Board Information

Welcome to the Montana Board of Realty Regulation

The Board of Realty Regulation makes every effort to include on this website all relevant information pertaining to the licensing and regulation of real estate salespeople and brokers, property managers, and timeshares in Montana.

 

** MANDATORY PROPERTY MANAGER TRUST ACCOUNT COURSE **

The Board of Realty Regulation has adopted a new Administrative Rule requiring all active property manager licensees to complete a property management trust account course within the next year.  (This does not apply to new licensees who have their own Rule.)  The effective date of this new Rule is 7/22/2017; therefore, all licensees have until 7/22/2018 to complete this course in order to avoid their license being administratively suspended.  These 4 hours can be included in the required 12 hours of continuing education credits.


COURSE SCHEDULE

Rookie, Supervising Broker, & Trust Accounting Courses

December 21, 2017 - 4-Hour Trust Accounting Required Course, Missoula, Email for registration

February 15, 2018 - Property Management Trust Account Course, Helena, contact Tiffany Huss to register

March 13, 2018 - Trust Accounts & Security Deposits, contact NMAR to register

April 17, 2018 - Property Management Trust Account Course, Great Falls, contact GFAR at 406-453-2752 to register

May 10-11, 2018 - Rookie Course, Bozeman, contact GAR at 406-585-0033 to register

May 21-22, 2018 - Rookie Course, contact NMAR to register

May 23, 2018 - Supervising Broker Pre-Endorsement, Kalispell, contact NMAR to register

July 10, 2018 - Property Management Trust Account Course, Helena, contact Tiffany Huss to register

August 7, 2018 - Property Management Trust Account Course, Helena, contact Tiffany Huss to register
 

 

 

Contact Information

Rhonda Morgan, Executive Officer
Phone: (406) 841-2320
Email:

Rita Reichert, Compliance Specialist
Phone: (406) 841-2319
Email:

Tiffany Huss, Auditor
Phone: (406) 841-2321
Email:

For education questions and information
Phone: (406) 444-5696
Email:

For information on renewals, license verifications, and name changes
Phone: (406) 444-6880
Email:

For licensing questions and information
Phone: (406) 444-5711
Email:

Board Events

Board meetings are usually held several times a year.
Meeting minutes are posted within 3 days of board approval.

In general, Board meetings are open to the public.
There are certain meetings or parts (Screening Panel and Executive Session), which are closed to the public.

Scheduled and Proposed Meetings
       

Board Members

Board members are appointed by the Governor.  Members serve 4-year terms and may not serve more than two terms or any portion of two terms. 

Individual Board Members can be contacted by email at dlibsdrre@mt.gov.  In your message, please specify which board member you would like to contact. 

For additional contact information and information on board member terms, please visit the Governor’s Office link for Board Members and Councils at boards.mt.gov.

Ric Smith, Industry Member
Daniel Wagner, Industry Member
Eric Ossorio, Industry Member
Cynthia Lanier, Industry Member
Julie Gardner, Industry Member
Harry Freebourn, Public Member
Josh Peck, Public Member

License Information

Individuals who engage or conduct business as a real estate broker, real estate salesperson, property manager, or timeshare salesperson in Montana must apply to the Montana Board of Realty Regulation for licensure.  The Board assures the basic requirements are met and evaluates the applicant for good repute and competency to transact business in a manner that safeguards the interests of the public.

 

Public or Licensee Inquiries

Licensees can find license renewal information in this section and obtain mailing lists of licensees.

You can learn who is licensed in Montana by searching our Licensee Lookup system.

 

Renewal Process

  1. The renewal deadline date (expiration date) for all Board of Realty Regulation licensees is October 31st of each year.
  2. Renewal opens 60 days prior to your expiration date.  We encourage you to renew your license early in the renewal cycle.
  3. Please note that our online system is available 24/7 during the renewal cycle; however, there is no staff available to assist you after 5:00 p.m.  Waiting until the last hours to renew could mean that there is no one available to assist you, and this may cause your renewal to accrue late fees.


Continuing Education Requirements

For Salespersons and Brokers, each active licensee is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every licensing year.  The required hours shall be in real estate related courses.  For supervising brokers, 4 of those hours must be in supervising broker courses.

