Minnesota License Requirements

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Minnesota Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the Minnesota real estate education needs for licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: Minnesota Department of Commerce - Real Estate License

Minnesota Real Estate License Requirements:

  • Minnesota real estate salesperson license: 90 hours (Applicants need to complete three courses, each of which consists of 30 hours of instruction)
  • Minnesota real estate broker license: 30 hours (At least three years of licensed real estate salesperson experience in Minnesota or another state with comparable requirements within the five years prior to the date of application for the broker's examination)

Minnesota State Reciprocity:

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agent in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

Minnesota has reciprocal relationships with Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Those with active licenses in one of these reciprocal states must:

  • Complete the 30 hour broker course
  • Have at least 3 years of licensed real estate salesperson experience within the past 5 years (If this experience was obtained in a capacity not requiring a Minnesota real estate license, you must first submit a request for a waiver of salesperson experience)
  • Email a letter of certification (no more than 90 days old) documenting that you are currently licensed as a broker and reside in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota or Wisconsin (Applicants with an active Wisconsin license must also email course completion certificates documenting completion of a Minnesota broker course of at least 13 hours and must email original passing results for the Minnesota State Laws portion of the written examination)

Minnesota Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Minnesota real estate professionals must renew their licenses every two years by June 30
  • Minnesota licensees must take 15 hours of real estate CE every year by June 30

Minnesota Appraisal License Requirements

The information contained below is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education, experience, and examination requirements established by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. The information provided below can be found on the Department’s website. However, we recommend you contact the Department for more detailed information and for any changes which may have occurred.

Minnesota Appraisal Licensure Levels:

  • Trainee Real Property Appraiser
  • Licensed Residential Real Estate Appraiser
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser

Minnesota Appraisal Licensure Requirements:

  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or its equivalent
  • Must meet the educational requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • Must meet the experience requirement for the applying level of licensure
  • For Certified Residential level:  A minimum of an Associates Degree OR 21 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required 
  • For Certified General level:  A minimum of a Bachelors Degree OR 30 college semester hours in specific subject matters is also required 
  • Satisfactory completion of the state examination
  • Submit application, required documents, and associated fees

Minnesota Appraisal Education Requirements:

  • 75 hours for the Trainee Real Property Appraiser which consist of the following courses:  Basic Appraisal Principles (30 hours), Basic Appraisal Procedures (30 hours), 15 Hour National USPAP Course or its equivalent (15 hours)
  • 150 hours for the Licensed Residential Real Estate Appraiser which include the same hour requirement as the Trainee Real Property Appraiser level AND:  Residential Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours), Residential Appraiser Site Valuation and Cost Approach (15 hours), Residential Report Writing and Case Studies (15 Hours), Residential Sales Comparison and Income Approach (30 hours)
  • 200 Hours for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser which consist of the same 150 hours of Licensed Residential Appraiser education AND:  Statistics, Modeling and Finance (15 hours), Advanced Residential Application and Case Studies (15 hours), Appraisal Subject Matter Electives (20 hours)
  • 300 hours for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser which includes the same 200 hours for the Certified Residential Appraiser education AND:  Income Property Appraisal (60 hours), General Appraiser Report Writing and Case Studies (10 hours), General Appraiser Market Analysis and Highest and Best Use (15 hours)

Experience Requirements:

  • Trainee Real Property Appraiser – No experience requirement
  • Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser – 2000 hours in no less than 12 months
  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser – 2500 hours in not less than 24 months
  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser – 3000 hours in not less than 30 months with at least 1500 hours of experience in nonresidential appraisals

Minnesota Appraisal Continuing Education Requirements:

  • Licensees must renew every 2 years by August 31st
  • 30 hours of continuing education must be completed during the renewal cycle 
  • The 7-hour National USPAP course must be completed every renewal period  

Minnesota Home Inspection Requirements

Learn about the Minnesota home inspection courses and qualifications needed for certification.

Requirements to Become a Home Inspector: There are no current requirements

Home Inspection License Expiration: N/A

Home Inspection Continuing Education Requirements: No CE currently required