How to get your real estate license in Missouri
The real estate market in Missouri is on the upswing, especially in St. Louis. With more and more people moving to the Gateway City to take advantage of the job opportunities, cultural attractions, and its affordable cost of living, there’s never been a better time to get into the action as a real estate agent. If you’re ready to take the plunge and get your real estate license, here’s what you’re going to have to do.
First, you have to finish the 48-hour salesperson pre-license course. If you’re in St. Louis, there are numerous accredited schools that offer classroom and online options. Coldwell Banker’s Gundaker School offers one of the most popular training programs.
2. Take the exam.
Once you’ve completed the pre-license coursework, you will be eligible to sit for the Missouri real estate exam.
The exam is offered five days a week at multiple locations throughout the St. Louis metropolitan area.
To find a location near you, visit http://pr.mo.gov/realestate-examination-schedule.asp
There is a national and state portion of the exam. The national portion is made up of 100 multiple-choice questions, and the state exam is made up of 40. To pass the national exam, you’ll have to score a 70% or higher, and for the state portion, you have to score a 75% or greater. The good news is that if you fail one part of the tests will only be required to take that portion over again.
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3. Take the Missouri Real Estate Practice Course.
Either before or after taking the real estate exam, you will have to take a 24-hour course called the Missouri Real Estate Practice Course. This is in addition to the 48-hour pre-license course and focuses on the documentation that you will be required to use in the industry. When you apply for your actual license, you’ll have to include the certification that you completed this 24-hour class.
The last step in the process of applying for your real estate salesperson license is to get fingerprinted for Missouri and Federal criminal history background checks. You have to contact an approved vendor by the state of Missouri for fingerprinting.
To do this, you’ll need to register with the Missouri automated criminal history site, at www.machs.mo.gov.
5. Get your license and get to work!
Once you completed all of the above, and you’ve found a brokerage, your sponsoring broker will need to sign an application for licensure. He or she will submit an application on your behalf along with the $50 required fee, and send it to the Missouri division of professional registration.
Typically, it takes two or three weeks to obtain your actual license. With that in hand, you’re ready to hit the streets and begin working on closing those million dollar deals!