New salesperson licensees are required to complete the Rookie Course by the first renewal date.

For Property Managers, each active licensee is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education every licensing year.  The required hours shall be in property management or real estate education.

New property management licensees are required to complete their 12 hours by the second renewal date, and two of those hours must consist of a course in property management trust accounts.

 

 

Real Estate Salesperson

In the State of Montana, a person may not engage in or conduct business in the capacity of a real estate salesperson until that person has received a license from the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.

Real estate salespeople may be licensed in Montana by three different methods:

Predetermination
Application
Waiver

 

The following outlines general licensing information for a Real Estate Salesperson.  For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

 Licensing Fees:

  1. $150.00
    $35.00 Recovery Account Assessment
     
  2. Education Requirements:
    Tenth grade education or higher;
    60 Hours of additional pre-licensing instruction from a school and instructor approved by the Board.
     
  3. Experience Requirements: None
     
  4. Examination Information:
    All test scores may be scaled and equated for the specific examination by the testing agency that provides or administers the examination.  Prior to applying for a license, candidates must take a board-approved examination scheduled through the testing agency and make a passing score as determined by a psychometrically sound, criterion-related method associated with assessment of minimal competence.  The method used shall be published prior to the administration of the examination.
     
  5. Reciprocity: Reciprocity agreements are in effect with the following licensing jurisdiction: Alberta, Canada.

    Waiver of examination and/or education: An application may be submitted to determine if an applicant has a license in another state or jurisdiction with licensing standards substantially equivalent to Montana's requirements. The Board may approve to waive all or part of the required pre-licensing education and/or examination.
     
  6. Renewal Period:  September 1 through October 31.
     
  7. Renewal Fee:  $150.00
     
  8. Continuing Education Requirements:  Twelve (12) hours of continuing education annually that best aligns with daily practice of real estate.  As required by ARM 24.210.611, a newly licensed salesperson must complete the New License Mandatory Continuing Education class (commonly referred to as the Rookie Course) by the first renewal date.

Real Estate Broker

In the State of Montana, a person may not engage in or conduct business in the capacity of a Real Estate Broker until that person has received a license from the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.

Real estate brokers may be licensed in Montana by three different methods:
Application
Waiver
Predetermination

The following outlines general licensing information for Real Estate Brokers.  For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

  1. Licensing Fees:
    $175.00
    $35.00 Recovery Account Assessment
     
  2. Education Requirements:
    High school graduation or equivalent;
    60 Hours of additional pre-licensing instruction from a school and instructor approved by the Board.
     
  3. Experience Requirements for Broker License:
    1. Must have two years experience as a licensed salesperson.
    2. Acceptable evidence that the salesperson has obtained a total of 30 points in any combination of point types within the past 36 months prior to the date of application.  Point types and values are as follows:
    Transaction points:
    1. one point for each closed residential real estate transaction, no more than five leases;
    2. three points for each closed farm, ranch, agricultural, or commercial transaction, no more than five leases; or
    3. upon furnishing evidence satisfactory to the board, an applicant may receive credit for both sides of a transaction.
    Education points:
    1. three points for an associate degree in real estate;
    2. three points for Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) or Council of Real Estate Broker Managers (CRB);
    3. five points for a bachelor degree or higher in business management;
    4. five points for a law degree; or
    5. five points for a bachelor degree or higher in real estate
    6. one point for each instructor day (minimum of six hours) within the past 36 months, maximum of ten points.
       
  4. Exam Information: All test scores may be scaled and equated for the specific examination by the testing agency that provides or administers the examination.  Prior to applying for a license, candidates must take a board-approved examination scheduled through the testing agency and make a passing score as determined by a psychometrically sound, criterion-related method associated with assessment of minimal competence. The method used shall be published prior to the administration of the examination.
     
  5. Reciprocity: Reciprocity agreements are in effect with the following licensing jurisdiction:  Alberta, Canada.

    Waiver of examination: An application may be submitted to determine if an applicant has a license in another state or jurisdiction with licensing standards substantially equivalent to Montana's requirements.  The Board may approve to waive all or part of the required pre-licensing education.
     
