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How Do I Get My Minnesota Real Estate License?

Female Minnesota real estate agent showing a house to a couple.

If you're considering starting a real estate career in Minneapolis, St. Paul, Duluth, Rochester, or any other city in the state, you'll need to earn a Minnesota real estate license.To earn your real estate license in Minnesota, you must be at least 18 years of age, complete Prelicensing Course 1 and the state licensing exam, pass two additional courses, and apply for your license. While the process to become a real estate agent is similar in most states, each state has unique steps that must be adhered to. The seven steps to becoming a Minnesota real estate agent are as follows:

Step 1: Must be at Least 18 Years of Age

In addition to being at least 18 years of age, you must also have legal US residency.

Step 2: Register for Course I. You must complete Course I before taking the exam.

There are three 30-hour courses (Course I, II, lll), but only Course I needs to be completed before the exam. We offer four education options that fulfill the 90-hour requirement.

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Step 3: Pre-Register for Your Real Estate License Exam

To view all testing locations, visit https://home.pearsonvue.com. Pre-registration and advance payment are required.
Register for the Real Estate Salesperson—State and General Combo. Note: the school code is 21034212.

There are two ways to register:

  • Online registration: Go to https://home.pearsonvue.com and pay with your Visa or MasterCard.
  • Registration by phone using the Automated Registration System: 833.273.1946 (open 24 hours).

Otherwise, Pearson VUE registrars are available Monday through Friday from 6:30 am to 7:00 pm, and Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Pay with your Visa or MasterCard.

Step 4: Attend the License Exam Preparation Course (Optional)

Allow sufficient time before the exam for this valuable course. Our Minnesota Real Estate License Exam Prep course is designed to make sure that you have no surprises on test day. Our updated materials reflect changes in the industry so you can be confident you are studying the topics that will ensure your success.

Step 5: Take the Exam

Come to the exam site with:

  • Two forms of valid, current signature identification, one of which must be photo-bearing (preferably a driver’s license)
  • Original Course I Completion Certificate from Kaplan Real Estate Education
  • Simple calculator (non-programmable)

Candidates may cancel or reschedule up to two days before the testing date without penalty.

Step 6: Attend Course II and Course III

Keep moving forward in your new career by enrolling in these courses immediately after taking the licensing exam.

Step 7: Apply for Your License

Your Employing Broker will help you complete and submit your license application.

To learn more about earning your Minnesota Real Estate License, check out http://mn.gov/commerce/licensees/real-estate/.