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Wisconsin to Minnesota Real Estate License Reciprocity Requirements

Our Wisconsin to Minnesota Reciprocity Pre-License course is designed for Wisconsin real estate licensees (both salespeople and brokers) to obtain their Minnesota real estate license. This course prepares you to take the Minnesota state-specific licensing exam for either a salesperson or broker license. For full application requirements, follow this link to the MN Dept. of Commerce.

Salesperson - Applicants for Wisconsin to Minnesota salesperson reciprocity must:
  • Reside in Wisconsin
  • Hold an active license in Wisconsin
  • Complete a Minnesota salesperson’s course of at least 13 hours
  • Pass the Minnesota portion of the salesperson licensing exam
  • Provide a Letter of Certification, no more than 90 days old, documenting that you are currently licensed as a salesperson, and reside, in Wisconsin
Please note: Only a MN licensed primary broker can submit a non-resident salesperson’s application. Contact a MN licensed primary broker in order to submit an application for licensure.

Broker - Applicants for Wisconsin to Minnesota broker reciprocity must:
  • Reside in Wisconsin
  • Hold an active broker license in Wisconsin
  • Complete a Minnesota broker course of at least 13 hours
  • Pass the Minnesota portion of the broker licensing exam
  • Provide a Letter of Certification, no more than 90 days old, documenting that you are currently licensed as a broker, and reside, in Wisconsin
Please note: A broker must first apply for a business entity license in Minnesota, unless the applicant is going to be affiliated with an active Minnesota real estate company.

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Wisconsin to Minnesota Reciprocity Step-by-Step Guide
  1. Enroll in our online reciprocity pre-license course
  2. Complete the course and pass the final exam with a proctor
  3. Take our optional MN License Exam Prep Course
  4. Pass the state licensing exam
  5. Apply for your MN real estate license

1. Enroll in our approved online pre-license course
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 Wisconsin to Minnesota Reciprocity Pre-License course is 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 Minnesota real estate laws, rules and regulations, as well as some refresher information. There is video 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 the 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.


Although everything you'll need to know for the state license exam is in our Wisconsin to Minnesota Reciprocity Pre-License Course, we highly recommend our optional Exam Prep Course. The license exam is VERY difficult, and the Exam Prep course will reinforce, and help you remember, key principles you might find on the license exam.

The state information is presented first, so you may complete only the state portion of the exam prep course to prepare for the state-specific licensing exam. You’ll also receive exam-taking tips, and get lots of practice with sample questions to help you prepare for the challenging license exam.

The Exam Prep course is included with your purchase of the prelicense course!

After you pass the reciprocity course final exam, your proctor will provide an affidavit to us, and we will email you a PDF copy of your completion certificate, which you'll need to bring to the PSI testing site in order to take the state license exam.

You will take one licensing exam, covering Minnesota-specific laws and practices. If you do not pass the exam, you have to wait until the next business day to schedule a retake.

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:

5. Apply for your real estate license
After receiving the completion certificate for the 13-hour reciprocity course, and passing the Minnesota state licensing exam, you may apply for your Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson or Broker license. Go to the Minnesota Department of Commerce's website for details on the application process and fee.

Please note: To obtain a nonresident license through reciprocity, you MUST provide a Letter of Certification, no more than 90 days old, documenting that you are currently licensed as a salesperson in Wisconsin to the Minnesota Department of Commerce.

Application Deadlines: MN Statute 82.58

Subd. 5. Period for application. 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.

Subd. 3. Application for broker’s license. After successful completion of the real estate broker's examination, an individual shall have one year from the date of the examination to apply for a broker's license, unless the individual is a salesperson who remains continuously active in the real estate field as a licensee. Failure to apply for the broker's license or to remain continuously active in the real estate field will necessitate a reexamination.


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 Wisconsin to Minnesota Reciprocity Pre-License Course
To help you remember important real estate principles, our course provides:
  • 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

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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