PricingWhy use usBlogContact UsStudent Login

FAQ: Maine Frequently Ask Questions Real Estate License

Categories > Maine
  • About the 55-Hour Maine Real Estate sales agent Pre-License Course
  • Applying for a Maine Real Estate License
  • Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity in Maine
  • Getting Fingerprinted in Maine
  • How to Get a Maine Real Estate License
  • Maine License Qualifications / Requirements
  • Maine Real Estate License Renewal
  • Maine Real Estate Profession Questions
  • Maine Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • RealEstateU Questions in Maine
  • Scheduling Your Maine Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Maine Real Estate Licensing Exam

Maine Frequently Ask Questions Real Estate License

On this page you will find a full list of frequently asked questions about how to get your Maine real estate license, the Maine real estate salesperson course, how to prepare for the ME state exam, how to renew your ME real estate license, and general real estate profession questions.

About the 55-Hour Maine Real Estate sales agent Pre-License Course

Does the ME sales agent pre-license course have a final exam?

Yes! In fact, the sales agent course requires you to take three quizzes and one final exam. You must finish the course with an overall minimum grade of 75%.

What to do to earn the ME pre-license course completion certificate?

You must finish the sales agent qualifying course with an overall grade of at least 75% across the three quizzes and the final exam. A passing score earns you the course completion certificate essential for the next steps.

How many questions are on the ME pre-license course exams?

The exact number of questions on the sales agent course quizzes and final exam varies based on the current section of the course you are taking. The course administrator will let you know how many questions are on the different exams and the comprehensive final.

How will I receive the ME Course Completion Certificate?

If you are a RealEstateU student, the course completion certificate will be available for viewing and download in your account. All you need to do is login to the course after passing the final exam.

Where can I find approved pre-license course providers in ME?

The Maine Real Estate Commission published this list of approved course providers.

How does the MREC know that I have completed the ME pre-license course

You’ll need to turn in your sales agent course completion certificate dated within the last two years with your license application. Otherwise, the Commission won’t approve your sales agent license.

Will my pre-license school notify MREC that I completed the education?

No, it’s your responsibility to keep a copy of your sales agent course completion certificate and submit it with your license application. RealEstateU students will find their certificate at the ready in their account.

How long is my ME Course Completion Certificate valid for?

You have one year after finishing the course to take the Maine sales agent licensing exam. Register sooner rather than later, while all the information is fresh in your mind.

What course am I required to take to get a ME sales agent license?

All new sales agents must take a 55-hour sales agent qualifying course from an approved course provider. This course provides an overview of the business of real estate and equips you with essential information for work as a real estate professional.

How many hours of education are required to get a ME license?

The Maine Real Estate Commission requires all new sales agents to take a 55-hour basic real estate knowledge course.

How can I take the 55-hour ME real estate license course?

You can take the required 55-hour sales agent qualifying courses as a live, in-person classroom course or as a remote, online course. Many candidates decide to take an online course because of its flexibility and affordability.

Can I take the 55-hour ME real estate license course online?

Yes, you can take the 55-hour sales agent qualifying course online. It must be through an approved course provider.

Can I take the ME pre-license course if I'm still in high school?

Check with the course provider on their requirements. While the Maine Real Estate Commission requires you to have a diploma by the time you apply, it’s possible you could schedule the course and the exam before you graduate.

Can I apply my law degree to the ME pre-license education?

Maine does not enable practicing attorneys-at-law to apply their license towards the pre-license education for real estate.

Can I apply college credits to the ME pre-license course?

Maine does not accept college coursework as an equivalent to the real estate pre-license course.

Applying for a Maine Real Estate License

What are the requirements to apply for a ME real estate license?

To apply for a Sales Agent license in Maine, you will need: ● Sales Agent course completion certificate ● Sales Agent Exam Score Report showing you passed the test within the last year ● Maine agency affiliation information and broker authorization ● Pay a total $121 license application fee

How do I apply for my Maine real estate sales agent license?

Maine gives you two options to apply for the sales agent license. You can apply online or mail a paper application. An online application will process faster and be more convenient for you to complete.

Can I apply for the ME real estate sales agent license online?

Yes, you can apply online for the sales agent license. It’s the fastest and easiest way to submit your application. Maine also provides a paper application.

