The information below is from 2009 and may have changed. The best way to find out the current rules and costs is to click the links below. I’m not a real estate broker and don’t hire agents. Contact the broker of a local real estate company if you want more information about getting started started in the field.
Getting Licensed as a MO Real Estate Agent:
In order to obtain a MO real estate license, you will need to be at least 18 years old, complete 72 hours of classwork, pass an exam and submit an application to the state of Missouri.
Here are the steps to obtain a real estate salesperson (agent) license in Missouri:
- Complete a 48 hour pre-exam salesperson class from an accredited Missouri real estate school
- Pass both the state and federal portions of the Missouri salesperson exam after completion of the 48 hour pre-exam class
- Complete the 24 hour Missouri real estate practice course after completion of the 48 hour pre-exam class (can be taken before or after taking the exam)
- Choose a broker to hold your license
- Apply for a license with the MO Real estate commission within 6 months of completing the 48 hour pre-exam class
There are reduced requirements for licensed attorneys and people who hold an active license outside of the state of Missouri.
How Much Does it Cost to Get a License?
There are costs involved in getting a real estate license, but they are pretty minimal when you consider the cost of obtaining training and certification or licensing in many other fields.
- Classwork – prices vary (see list of approved providers)
- Exam fee – $54
- License application fee – $50
- Salesperson license – $40
Once you obtain your license, there are additional fees that you will need to pay to get started. If you will be working in the St. Louis area, most brokerages will require you to join:
- National Association of Realtors
- Missouri Association of Realtors
- St. Louis Association of Realtors
- Mid America Regional Information System (MLS access)
- GE Security Supra (lockbox access)
Have more questions?
Take a look at the MO Real Estate Candidate Handbook.