  6. Renewal Period: September 1 through October 31.
     
  7. Renewal Fee: $175.00
     
  8. Continuing Education Requirements:
    12 hours of continuing education annually that best aligns with the daily practice of real estate.

Supervising Broker Endorsement

A Supervising Broker Endorsement is required to supervise salespeople in Montana.  In order to obtain the Supervising Broker Endorsement, you must be licensed in Montana as a broker and complete an 8-hour Supervising Broker Pre-Endorsement Course.  Course information can be found on the home page.

Once the Supervising Broker Endorsement is obtained, the licensee must take one 4-hour approved Supervising Broker course each licensing year to maintain their Supervising Broker Endorsement. Approved Supervising Broker maintenance courses will have the words "Supervising Broker" in the title of the course.


Property Manager

In the State of Montana, a person may not engage in or conduct business in the capacity of a Property Manager until that person has received a license from the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.


Property Managers may only be licensed in Montana by:
 Application

The following outlines general licensing information.  For specific information on filing an application, you will need to obtain the application, which includes a detailed listing of the requirements.

A. Application Fee:

  • $105.00 License Application
  • $35.00 Recovery Account Assessment

B. Education Requirements:

C. Experience Requirements:  None

D. Examination Information:  Pass the Montana Property Manager Examination with a score of 80% or better.

E. Renewal Period:  September 1 through October 31.

F. Renewal Fee:  $130.00.

G. Continuing Education Requirements:  12 hours of continuing education annually.

Timeshare Salesperson

In the State of Montana, a person offering timeshare units for their own account or for the account of others must be licensed as a Timeshare Salesperson unless the offering is exempt under 37-53-205, MCA.     

Timeshare Salesperson may only be licensed in Montana by: Application

  1. Application Fees: Timeshare License Correspondence Course $25.00 Timeshare Salesperson $35.00
     
  2. Renewal Period: September 1 through October 31st.
     
  3. Renewal Fee: $35.00
     
  4. Requirements for Licensure for Timeshare Salesperson
    By Examination:
    1. Be 18 years of age.
    2. Complete a pre-licensing correspondence course given by the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.  The course is given upon request.
    3. Proof of 12th grade education from accredited high school or equivalent.
    4. File a completed application with the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.
    5. File a complete personal disclosure statement.
    By Real Estate Licensing:
    1. Be 18 years of age.
    2. Complete a pre-licensing correspondence course given by the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.
    3. File a completed application with the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.
    4. File a completed personal disclosure statement.

Timeshare Offering

In the State of Montana, a timeshare offering may not be advertised, offered, or sold in Montana unless it is registered in Montana.

Application:  All applicants must submit a State of Montana application.  The application must be complete and have an original signature. T he necessary verification and appropriate fees must accompany.  An incomplete application will be returned causing a delay in processing.

Application Fees:

Initial Development Registration:  $500.00
Amendment of registration:  $200.00
 

Requirements for Registration of Timeshare Development

  1. File a completed application with the Montana Board of Realty Regulation.
  2. Provide a financial statement prepared according to GAAP that discloses the current financial condition of the developer.
  3. A statement disclosing any fees in excess of the stated price per unit to be charged to the purchaser.
  4. Copies of all timeshare instruments.
  5. A copy of the public offering statement provided for in 37-53-303.
  6. An irrevocable consent to service of process signed by the developer.
  7. Any documents actually filed with or actually complied in accordance with a rule of any agency of the US or any other state are acceptable alternatives to the documents required to be filed with an application.

Amendment Application

Lookup Licensed Individual

Licensee Lookup System

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

Download List of Licensees

License Download System

This service allows you to purchase complete lists of individuals, businesses, and contractors licensed with the State of Montana through the Business Standards Division.

Options include:

  • Creating a customized list of licensees by selecting board type, license type, license status, county, etc.;
  • Submitting payment for your list using a credit/debit card or registered user account
  • Downloading your list immediately, and if necessary, retrieving your list within 24-hours of purchase

Trust Account & Audit Information

Property Managers are required to maintain a trust account.  Brokers may elect to use a trust account, if they are not practicing property management.  Licensees may maintain more than one trust account. If you are a broker or a property manager and you maintain a trust account, understanding the trust accounting rules is important.  This section will be devoted to helping licensees become more familiar with trust accounting rules and statutes.  Also, it will be updated on a regular basis to focus on issues being found in audits so licensees can bring their trust accounts in compliance.