How much is the ME real estate sales agent license application?

The Maine sales agent license application is a total of $121 paid to the “Maine State Treasurer.” The fee includes your $100 application and $21 criminal history check fee.

What documents do I need to submit with my ME license application?

You'll need to include your Sales Agent Course Completion Certificate and official Sales Agent Exam Score Report with the application. If you answer yes to the disciplinary action disclosure, you'll need to include a detailed explanation and related documentation.

When should I file my license application with the ME Commission?

You will want to file the license application as soon as possible. You'll want to file your license application as soon as a Maine licensed broker has hired you. It will take some time for them to pull the criminal history report and process your application.

Can I get a Maine real estate license if I don't work for a broker?

No, you are required to work under the supervision of a Maine licensed broker. Part of your sales agent license application asks about your affiliating agency and needs the authorization of your broker.

What is the difference between an active and inactive license in ME?

An active license means you are certified to work as a real estate agent, perform real estate sales brokerage activities, and be compensated for your work. If you have an inactive license, you cannot engage in any real estate sales brokerage activities or earn any commission for your work.

How do I receive an inactive ME real estate license?

It is highly recommended to NOT get an inactive sales agent license. This type of license is only good for two years, is nonrenewable, and is required to hold before you can apply for an associate broker license. If you still want to be inactive, you need to fill out a change of license application and pay a $20 fee.

How do I receive an active Maine real estate sales agent license?

It is highly recommended to NOT get an inactive sales agent license. If you still want to be inactive, you need to fill out a change of license application and pay a $20 fee.

How do I change from an inactive to an active ME license?

You need to fill out a change of license application form to return to active status. You also need to meet certain continuing education requirements. Licensees who activate within six years of the initial inactive license meet Commission approved clock hours.

What’s the difference between a ME sales agent- and a broker license?

A sales agent is someone who is in their first two years of licensed work as a real estate professional in Maine. You have to work under the supervision of a broker. A broker's license means you have several years of experience, and you are able to hire employees to work under you.

Where can I check my Maine sales agent license application status?

You can go to the Maine online services portal for Regulatory Licensing & Permitting. Here you can check on the status of your application.

Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity in Maine

Can I get my Maine sales agent license if I have a prior conviction?

Whether or not you can get a Maine sales agent license depends on the nature of the convictions. Generally, anything that impacts your ability to competently and honestly engage in real estate brokerage activities can be grounds for denial by Maine Real Estate Commission.

What offenses disqualify me from receiving a ME sales agent License?

The Maine Real Estate Commission considers the criminal history record on a case-by-case basis. The MREC will deny licenses for convictions of any Class A, B, or C crime. Denial can happen if the conviction involves dishonesty or false statements or directly relates to the occupation.

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the ME Commission

Your prior criminal history will be revealed when the Maine Real Estate Commission runs your criminal history record. You should enclose documents in your license application related to the conviction and why you should be approved for the license.

When should I disclose any prior criminal activity to ME Commission?

Your Maine sales agent license application will disclose the prior criminal activity.

Getting Fingerprinted in Maine

Do I need to be fingerprinted in Maine to earn a sales agent’s license

You do not need to be fingerprinted as part of the sales agent licensing process. However, the Maine Real Estate Commission will run a criminal record check.

How to order my criminal record history for my ME sales agent license?

The sales agent application process has a section where you authorize the Office of Professional and Occupational Regulation to pull your criminal history records. They will order the report for you.

How to Get a Maine Real Estate License

How do I get my Maine real estate sales agent's license?

You must complete the following steps to earn your ME sales agent’s license: 1) Pass the 55-Hour ME pre-license sales agent course 2) Pass the ME sales agent state exam 3) Submit a sales agent license application with verifying paperwork

How much does it cost to get my ME sales agent's real estate license?

Once added up, it can cost as little as $605 to earn your Maine real estate sales agent license. These costs are spread out over the entire licensing process and not paid all upfront.

How long does it take to get my ME real estate license?

Earn your ME sales agent license in approx. 2 months. 1) Complete the 55-hour pre-license course online: 2-4 weeks. 2) Schedule and pass the ME state exam: 1-3 weeks. 3) Be hired by a Maine broker: 1-3 months. 4) Apply for your license. A time estimate is not available. Track your application progress online.

