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Individual Application Overview


Applications are submitted online through the PULSE Portal. To submit a license application, log on and select "Minnesota Department of Commerce" as the program and "Appraiser" as the board. Choose "Submit License Application" from the links listed and follow the necessary steps.

License fees are also paid online. As required by state law, a technology fee is added to the cost of license applications. In exchange for paying a technology fee at the time of application and again at renewal, licensees are not required to pay user fees when they use the system to manage their license record or when they complete continuing education courses.

In addition to completing the online license application, please review the following information for each license type.

Apply for Individual License

Click on the type of appraiser license you are interested in and a list of instructions will be displayed.

  • Trainee Real Property Appraiser
    1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

    2. Seventy-five (75) hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. Effective January 1, 2015, all qualifying education must be completed within the five-year period prior to the date of submission of the application. 

    3. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    4. Effective January 1, 2015, in addition to the 75 hours of prelicense courses mentioned above, the six-hour "Minnesota Supervisor/Trainee Appraiser Course" must be completed prior to submitting the application.

    5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors

    6. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    7. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    8. After completing your online application, you must email documentation of your pre-license education and original passing results for the Trainee Real Property Appraiser examination to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    9. A Trainee Real Property Appraiser licensee cannot perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

  • Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser
    1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

    2. The total fee includes the $80 National Registry fee imposed by the federal Appraisal Subcommittee.

    3. One hundred fifty (150) hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. If you hold a valid Trainee Real Property Appraiser license, this requirement is reduced by 75 hours, but you must complete the remaining specific core curriculum courses and hours listed in Minnesota Statutes 82B. In addition, effective January 1, 2015, the applicant must possess an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, or must present satisfactory documentation of successful completion of 30 semester credit hours of instruction from an accredited college or university.

    4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors

    6. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education and experience requirements must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    7. An application for licensing as a licensed residential real property appraiser must submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person has obtained 2,000 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 12 months.

    8. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    9. After completing your online application, you must email documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Licensed Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    10. A Licensed Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser license requirements
    1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

    2. The total fee includes the $80 National Registry fee imposed by the federal Appraisal Subcommittee.

    3. Two hundred (200) total hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. If you hold a valid Trainee or Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser license, this requirement is reduced (by 75 hours for Trainee and by 150 hours for Licensed Residential), but you must complete the remaining specific core curriculum courses and hours listed in Minnesota Statutes 82B. In addition, for applications received on or before December 31,2014, the applicant must either possess an associate degree from an accredited college or university, or present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law. NOTE: For applications received on or before December 31, 2014, if the applicant completed the required 200 hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education before January 1, 2008, no college degree is required. Effective January 1, 2015, the applicant must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors

    6. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education and experience requirements must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    7. An applicant for licensing as a certified residential real property appraiser must submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person has obtained 2,500 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 24 months.

    8. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    9. After completing your online application, you must email documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    10. A Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally related transactions.

  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser license requirements
    1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

    2. The total fee includes the $80 National Registry fee imposed by the Appraisal Subcommittee.

    3. Three hundred (300) total hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. If you hold a valid Trainee, Licensed Residential, or Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser license, this requirement is reduced (by 75 hours for Trainee, by 150 hours for Licensed Residential, and by 200 hours for Certified Residential), but you must complete the remaining specific core curriculum courses and hours listed in Minnesota Statutes 82B. In addition, for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, the applicant must also possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. NOTE: For applications received on or before December 31, 2014, if the applicant completed the required 300 hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education before January 1, 2008, no college degree is required. Effective January 1, 2015, the applicant must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

    4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

    5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors - Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education and experience requirements must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    6. An applicant for licensing as a certified general real property appraiser must submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person has obtained 3,000 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 30 months.

    7. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    8. After completing your online application, you must email documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience (with at least 50 percent, or 1500 hours, in nonresidential appraisal work) to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

    9. A Certified General Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

  • Temporary Practice Appraiser license requirements
    1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

    2. The total fee includes a 10% OET surcharge, which is being collected on behalf of the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology to fund a statewide electronic licensing system.

    3. You must email your Temporary Practice Appraisal Assignment form documenting the properties to be appraised to the Department of Commerce at licensing.commerce@state.mn.us.

    4. A temporary practice appraiser license is valid for the lesser of (a) the time required to complete the assignment, or (b) 12 months. If more than 12 months is necessary to complete the assignment, a new temporary application and fee is required.

    5. A Temporary Practice Appraiser license is only valid for a single appraisal assignment within Minnesota; a single appraisal assignment may include one or more properties under one contract for a single client.

    6. A Temporary Practice Appraiser license can only be issued if the assignment property is part of a federally-related transaction.

    7. "Federally-related transaction" means any real estate-related financial transaction that a federal financial institutions regulatory agency or the federal Resolution Trust Corporation engages in, contracts for, or regulates; and that requires the services of a licensed or certified real estate appraiser.