Montana Real Estate License Requirements

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Montana Real Estate Licensing Requirements

This licensing information is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education requirements established by the Montana Board of Realty Regulation. We recommend you contact the Montana Board of Realty Regulation for more detailed information or changes.

Montana Real Estate Salesperson Pre-License Requirements

  • You must pass the test before making application for licensure
  • In the State of Montana, a person may not engage in or conduct business in the capacity of a real estate salesperson, until that person has received from the Montana Board of Realty Regulation a license
  • You can be licensed in Montana in 3 different ways a) predetermination b) application c) waiver
  • Licensing Fees: $150.00 and $35.00 Recovery Account (one time fee) **Faxed Applications WILL NOT be accepted as original signature is required**
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Tenth grade education or higher; 60 Hours of additional pre-licensing instruction from a school and instructor approved by the Board.
  • Pass the Montana Real Estate Examination with a score of 80% or better the uniform and 70% or better on the state portion; see Montana real estate license exam prep
  • Reciprocity agreements are in effect with the following licensing jurisdiction: Alberta, Canada
  • Waiver of exam or education: An application may be submitted to determine if an applicant has a license in another state or jurisdiction with licensing standards substantially equivalent to Montana's requirements. The Board may approve to waive all or part of the required pre-licensing education and/or examination.

Montana Real Estate Broker Pre-License Requirements

  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • You must pass the test before making application for licensure
  • In the State of Montana, a person may not engage in or conduct business in the capacity of a real estate broker, until that person has received from the Montana Board of Realty Regulation a license
  • Applications: Real Estate Brokers may be licensed in Montana by four different methods (these applications are in PDF format): 1) Application 2) Waiver 3) Equivalency 4) Predetermination
  • Licensing Fees: $175.00 and $35.00 Recovery Account (one time fee if not currently licensed in Montana)
  • High school graduation or equivalent
  • 60 Hours of additional pre-licensing instruction from a school and instructor approved by the Board
  • Must have two years experience as a licensed salesperson
  • Must have completed the following activity criteria within 3 years of the date of application: a) Minimum of 30 residential real estate transactions; or b) Minimum of 10 commercial, agricultural or farm & ranch real estate transactions
  • One point for each year of real estate brokerage supervisory experience-maximum of 3 points
  • One point for each licensed real estate full time equivalent (FTE) supervised within the last 36 months, maximum of 10 points
  • One point for every five transactions supervised within the last 36 months, maximum of 15 points
  • One point for each instructor day (maximum of six hours) within the last 36 months, maximum of two points
  • Pass the Montana Real Estate Examination with a score of 80% or better on both the uniform and state portion; see Montana real estate license exam prep
  • The Montana Real Estate Broker Examination will be offered as a simulation examination only, beginning September 18, 2006
  • Reciprocity agreements are in effect with the following licensing jurisdiction: Alberta, Canada
  • Equivalency: An application may be submitted to determine if an applicant has equivalent education and/or experience. An applicant must be currently licensed in Montana and file an application for equivalency determination. If equivalency is approved by the Board, the applicant must complete 60 hours of pre-licensing instruction from a school and instructor approved by the Board and pass the required examinations.
  • Waiver of examination and/or education: An application may be submitted to determine if an applicant has a license in another state or jurisdiction with licensing standards substantially equivalent to Montana's requirements. The Board may approve to waive all or part of the required pre-licensing education and/or examination.

Montana Real Estate Continuing Education Requirements

  • Must renew every year by October 31
  • All licensees must complete 12 hours with a minimum 4 mandatory topics
  • The remaining hours can be from either the mandatory OR elective topics
  • Also, each year, licensees are required to complete a core course which changes annually
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