An inactive status is allowed indefinitely, as long as continuing education (CE) is uploaded, however, remember, the difference between an active and an inactive license is that one cannot perform real estate activity with an inactive license.
It is still required to renew the license timely, complete and report continuing education credits, report any changes in personal information (address, name, etc.), and report any criminal conviction or civil judgment, as well as, adhere to all other licensing requirements.
To activate a license, visit https://az.gov/webapp/dre/. The new Broker must log on and approve the hire, before the license becomes active.