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Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson License Requirements

How to Get Your Minnesota Real Estate License

To obtain a Real Estate Salesperson license in Minnesota, you must:
  • Be at least 18 years of age  
  • Complete 90 hours of approved pre-license education (three 30-hour courses)
  • Pass the license exam at the designated testing center
  • After completing your pre-license courses and passing the license exam, you apply for your real estate license with the state of Minnesota
Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce website for specific requirements and instructions.

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Costs to Consider:
  • Our package of 3 online courses & free exam prep course
  • *State and national license exam fees
  • **License application fee
* This fee is paid to PSI, the company that offers the Minnesota real estate license exams
** This fee is paid to the Minnesota Department of Commerce when applying for your real estate license


Step-by-Step Licensing Guide
  1. Enroll in our online pre-license courses
  2. Complete Course 1 and pass the course final exam with a proctor
  3. Take our optional MN License Exam Prep Course
  4. Pass the licensing exams
  5. Complete Courses 2 and 3 and pass the course final exams with a proctor
  6. Apply for your real estate salesperson license
Download our new agent start-up guide for reference.

During the purchase process, you will create your online Continuing Ed Express account. After your purchase is complete, the course will be placed in your new account, ready for you to begin. With Continuing Ed Express’s exclusive online e-learning technologies, you can learn at your best pace. Our online courses offer high quality content, with easy-to-use navigation.

Our Minnesota salesperson pre-license courses are approved by the Association of Real Estate License Law Officials (ARELLO), and by the Minnesota Department of Commerce. Continuing Ed Express is the exclusive online education provider for the Minnesota Association of Realtors®

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The course offers text instruction on both the National (Uniform) and Minnesota (State) portions of the licensing exam. There is commentary by the instructor, graphs and diagrams, exercises, and quizzes to help you master the material. You will have the opportunity to go back and review each section separately, and contact your instructor if you have questions.

Minnesota requires you to take the course final exam for pre-license online courses under the supervision of a proctor. You can have your exam proctored by Continuing Ed Express at our office location. Complete details for the proctoring process are included within the course. You may re-take the course final exam online as many times as necessary to pass it.

Review the proctor details in advance (PDF), along with information about having your exam proctored at the Continuing Ed Express office. After you pass Course 1’s online final exam and we receive your proctor’s exam documentation, we will issue you the course completion certificate. This certificate must be presented at the testing center to take the Minnesota state license exam.


3. Take the optional MN License Exam Prep course
Although everything you'll need to know for the state license exams is in Minnesota Salesperson Pre-License Course 1, we highly recommend our optional Exam Prep Course. The license exams are VERY difficult, and the Exam Prep course will reinforce, and help you remember, key principles you might find on both the uniform and state-specific pre-license exams. You’ll also receive exam-taking tips, and get lots of practice with sample questions to help you prepare for the challenging license exams. This course is automatically included in your order when you purchase the Salesperson Package.


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4. Pass the licensing exam
There are two types of pre-license exams:
  • Course final exams: Each pre-license course has its own final exam, and it must be taken online with a proctor after you finish the course. (As described above in Step 2.)
  • Minnesota license exam: This includes a national (also known as uniform) and state specific exam. These exams are taken at a state-approved testing center, and you may take them after passing the Course 1 final exam.
Remember, your Course 1 completion certificate must be presented at the testing center to take the Minnesota state license exam.

You will take a two-part licensing exam: one part for general real estate principles, and one part for Minnesota-specific laws and practices. You can take both parts at the same session, or at separate times. If you do not pass one of them, you have to wait until the next business day to schedule a retake.

Note: You can take both parts of the licensing exam for one fee or each individual part and pay separate fees for each. Re-testing is the same cost. These fees are paid to PSI Exams.

For directions to testing centers, information about making an appointment, detailed information about the license exam, and a downloadable Candidate Information Bulletin, visit PSI Exams Online.

You must apply for your real estate license within one year of passing your exam, otherwise you will have to retake the exams.


5. Complete Courses 2 and 3 
As with Course 1, you will take each course’s final exam with a proctor. You will take the exams online, and you may take them as many times as needed to pass them.

After passing these course final exams, the proctor will provide the signed proctor form to us, and we will email you a completion certificate for each course. If you take your exam at our office in Minneapolis, you'll receive your certificate immediately. 

Review the proctor details in advance (PDF), along with information about having your exam proctored at the Continuing Ed Express office.


6. Apply for your real estate salesperson license
For tips on choosing the right brokerage for you, see our 12-point company preference checklist

After receiving completion certificates for all three 30-hour pre-license courses, and passing the Minnesota state licensing exams, you may apply for your Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson license through the real estate company you choose to work with.

Note: There is a fee required to apply for a license. Contact the Minnesota Department of Commerce for up to date information about the cost.

Application Deadline: According to Minnesota Statute 82.58 Subd. (5), "An applicant who obtains an acceptable score on a salesperson's examination must file an application and obtain the license within one year of the date of successful completion of the examination or a second examination must be taken to qualify for the license."

One extra step...
Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce website to find out if you are eligible for a real estate license and for more specific information on licensing requirements.

Meet Peggy McNamara – Your Online Course Instructor
Peggy L. McNamara has been a real estate agent since 1992, an educator and trainer since 1996, and a broker since 2008. She has been an education director for two large brokerages, and previously founded a classroom-based pre-license real estate school in Minnesota. Peggy is a Certified Distance Education Instructor (CDEI).

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“Very good delivery of content. Without ever meeting her, I could tell that Peggy is really passionate about teaching others!”

Benefits of Continuing Ed Express’s Online Minnesota Salesperson Pre-License Courses
To help you remember important real estate principles, our courses provide:
  • Progressive activities to help you learn complex topics such as math
  • Downloadable section summaries that you can print and review
  • e-Flashcards™ for you to self-test your cumulative recall of important principles
  • Practice quizzes throughout the course to give you immediate feedback
  • Highlighted ideas, notes, and reminders throughout the course
  • Video commentary from your instructor to introduce the topics

Diagrams and illustrations help you understand difficult concepts
One of the most difficult things in a real estate course, besides the new vocabulary, is understanding complex concepts that are unfamiliar to you. Realizing this difficulty, we furnish you with visual aids of important concepts to help you understand each.

An opportunity to communicate with your instructor on every page
On every page there is an opportunity to communicate with your instructor. You may easily contact your instructor for further insight on any of the information in the course. All of your messages with the course instructor will be archived in the ‘Messages’ area of your Continuing Ed Express account.

No text book required 
Continuing Ed Express online pre-licensing courses are complete. There is no additional textbook from which you have to study or order in addition to the course. You may begin taking the course as soon as you register. 

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If you have questions about the courses or pre-license process, you can contact us.

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