Regulations

All of the Statutes and Rules listed here are applicable to this Board.

Statutes are laws passed by the Legislature.  All changes in statutes must go through the legislative process and be passed into law before they become effective.  Title 37, Chapter 1, Part 3 is the Uniform Regulatory Act passed by the Legislature in 1995.  All professional and occupational licensing is covered in these statutes.

Administrative Rules pertaining to realty regulation are written and adopted by the Realty Regulation Board.  The Board writes rules in order to administer the laws over which the Legislature has given the Board authority.  Rules can be changed by going through the rule-making procedure.  They do not go through the Legislative process.  The Realty Regulation Board continuously reviews rules to determine needed changes.

The Administrative Rules of Montana (ARM) at this site contain what should be the same text as the official version published by the Office of the Secretary of State.  There is a possibility, however, that the content may vary from the official version.  In addition, the format has been changed for viewing on this website.  A copy of the official ARM in official format can be obtained from the ARM Bureau of the Office of the Secretary of State by emailing SOSARM@mt.gov. A web version of the ARM published by the Secretary of State can be viewed at Secretary of State's Administrative Rules of Montana

Please make a choice of the regulation resources listed to the left.

Administrative Rules

Statutes

Rules Notices

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.210.641 unprofessional conduct, 24.210.661 new licensee mandatory continuing education -- salespersons, 24.210.666 course provider, 24.210.674 continuing real estate education -- course approval, 24.210.677 continuing real estate education -- instructor approval, 24.210.825 renewals, and 24.210.829 new licensee mandatory continuing education -- property manager, the adoption of NEW RULE I nonroutine applications and NEW RULE II trust account course requirement, and the repeal of ARM 24.210.615 application for determination of equivalent experience for broker licensing

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT, ADOPTION, AND REPEAL

 

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT AND ADOPTION
Effective July 22, 2017

In the matter of the amendment of ARM 24.101.402 definitions and 24.101.403 administrative fees, and the repeal of 24.101.401 purpose, 24.101.407 licensing, and 24.101.414 renewal notification

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON PROPOSED AMENDMENT AND REPEAL

NOTICE OF AMENDMENT AND REPEAL

Effective October 16, 2015

Complaint Information

The mission of the Board of Realty Regulation is to safeguard the public interest and require knowledge, competency, accountability, and professional conduct by all Real Estate Salespersons, Brokers, and Property Managers doing business in the State of Montana.

In order to meet its mission, the Board is charged with taking appropriate action for unprofessional, incompetent, or unlawful practice. You can learn more about the complaint process or file a complaint with the Board here.

Complaint Form

Complaint Process Brochure

Complaint Process FAQ's

 

Complaint Contact

Rita Reichert , Compliance Specialist
Telephone: (406) 841-2319
E-mail: dlibsdcomplaints@mt.gov

How to File a Complaint

The Department is charged with regulating professions and occupations for the protection of the public as a whole. Although the Department does not represent individuals filing complaints, the Department will review complaints in a timely manner to ensure a complaint is processed and that the Board will take appropriate action.

The length of time for resolution of a complaint is impossible to estimate due to the various complexities presented in individual complaints.

The following types of complaints may be filed:

  • Unprofessional conduct by a licensee;
  • Unprofessional conduct by a license applicant;
  • Unlicensed practice of the profession or occupation.

If an individual is unsure of what constitutes unprofessional conduct and needs a description of the various types, reference to Montana statutes and rules will provide an answer. These are found at your local public library or at the appropriate board site on this web page.

Drop Off or Mail to:
"Name of the Board or Program the complaint pertains to"
Business Standards Division
301 South Park, 4th Floor
PO Box 200514
Helena, MT 59620-0514

The Complaint Process

Business Standards Division

This process is used for the Boards that are administered in the Business Standards Division. 
The various Programs administered in the Division use a similar process.

