The first step to becoming a licensed real estate agent in the State of Maryland is to obtain a real estate salesperson license. In Maryland, these licenses are controlled by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.
Requirements for a Maryland Real Estate License
The State of Maryland has general and educational requirements for those applying for a salesperson license.
- At least 18 years old.
- Be of good character and reputation. Prior offenses may hinder attempts to obtain a license.
- Obtain from a licensed real estate broker a committment that the licensee will become affiliated with that brokerage upon completion.
- Successfully complete a basic, 60 hour real estate course approved by the Commission.
- Pass the state’s examination.
Applying for a Maryland Real Estate License
The first step in obtaining a Maryland Real Estate Salesperson license is to attend a 60 hour pre-licensing course. The course will teach you the topics that you will be tested on during the state exam. The Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation provides a list of approved education providers on their website. You will want to choose a provider that has a “Y” listed in the “Prelic” column of the table.
You will need to apply with the state to obtain a real estate salesperson license. The current fee for new licensees is $110. You will need to contact the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation to get a Registration Number to complete your application. The Department can be reached at (410) 230-6230, Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. Once you’ve obtained your registration number, you can complete your application online through the Department’s website.
Maryland Real Estate License Exam
The real estate license exam consists of two parts–a national and a state portion. Both sections must be passed with at least 70% of the questions correct. If you only pass one section, you will not have to pass it again for up to a year. You will only need to pass the section that you did not successfully complete on your next attempt.
Testing is conducted by PSI Examination Services. PSI has locations in Baltimore, College Park, Crofton, Hagerstown, Lanham and Salisbury. You will need to schedule an appointment with PSI to take your exam. The exam lasts two hours and is taken on a computer.
The fee for the exam is $66.00.