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Apply for a Broker License


Resident and Nonresident Real Estate Broker

To apply for one of these license types go to www.pulseportal.com and submit an application electronically.

After selecting "Minnesota Department of Commerce" as the program and "Real Estate" as the board, click on "Submit License Application" then select “Individual” as the entity type, and then select the correct license type that you are applying for. You will then be asked to log in using your user name and password of the licensed real estate company that the individual will be associated with. After successfully logging in you will be able to follow the necessary steps to complete the application. The licensed real estate company can also use the PULSE portal to check the status of a salesperson application, and after it has been approved, they can print a copy of the salesperson license. The licensed real estate company can also use the PULSE portal to make profile changes, print other licenses, and process renewals. Please remember that it is the responsibility of the real estate company and the licensee to maintain the individual's license.

Residents

  1. The license fee is $200. In addition, the online system vendor also charges processing fees. The term of a broker license is two years, expiring on June 30.

  2. Through June 30, 2011, an applicant must have at least 2 years of licensed real estate salesperson experience in Minnesota or another state with comparable requirements within the 5 years prior to the date of application for the broker's examination. On July 1, 2011, the requirement by law increases to at least 3 years of licensed real estate salesperson experience in Minnesota or another state with comparable requirements within the 5 years prior to the date of application for the broker's examination. If this experience was obtained in a capacity not requiring a Minnesota real estate license, sporadically in Minnesota over the past 5-year period, or in another state, you must first submit a "Request for Waiver of Salesperson Experience to sit for Broker Exam" form. Applicants who wish to be considered for a waiver of the salesperson experience requirement must submit this form (download form from column at right) to the Commerce Department and receive approval prior to taking the broker exam. If the waiver is approved, attach copy of the department approval letter with the broker application.

  3. Applicants who wish to be considered for an additional broker's license must submit an additional "Broker's License Request" to the Commerce Department. Fax a copy of the department approval letter and a copy of your application confirmation page (printed from PULSE portal) to "Real Estate Licensing" at 651-539-0114.

Remember: A broker must first apply for a business entity license (unless he or she is going to be affiliated with an active Minnesota licenses real estate company).

How to Change a Primary Broker

This form must be completed and submitted to the  MN Commerce Licensing Division by e-mail to licensing.commerce@state.mn.us or by mail to Minnesota Department of Commerce, ATTN: Real Estate,  85 – 7th Place East, St. Paul, MN 55101. The new primary broker must be an officer of the company and must already be licensed as a broker with the company.

Information for a Nonresident Applicant with an active license in a Reciprocal State

* Must reside in and hold an active broker license in a Reciprocal State: Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

  1. The license fee is $200. In addition, the online system vendor also charges processing fees. The term of a broker license is two years, expiring on June 30.

  2. After submitting an electronic application, you must also fax a Letter of Certification (no more than 90 days old) documenting that you are currently licensed as a broker and reside in Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, or Wisconsin.

  3. Applicants with an active Wisconsin license must also fax course completion certificates documenting completion of a Minnesota broker course of at least 13 hours and must fax original passing results for the Minnesota State Laws portion of the written examination (get exam information on our website). The written exam cannot be more than one year old at the time of application for licensure. Applicants with active Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, or South Dakota license are not required to submit this information. The Licensing real estate fax number is 651-539-0114.

Remember: A broker must first apply for a business entity license (unless he or she is going to be affiliated with an active Minnesota licenses real estate company).


Information for a Nonresident Applicant with an active license in a Non-Reciprocal State

  1. Applicants with an active license in a non-reciprocal state must comply with Minnesota broker license requirements. The license fee is $200. In addition, the online system vendor also charges processing fees. The term of a broker license is two years, expiring on June 30.

  2. If your license is currently active at the time of application, you must fax your original passing exam results for the Minnesota State Laws portion of the exam. (You do not need to include the original passing exam results for the national portion of the exam.)

  3. If your license is inactive at the time of application, you must fax your original passing exam results for both national and state laws portion of the exam. The Licensing real estate fax nnumber is 651-539-0114.

Remember: A broker must first apply for a business entity license (unless he or she is going to be affiliated with an active Minnesota licenses real estate company).