Frequently Asked Questions about Complaint Process

IMPORTANT

When filing or responding to a complaint, be as thorough as possible. You may attach additional documents to the complaint form to ensure that all pertinent information has been included. The Screening Panel meeting is NOT a hearing, but is a time for the panel to consider the complaint and response. Attendance is your choice. If you attend the panel may ask additional questions. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend.

After a complaint has been filed against a licensed individual...

The Compliance Office will send a letter of acknowledgment to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant), and a letter requesting a response (with a copy of the complaint) to the licensee against whom the complaint was filed.

The Licensee may submit a written response addressing the complaint to the Compliance Office. The process continues whether or not a response is submitted. The Complainant is not entitled to a copy of the response.

The Compliance Office will notify the Licensee and Complainant regarding the date and time of any meeting during which the case will be discussed.

Complaints remain confidential unless a Notice of Proposed Board Action is issued, which is a public document along with all subsequent legal filings.

MEETINGS 
Closed Meeting - During a Closed Meeting only the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or attorneys for either can be in attendance. Minutes of Closed Meetings are not public documents.

Open Meeting - A public meeting which anyone can attend. The minutes of Open meetings are public documents and made available online via the specific Board’s webpage.
(Adjudication Panel meetings are usually open.)

Individuals may attend a meeting in person or by telephone. Please notify this office prior to the meeting if you plan to attend the meeting.

SCREENING PANEL

Screening PanelA committee comprised of members of the Board. The Screening Panel’s function is to determine the preliminary action(s) to take on a complaint. Possible preliminary actions include dismissal, investigation, or a finding of Reasonable Cause.

The complaint and response (if any) are submitted to the Screening Panel members. The Screening Panel meeting is not a hearing, but rather a committee meeting to review and discuss the complaint and response to determine if disciplinary action is warranted.

DISMISSAL

If the Screening Panel dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice (see definitions below).

Dismissal With Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered by the Screening Panel in the future.

Dismissal Without Prejudice - The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the Screening Panel in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

Only a member of the Screening Panel can request an investigation of a complaint. If an investigation is requested by the Screening Panel, the case is assigned to an investigator who may request an interview with the Licensee, the Complainant, and/or other individuals. Upon completion of the investigation, a written report is submitted to the Screening Panel, which will then determine if there is Reasonable Cause to proceed with disciplinary action.


REASONABLE CAUSE

Reasonable Cause - A finding by the Screening Panel that evidence exists that a violation of statutes and rules has occurred which warrants proceeding with disciplinary action.

If Reasonable Cause is found, the Department Counsel issues a Notice of Proposed Board Action (Notice) to the Licensee. Once a Notice is issued, it is public information. A proposed Stipulation may be included with the Notice.

Notice - A legal document from the Department’s Legal Counsel which sets forth the Department’s factual assertions, the statutes or rules relied upon, and advising the licensee of the right to a hearing.

Stipulation - A tentative agreement for settlement of the case. A Stipulation is not finalized until approved by the Adjudication Panel. 

The Licensee may either sign the Stipulation or contest the proposed action by requesting an administrativeHearing (a legal process before a Hearing Examiner). If the Licensee wishes to request a hearing, written request must be received within twenty (20) days from receipt of the Notice. Failure to either sign a Stipulation or request a hearing within twenty (20) days may result in the issuing of a Final Order of Default against the licensee.

Default - the licensee’s acceptance of the disciplinary action demonstrated by failing to participate in the process

ADJUDICATION PANEL

Adjudication Panel - A committee comprised of members of the Board who are  NOT on the Screening Panel. The Adjudication Panel determines the final outcome of a case.

The Adjudication Panel reviews the record to determine appropriate sanctions. A Final Order is issued by the Adjudication Panel, completing the complaint process.


COMPLAINT PROCESS FLOW

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Current license status and information regarding disciplinary action(s) against
a licensee can be accessed online at:
https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/

Unlicensed Practice Complaint Process

Department of Labor & Industry - Business Standards Division

PO Box 200513, Helena, MT 59620-0513

When a complaint or other information is received alleging possible unlicensed practice...

