Annual report pursuant to Section 13 and 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

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Document and Entity Information - USD ($)
12 Months Ended
Dec. 31, 2018
Feb. 28, 2019
Jun. 30, 2018
Document and Entity Information [Abstract]      
Entity Registrant Name RENEWABLE ENERGY GROUP, INC.    
Entity Central Index Key 0001463258    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date Dec. 31, 2018    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Emerging Growth Company false    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31    
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer    
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Public Float     $ 556,864,879
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   37,355,193  
Entity Small Business false    
Entity Shell Company false