What tests do I need to take to get my ME real estate license?

You must take three quizzes and one final exam during the pre-license course. Passing these is required for earning your course completion certificate. You'll also need to pass the state licensing exam, which has a total of 120 questions.

Can I complete the ME sales agent license application online?

Yes, you can! Maine’s Real Estate Commission offers sales agent applicants the option to apply online or to submit a paper application.

Maine License Qualifications / Requirements

How old do I have to be to get a ME real estate license?

You can earn a sales agent license once you are at least 18 years of age when submitting the license application.

Do I need a high school diploma to get my ME real estate license?

Yes, Maine’s Real Estate Commission requires you have a high school diploma or its equivalent.

Can I get a Maine real estate license if I'm not a state resident?

Yes, non-residents can earn a Maine real estate license. You do need to work under a Maine licensed designated broker.

Where can I find regulatory information about ME real estate licenses?

You can find all of the laws and rules related to real estate on the Office of Professional and Financial Regulation website. This webpage collects all of the Real Estate Commission regulations. You can find the Real Estate Brokerage License Act under the Maine Statutes Title 32, Chapter 114.

Maine Real Estate License Renewal

How do I renew my Maine real estate license?

You have to apply to become an associate broker at the end of your two-year sales agent license. You cannot renew a sales agent license. The process requires you to complete a 60-hour associate broker course, a documented field experience form, and pay a $121 license application fee.

How much does it cost to renew my ME real estate license?

Sales agents have to apply to become an associate broker at the end of their two-year license. The cost will be $121. Once an associate broker, the renewal fee will be $100 every two years for an active license.

How often do I have to renew my ME real estate license?

Your Maine professional real estate license is good for two years. You will be emailed a reminder at least 30 days prior to your license expiration date.

What are the CE requirements for first-time renewals in ME?

A sales agent license is only good for two years. You must renew as an associate broker. To qualify, you must complete a post-license course before the two-year renewal is up. If you fail to take this post-license course, you will be unable to renew as a sales agent and will no longer practice real estate.

What are the CE requirements for inactive licensees inn ME?

Inactive associate broker license holders still have to renew their license every two years. You will have to update your education and pay a $100 renewal fee when you are ready to change back to active status.

What are the CE requirements for active licensees in ME?

For your first time sales agent license renewal, you will actually be applying to become an associate broker. You must complete a 60-hour associate broker course within those two years. You must pass the course with a minimum final grade of 75% and turn in a documented field experience form.

How soon can I renew my ME real estate license?

The Maine Real Estate Commission will send you an email at least 30 days before your license expires. You can go online to the Regulatory Licensing and Permitting Services portal to initiate your license renewal.

What happens if I do not renew my ME license on time?

Maine provides you with a 90-day grace period to renew your license. You will be charged a $50 late fee on top of the $100 renewal fee. If you fail to renew within this 90-day window, your license will expire. You will need to take the state licensing exam and sales application again.

How do I reinstate an expired real estate license in ME?

Anyone who has an expired sales agent license will be unable to reinstate their license. Otherwise, you will need to retake the Maine Law examination and resubmit a license application.

Maine Real Estate Profession Questions

What can I do with my Maine real estate license?

A Maine real estate salesperson license legally enables you to engage in real estate brokerage activities as defined by the Real Estate Brokerage Act. As a real estate sales agent, you must be supervised by a designated broker and be affiliated with an agency.

When is a real estate license required in Maine?

A real estate salesperson license is required when you want to represent a buyer or seller in a real estate transaction and earn a commission or compensation for the services.

What must I do in ME if I transfer affiliated agencies?

To change your agency affiliation, you'll need to turn in a change of license application to the Maine Real Estate Commission. The processing fee is $20. Your new designated broker must sign the application.

Maine Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees

Does Maine have a reciprocity agreement with other states?

Maine does not have any specific reciprocal licensing agreements, but it does allow anyone who is a current inactive real estate license holder and another state to apply and be issued a license once they meet certain requirements.

How can I get a ME license if I’m already licensed in another state?

Maine allows current real estate license holders to apply for a reciprocal license. You need to: ● Be at least 18 years old when you apply ● Have a high school diploma or its equivalent ● Pass the Maine Law examination administered by Pearson VUE ●Verification of licensure from any states you hold a real estate license

How can I earn a ME real estate license if I'm not a ME resident?