  • (If the allegation is not made in the form of a formal written complaint, a complaint form is completed by the Department and a complaint number is assigned.)
  • A copy of the complaint and a request for a written response are mailed to the person against whom the complaint was filed (Respondent).
  • A written acknowledgment that the complaint has been received is mailed to the person who filed the complaint (Complainant)
  • The respondent may submit a letter of response to the complaint. If a written response is not submitted, the complaint process continues without a response.
  • The complainant and the respondent are sent written notify cation of the date, time, and location of any meeting at which the complaint will be discussed.

The Board Meeting

  • Unlicensed Practice complaints are addressed by the Full Board in executive session (meaning closed to the public). Board meetings are open to the public unless the chairperson determines an individual’s right to privacy outweighs the public’s right to know. If so, that portion of the meeting will be closed to the public (only the respondent, complainant, and legal counsel for each (if any) may be present).
  • The complaint and response (if any) are provided to the board members prior to an upcoming board meeting for their review. The board meeting is not a hearing, but rather a meeting at which the information provided is considered and discussed by the board.

DISMISSAL

  • If the board dismisses a complaint, the complaint can be dismissed with or without prejudice.
  • Dismissal With Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed and cannot be considered in the future.
  • Dismissal Without Prejudice-The complaint is dismissed but may be considered by the board in the future if there are ever allegations of a similar nature.

INVESTIGATION

  • The board can request an investigator be assigned to gather additional information surrounding the allegations made in the complaint. This may involve interviews with the respondent, the complainant, and possible witnesses.
  • After the investigation has been completed, an investigative report is prepared and presented to the board for consideration at a subsequent meeting.
  • Following the board’s review of the investigative report, a determination is made to either dismiss the complaint or take action in the form of a Cease and Desist or an Injunction.

CEASE & DESIST / INJUNCTION

  • The board may issue a Cease & Desist or seek an Injunction.
  • Cease & Desist–A letter from the administrative agency prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.
  • Injunction-A writ granted by a court prohibiting a person or business from doing or continuing to do a certain activity.

For more information, contact DLI Business Standards Division at 406-841-2300

Continuing Education

Approved Continuing Education

The Continuing Education Service allows both licensees and educators access to course information rapidly and securely. Licensees can check the status of their CE credits and view available courses online while educators are able to enter, monitor and submit course rosters for classes.

 

Continuing Education Topics

CE Approved Topics List

 

Lookup Reported Continuing Education Credits

Lookup Credits

(Choose appropriate board and enter license number)

 

Contact Information

Telephone: (406) 444-5696
E-Mail: dlibsdauditingunit@mt.gov

Education Requirements

Real Estate Education – Each new salesperson licensee is required to complete the new licensee mandatory continuing education requirement, commonly known as the 12-hour Rookie Course, within 120 days following their original license issue date.

Each active licensee is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing real estate education every licensing year.  The licensing year is from November 1 through October 31.

Property Management Education – New property management licensees are required to complete 12 hours of property management continuing education by the second renewal date following their original license issue date.  Four of the hours must consist of courses in property management trust accounts.

After satisfactorily completing NEW LICENSE CE (by second renewal), property manager licensees may satisfy continuing education courses approved by the board, whether designated as property management education or not.

Broker – Each broker licensee is required to complete a minimum of 12 hours of continuing real estate education every licensing year.  The licensing year is from November 1 through October 31.

Supervising Broker – A supervising broker endorsement will be issued to any broker completing the supervising broker pre-endorsement course.  Each licensing year, a supervising broker must complete 12 hours of continuing education. Four (4) of those hours must be board-approved education in the area of supervising broker continuing education as designated by the board.

FAQ

Salesperson

1. Must be at least l8 years of age.
2. Must provide evidence of completion of l0th grade education from an accredited high school or equivalent.
3. Must have completed 60 hours of pre-licensing instruction from a school and instructor approved by the Board.
4. Must have passed the Montana Salesperson Examination with a score of 80% on the uniform portion and 70% on the state portion.

After the requirements for licensure are met a completed application with the required documents and fees need to be sent to:  Board of Realty Regulation, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT  59620. Once everything is received in this office and it is complete, we will process your application and issue your license.  The application(s) can be found under the license information tab.

