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Missouri State Requirements: Broker

Missouri State Required Licensing Hours: 48 hours

Real Estate Express Missouri Course Hours Offered: 48 hours
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Step 1. Meet Missouri broker license requirements as outlined on the Missouri Real Estate Commission website:

  • Be at least 18 years old

Step 2. Show evidence of being fingerprinted through the approved statewide vendor.

Step 3. Complete the approved 48 hours of Missouri real estate broker education.

Step 4. Pass both portions of the real estate broker licensing examination.

Step 5. File your Missouri broker’s license application.

All applicants for a Missouri broker’s license must fulfill one of the following requirements:

  • Hold a current and active Missouri salesperson license for at least twenty-four (24) of the last thirty (30) months immediately preceding the application for licensure, earn a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from a 48-hour pre-exam broker course from an accredited Missouri real estate school on or before the exam date, and pass BOTH portions of the Missouri broker exam. Complete application for license must be submitted within six (6) months of the completion date of the broker course.
  • Be a licensed attorney, hold an active salesperson license and pass BOTH portions of the Missouri broker examination, or if unlicensed, first pass BOTH portions of the Missouri salesperson examination and then BOTH portions of the Missouri broker examination (education requirements and license experience are waived). Complete application for a license must be submitted within six (6) months of passing the Missouri broker exam. If both portions of the exam are not passed in one sitting, the application for license must be submitted within six (6) months of the first passing broker exam score. A copy of current Bar card must be provided with the application for license
  • Hold a current and active salesperson license in another jurisdiction, have twenty-four (24) of the last thirty (30) months active salesperson experience, earn a Certificate of Satisfactory Completion from a 48-hour pre-exam broker course from an accredited Missouri real estate school on or before the exam date, and pass BOTH portions of the Missouri broker examination. Complete application for a license must be submitted within six (6) months of the completion date of the broker course. A current license (history) certification issued within three (3) months from the real estate commission of the state/jurisdiction from which currently licensed must be provided with the application for licensure (a copy of license is not acceptable).
  • Hold a current and active broker license in another jurisdiction, have twenty-four (24) of the last thirty (30) months active license experience as a real estate salesperson or broker, and pass the state portion of the Missouri broker exam. Complete application for a license must be submitted within six (6) months of passing the state portion of the broker exam. A current license (history) certification issued within three (3) months from the real estate commission of the state/jurisdiction from which currently licensed must be provided with the application for licensure (a copy of license is not acceptable).

How long does it take to get a Missouri broker’s license?

It varies per person on how long it takes to get a Missouri broker’s license depending on the pace in which you complete the 48 hours of licensing coursework and pass your licensing examination, the time it takes you to complete the application process, and application and background check processing times.

What kind of information will I learn to help me get a broker’s license in Missouri?

All Real Estate Express courses are approved by the Missouri Real Estate Commission. Once completed, you are eligible to sit for the Missouri Broker’s License Exam.

Per Real Estate Express policy, the 48-hour coursework for brokers must be completed within six (6) months of the start date. The start date for distance education courses is the date the course material is first accessed and the end date is when all required documentation is submitted to the provider. The 48-hour broker licensing course must be completed on or before your licensing exam date.

The 48-hour broker course includes instruction in real estate law, types of interest and ownership in real estate, home ownership, legal descriptions, titles, liens, taxes, encumbrances, listing advertising, appraisal, finance, closings, and professional code of ethics.
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How do I submit my fingerprints for the background check?

All applicants for an original Missouri license are required to be fingerprinted for a Missouri and federal criminal history background check. The current statewide vendor is IDEMIA (IDENTOGO). To be fingerprinted, you must first register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) at www.machs.mo.gov or by calling 1-844-543-9712. You will need to provide the MREC’s four-digit registration number, 0004, in order to register to be fingerprinted. This will authorize the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI to send the results to the Missouri Real Estate Commission.

How do I take the Missouri Broker licensing examination?

The examination must be taken through PSI. Both the national and state portions of the Missouri Broker Licensing Exam must be passed to qualify for licensure. Those who pass one portion of the examination and fail the other, need to retake only the failed portion of the exam. Applicants will have six (6) months after satisfactory completion of the required licensing course within which to pass the licensing examination and apply for their license. After this six (6) month period, credit for the course and examination will expire, and the required course and examination must be repeated before applying for licensure.

The National Broker Examination is presented in simulation problem format. Each simulation problem will have a designated primary issue and property type. Each section within a problem will carry a secondary topic for that section. The primary issue and property type will remain consistent throughout the simulation problem, but the secondary topic can change with each section of the problem. Each problem will consist of three components: Scenario, Information Gathering (IG) sections, and Decision Making (DM) sections. Each problem begins with a scenario. The scenario provides the setting and introductory client information. For the national simulation portion of the examination, you will score points for Information Gathering (IG) sections and for Decision Making (DM) sections. The sum of your scores on all IG sections is reported as your IG total raw score, and the sum of your scores on all DM sections is reported as your DM total raw score. Your total raw scores must meet or exceed the minimum passing level in both the IG and DM to pass this examination.

The passing score for the state multiple-choice portion of the examination is 57 items correct.

How do I submit my Missouri Broker application?

You must submit your Missouri broker license application to the Commission within six (6) months of completing the required 48-hour broker course and passing your state licensing exam. 

Does Missouri offer reciprocity?

If an individual is licensed in a state/jurisdiction that only issues broker licenses, Missouri will recognize the single license as a salesperson license. A license (history) certification issued within three (3) months from the real estate commission of the state/jurisdiction from where applying must be provided with the application for licensure. A copy of the license is not acceptable. Certifications that are more than three (3) months old, or do not reflect that the individual holds a current and active license, will cause the application to be deemed incomplete.

If an individual holds a current and active salesperson license in another state/jurisdiction and wishes to obtain a Missouri broker’s license, the following are required:

  • Have twenty-four (24) of last thirty (30) months active salesperson experience
  • Take the Missouri 48-hour broker pre-examination course, take BOTH portions of the Missouri broker exam and apply for licensure within six (6) months of the course completion date.

If an individual holds a current and active broker license in another state/jurisdiction (other than those states/jurisdictions who have ONLY broker licenses) the following are required: 

  • Have twenty-four (24) of last thirty (30) months active license experience as a salesperson or broker
  • Pass the STATE portion of the Missouri broker exam
  • Apply for licensure within six (6) months of passing the state portion of the Missouri broker exam. The 48-hour broker course is not required.

Regulatory Notes:

Obtaining Certificate of Course Completion: Upon completion of the licensing education, Real Estate Express will provide you an electronic certificate of completion in your account dashboard. You will need to submit your certificate of completion with your license application. Course completion dates are recorded using Central Standard Time, therefore that will be the time reflected on your certificate.

Roster: Rosters are emailed to the Real Estate Commission weekly on Tuesdays for students who have completed courses from the previous Tuesday through Monday.
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Missouri Real Estate Commission
Website: https://pr.mo.gov/realestate.asp
Phone: 573-751-2628
Fax: 573-751-2777
Address: 3605 Missouri Boulevard P.O. Box 1339, Jefferson City, MO 65102
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