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Missouri Real Estate License Requirements

In order to sell or rent properties in the State of Missouri and earn a commission in the process, you must first obtain your real estate salespersons license.

How to Get a Real Estate License in MO Online

There are 4 steps you need to take to get your Missouri real estate salesperson license:

Step #1

The 72-hour pre-license education requirement includes two courses:

1) 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course

2) 24-hour Real Estate Practice course

Both courses can be taken online or in-person. Most students prefer to take the courses online as it gives them more flexibility and they can generally complete the course more quickly.

You must complete the 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course before you can apply to take the state licensing exam.

The 24-hour course must be completed before you apply for your Missouri real estate salesperson license.

Each course includes a closed-book final exam. The final exam consists of 50 multiple-choice questions with a passing grade of 75%

You will receive your Certificate of Completion for the course as soon as you pass the final exam.


Step #2
The Missouri real estate salesperson state licensing exam must be taken at a PSI testing center.

There are four PSI testing centers throughout the state.

The State licensing exam includes a National portion and a State portion.

The National portion includes 100 multiple-choice questions. You must answer at least 70 out of the 100 questions correctly in order to pass the National portion.

The State portion includes 40 multiple-choice questions. You must answer at least 30 out of the 40 questions correctly in order to pass the State portion.

You must pass both the National and State portions in order to pass the overall exam.

The National and State questions are intermixed throughout the exam, which means you may not know which questions are associated with each portion of the exam.

There is a four hour time limit for the exam.

You will receive your exam score report at the testing center, immediately after completing the exam.

The state exam fee is $62 per attempt and paid directly to PSI.


Step #3
Prior to applying for your license, you must get fingerprinted with IDEMIA (Indentogo).

The first step is to register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS).

As part of the registration process, you must provide the Missouri Real Estate Commission’s four-digit registration number, 0004.

Once you are registered through MACHS, you will be directed to a list of fingerprinting locations available throughout the state.

Your fingerprints will be used by the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI to run both a state and federal criminal history background check. The results will be sent to the Commission and reviewed as part of your license application.

The total fingerprinting fee is $40.50 and shall be paid at the fingerprinting location.


Step #4
Prior to applying for a Missouri Real Estate Salesperson license, you must complete both the 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course and the 24-hour Real Estate Practice course, and pass the State licensing exam.

You must apply for your license within six months of completing the 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course, otherwise, you must retake the pre-license courses and the state exam.

You will receive instructions on how to apply for your license on the back of your State exam passing score report. All applications must be in-writing and submitted via mail.


The following requirements also apply:

You must be at least 18 years of age.

A high school diploma or GED is NOT required to apply for a real estate license.

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Missouri Course Requirements

How to get a real estate license in the State of Missouri?

Step 1: Complete the 72-Hour Pre-License Courses
The 72-hour pre-license education requirement includes two courses:

1) 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course
2) 24-hour Real Estate Practice course

You must complete the 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course before you can apply to take the state licensing exam.
The 24-hour course must be completed before you apply for your license.

The Missouri Real Estate Commission requires a final exam for each course (two final exams in total). You must pass the final exam before you can earn your Certificate of Completion for the course. Each final exam includes 50 multiple-choice questions with a passing grade of 75%.

Step 2: Schedule and Pass the State Licensing Exam
The State licensing exam must be taken in-person at a PSI testing center.
The State licensing exam includes a National portion and a State portion. The National portion includes 100 multiple-choice questions, while the State portion includes 40 multiple-choice questions. The National and State questions are intermixed within one exam with a time limit of four hours.

You must answer at least 70 of the 100 National questions and 30 of the 40 State questions in order to pass.

You must pass both portions of the exam in order to pass the overall exam.

Step 3: Get Fingerprinted
Before you can apply for your Missouri real estate salesperson license, you must get fingerprinted at an IDEMIA location. Prior to getting fingerprinted, you must register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS).

Step 4: Apply for a License
You must apply for your Missouri real estate salesperson license within six months of completing the 48-hour Salesperson Pre-Examination course.

Top 3 FAQ's On Getting Your License In Missouri

Can I take the Missouri pre-license course if I'm still in High School?

Yes! You can take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course while you are still in High School. You can also take the State real estate salespersons exam at age 17; however, you cannot activate your license until you are at least 18 years old.

How can I take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course?

You can take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course either online or in-person. Most students prefer to take the course online since they can take the course at their own pace. If you take the course in-person at a local school, you will have to take the course according to the school's schedule.

Can I take the 72-hour Missouri real estate salespersons course online?

Yes! As long as the online course is fully approved by the Missouri Real Estate Commission, you can take the course online. Most students actually prefer to take the course online since it allows them to take the course at their own pace. It is entirely possible to complete the 72-hour online course in under one week.

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