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Broker

1. Must be at least l8 years of age.
2.Must provide evidence of graduation from and accredited high school or equivalent.
3.Must have completed 60 hours of pre-licensing instruction for a school and instructor approved by the Board.
4.Must have passed the Montana Broker Examination with a score of 80% on the uniform portion and 80% on the state portion.
5.Must have two years experience as a licensed salesperson
6.Must have completed the following required activity criteria within 3 years of the date of application
Minimum of 30 residential real estate transactions
Minimum of 10 commercial, agricultural or farm & ranch real estate transactions

After the requirements for licensure are met a completed application with the required documents and fees need to be sent to:  Board of Realty Regulation, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT  59620. Once everything is received in this office and it is complete, we will process your application and issue your license.  The application(s) can be found under the license information tab.

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Property Manager

1. Must be at least 18 years of age.
2. Must provide evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or equivalent.
3. Must have completed the 30 hour property management course and passed the examination with a score of 80% or higher.

After the requirements for licensure are met a completed application with the required documents and fees need to be sent to:  Board of Realty Regulation, PO Box 200513, Helena, MT  59620. Once everything is received in this office and it is complete, we will process your application and issue your license. The application(s) can be found under the license information tab.

There are on-line courses as well as class room settings for education. Classroom courses are available throughout the state.

60 hours of pre-licensing instruction for Salespersons

60 hours of pre-licensing instruction for Brokers

Examination Information

The examination for all types of licenses is administered via computer by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. (AMP).  Please contact them for test sign-up, times, and locations.

Waiver of Examination Information

A waiver application may be submitted to determine if an applicant has a license in another state or jurisdiction with licensing standards substantially equivalent to Montana’s requirements.  The Board may approve to waive all or part of the required pre-licensing education and/or examination.

You can submit your transfer of license to another supervising broker by completing the Change Form on the Forms tab.  If you are a salesperson, you will need your previous broker’s signature and your new broker’s signature on the forms as well as the transfer fee.

To change your address or contact information, click on the "Change Address" link to the very right on the website page.  This will direct you to your online account (https://ebiz.mt.gov/pol/) with instructions or to a link for a form.

 

You may still renew your license by paying the applicable renewal fee plus a late fee.  You may renew an expired license within 2 years by paying the applicable renewal fee and late fees.  After 2 years, your license will Terminate, and you will not be able to renew.  You will then be required to re-apply for licensure and meet all licensure requirements.

You can complete a License Verification Request found under Services/Links on this website along with a $20.00 fee.

In order to obtain the supervising broker endorsement, you must be licensed as a broker and complete the 8-hour Supervising Broker Pre-endorsement Course.  The course offerings can be found on the home page of this website, Board Information.

This site is a primary source for verification of license credentials.

The Montana Department of Labor and Industry, Business Standards Division, presents Licensee Lookup information as a service to the public. The Division relies upon information provided by licensees to be true and correct, as required by statute. It is an act of unprofessional conduct for a licensee knowingly to provide erroneous information to the Division.

The Department of Labor and Industry makes no warranty or guarantee concerning the accuracy or reliability of the content of this website. Assessing the accuracy and reliability of information obtained from this website is solely the responsibility of the user. If you have questions regarding information found within this Licensee Lookup website, please contact the specific licensing board directly.

Please note that some disciplinary actions against licensees may not appear immediately on the website. Appeals, effective dates of orders and other administrative processes may delay posting on the website. Please contact the specific licensing board directly if you require discipline information that occurred prior to July 1, 1996.

The administrative suspension law that went into effect in July 2015 allows the board and department to suspend licenses of persons who:

  • submit fines or fees without sufficient funds in their account,
  • fail to meet continuing education or certification requirements as discovered in an audit,
  • fail to comply with a final order of the board, or
  • fail to respond to correspondence concerning these matters.

The Real Estate Recovery Account is to compensate consumers who suffer financial losses as a result of the actions of a real estate licensee.  It is used to provide payment of claims based on unsatisfied/unpaid judgements against licensees.  Whenever a person obtains a final judgement in any court against a real estate licensee, the person may file an application for payment from the account of not more than $25,000.