Nonresident / Resident Reciprocal Licensing

An equal license may be issued to any person who holds a current and active real estate license in another jurisdiction after meeting the requirements for the license. Upon completion of the requirements, the applicant is eligible to become licensed by the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation to offer, attempt to conduct or to conduct services on behalf of another for compensation which includes, but is not limited to, listing real estate for sale; promoting the purchase, sale or exchange of real estate; buying, advertising or holding oneself out as offering specific services defined by law and selling or exchanging real estate [reference 32 MRSA Chapter 114 13001 "Definitions"].

An non-resident licensee must be affiliated with a Maine licensed real estate agency to be eligible to perform brokerage services.


Reciprocal License Requirements

  • Application/License fee: $100.00
  • Criminal Records Check Fee: $21
  • 2 Years

General Requirements

  • Completed License Application
  • Hold a high school diploma or equivalent.
  • Be at least 18 at time of application for the license.

How to Qualify for the License

  • Pass the Maine Law examination administered by Pearson VUE . All candidates qualifying by reciprocity must pass this examination regardless of the level of license currently held.
  • Furnish Verification of Licensure in good standing from any state where a license is held or has been held. Verification must indicate whether or not there has been any disciplinary action taken.

IMPORTANT NOTE - Application for a license must be made within one (1) year of passing the Maine Law Exam.

Click Candidate Handbook for more detailed information about licensing requirements.


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Renewal fees and information

  • Biennial renewal fee for an active license is $100.00
  • A $50.00 late fee is assessed for licenses renewed after the expire date
  • Renews biennially on the anniversary of the original license
  • This license must be renewed on or before the expire date by completing the continuing education requirement, submitting the renewal application and payment of the prescribed fee for the Broker to remain properly licensed to conduct real estate brokerage.
    • Continuing Education Requirement - 21 hours of Commission approved continuing education is required for renewal. This must include 3 hours for the course designated as the core requirement at the time of renewal.
    • Continuing Education Audit- Effective January 1, 2002, licensees are not required to submit evidence of having completed the continuing education requirement when renewinga license. Monthly audits are conducted whereby those licensees audited are required to submit physical evidence that the continuing education requirement was completed on or before the date the license was renewed.
    • This license may be renewed up to ninety (90) days after the expiration date by complying with all requirements for renewal and payment of the $50 late fee in addition to the regular renewal fee. However, licensees renewing a license after the expire date are not licensed to practice until the license is properly renewed.
  • A licensee who submits an application for renewal more than 90 days after the license expiration date is required to pass an examination covering Maine Real Estate Law and submit an original license application and fee to reinstate the license.
  • Renewal reminders are emailed at least 30 days prior to the license expire date. It is the licensee's responsibility to keep the Commission informed of the current license address and to see that the license is renewed absent the renewal application. Licenses may be renewed online up to sixty days prior to expiration.
  • To renew this license, click the link below and fill out the required information in the electronic form.
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  • Fill out the online renewal application and submit.

    The Department must verify that you have met all the conditions for renewal before your license is renewed. Online submission of your renewal application should not be construed as automatic renewal of your license.

Please Note: By submitting a renewal application in any form by any method, the licensee is certifying that all requirements for renewal have been met prior to submission of the application, including the full continuing education requirement. Submission of the renewal application also constitutes certification of the licensee's understanding that the Commission will rely upon the information submitted for issuance of a license and that sanctions may be imposed, including suspension or revocation of the license, if the certification is found to be false.

Last Updated: September 17, 2019