Diego was in a full-scale depression and there was no appraisal work. Called OREA to ask about renewing the license, and they told me over the phone all I needed to do was take the 15-hour course and send in a renewal application. Took the course and now they tell me I have to start all over from scratch. I want to choke somebody. There is nothing in the licensing rules regarding retaking the exam. My cereal is getting cold!!