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Although our building in Gardiner, Maine is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 health emergency, our staff remains available to resolve your complaints, answer your questions, and continue to deliver high-quality services to consumers and regulated industries.
Please contact us by email or by phone or through our other online services, and we will assist you. Thank you, and we look forward to hearing from you.
The staff of the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation
The Real Estate Commission was established to protect the public through the regulation of the real estate industry in Maine. It is charged with the duty of supervising real estate licensees in a manner to ensure that they meet standards which will promote public understanding and confidence in the business of real estate brokerage.
The primary responsibilities of the Commission are to license qualified applicants as real estate agencies, real estate brokers, real estate associate brokers, and sales agents, to investigate alleged violations of the law, impose sanctions, and prescribe curricula and standards for real estate education programs.
Guidelines for Real Estate as an Essential Business (PDF) from the Maine Department of Economic & Community Development
During the ongoing state of emergency resulting from COVID-19, licensees can request a deferment of the continuing education requirement for renewal of a license due to circumstances related to the emergency. If a request is approved, the continuing education requirement will be deferred for 120 days after the COVID-19 related state of emergency is terminated, at which time you will receive further instructions. The deferment request form must be completed and submitted prior to submitting the license renewal application. The request will be evaluated and you will receive notification with instructions for completing the renewal process.
Effective March 1, 2019, the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation (OPOR) will no longer issue paper license verifications. License verifications are available, free of charge, on OPOR’s official database, https://www.pfr.maine.gov/ALMSOnline/ALMSQuery/Welcome.aspx?board=4060. This database is updated in real time as changes occur. The Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation considers this information to be a secure, primary source for license verification.
NOTICE CONCERNING DELIVERY OF REAL ESTATE COMMISSION LICENSES
Beginning on March 1, 2016, Real Estate Commission licenses will be delivered via email. Active licenses will be delivered to affiliated licensees’ designated broker at the agency email address on file with the Commission. Agency licenses will also be emailed to the agency email address. Inactive licenses will be delivered to licensees’ email address on file with the Commission.
The email sender is displayed as “email@example.com” and the subject as “YOUR OFFICIAL (license type) LICENSE IS ATTACHED”. Paper licenses will NOT be mailed for licensees with an email address on file.
Individual and agency contact information, including email address, may be updated here.
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- Maine Real Estate Commission Offers/Counter Offers - Guidelines (PDF) - (amended June 2014)
Continuing Education Information
WHICH COURSE DO YOU NEED TO MEET THE REAL ESTATE COMMISSION CORE COURSE REQUIREMENT?
Effective April 1, 2021 the Real Estate Commission core course requirement is dependent upon your license type as follows:
Designated Brokers: "Core Course for Designated Brokers 4- Communication”
Brokers and Associate Brokers: “Core Course for Brokers and Associate Brokers 4 - Communication”
The applicable course noted above is required if:
- your license expiration date is on or after April 1, 2021 (even if you renew before April 1, 2021).
- your license has expired and you renew on or after April 1, 2021.
- you activate a license on or after April 1, 2021.
Licensees with a license expiration date prior to April 1, 2021, who renew prior to April 1, 2021 may fulfill their core course requirement with either “Core Course for Designated Brokers – 3” or “Core Course for Brokers and Associate Brokers –3 ” (depending on your license type) or the new core course appropriate for the license type as noted above.
- Continuing Education Audit Rules (PDF)
- Continuing Education Information - PLEASE READ!
- Continuing Education FAQ'S
- RECENT LEGISLATION - 2019
- Public Law Chapter 37 – An Act To Increase the Safety of Home Buyers Concerning Chimney Inspections (PDF)
- Public Law Chapter 43 – An Act To Protect Water Quality by Standardizing the Law Concerning Septic Inspection in the Shoreland Zone (PDF)
- Public Law Chapter 234 - An Act To Require Disclosure at the Sale or Transfer whether Methamphetamine is Present or Has Been Removed from Real Estate (PDF)