You must follow the same steps as a Maine resident to earn a sales agent license. All non-residents must still be affiliated with a Maine licensed real estate agency to perform brokerage activities in the state.

RealEstateU Questions in Maine

Is the RealEstateU Maine pre-license course state-approved?

Yes, Real Estate U is a recently approved pre-license course provider. We offer the 55-hour course for $399. Our course is offered online for maximum flexibility with your schedule.

Scheduling Your Maine Real Estate Licensing Exam

Can I schedule the Maine exam without taking the pre-license course?

While you theoretically could schedule the exam, you won’t be able to sit the test on the exam day without your course completion certificate. You have to bring it with you to the exam appointment.

How long do I have after finishing the course to pass the ME exam?

Your course completion certificate for the sales agent course is valid for one year. You must schedule and pass the exam within this window.

How do I schedule my ME real estate sales agent licensing exam?

The fastest and most convenient way to schedule your sales agent licensing exam is by visiting https://home.pearsonvue.com/me/realestate. You can also call 877-543-5220 for telephone scheduling.

How much does the ME real estate sales agent license exam cost?

The sales agent exam fee is $85 paid directly to Pearson VUE using a credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. Payment is not accepted at the test center. The test fee is nonrefundable.

How do I pay for the ME state licensing exam?

You will directly pay Pearson VUE, the state’s exam provider, using a credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check. Pearson VUE accepts Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discover cards. All payment must be received before the exam. Payment is not accepted at the test center.

How long does it take to register and schedule my ME license exam?

You can have an exam date set within an hour. The easiest way to register is to go to Pearson VUE online. Set up an account, pick the exam, set the date, and pay the fee. You can also call 877-543-5220 to register and pay the fee.

Where can I find test centers for the ME real estate licensing exam?

Test centers are available in Bangor, Presque Isle, Westbrook, Boston, Concord, and Woburn. You can find specific addresses by visiting the Pearson VUE website or in the Candidate Information Bulletin.

Do I need to take the ME state exam if I’m licensed in another state?

Yes. All real estate license candidates, even those currently licensed in other states, are required to at least take the Maine Law portion of the state licensing exam with Pearson VUE.

How do I change or cancel my ME state exam appointment?

If you need to make a change to your Maine licensing exam appointment, it must be done at least 48 hours in advance, or you will forfeit the exam fee. To make the change, you can call Pearson VUE at 877-543-5220.

Taking the Maine Real Estate Licensing Exam

How many questions are on the ME state sales agent licensing exam?

The Maine Sales Agent Pre-licensure Exam consists of two sections. The National section will ask 80 multiple-choice questions. The state section will ask 40 multiple-choice questions. You need a scaled score of at least 75 to pass.

What is included on the Maine state sales agent licensing exam?

You will be tested on national and state real estate-related content. Topics include property ownership, land use controls, financing, market analysis, property disclosures, and contracts. State-specific questions ask about the Commission, licensing laws, law of agency, principles and practices, and land use law.

Do I need to bring a calculator to the ME State Exam?

You don't need to bring a calculator to the exam, but you are allowed to. It must be silent, handheld, non-printing, and without an alphabetic keypad. The test center staff will not provide a calculator.

What do I need to bring to the ME state sales agent license exam?

You will need to bring (2) forms of identification. One must be state or federal government-issued, like a driver’s license or passport. The secondary form can be another primary ID or something which contains your signature, like a credit or debit card. Bring your course completion certificate, too.

Are there any testing accommodations available for the ME State Exam?

Pearson VUE can accommodate testing modifications in accordance with the ADA. Anyone requesting accommodations must go online to Pearson VUE to make an accommodations request. Be ready to submit documentation from a medical authority or specialist about your limitations.

Can I take the ME State Exam if I don't have an employing broker?

Yes, you can still take the state licensing exam if a real estate broker has not hired you. You'll need to work on being hired after you pass the exam.

What are the exam policies at the Maine Pearson VUE testing center?

Only approved items are allowed in the testing center. Personal belongings must be placed in the provided secure storage. No food, drink, smoking, or gum is allowed in the exam room. See the Candidate Bulletin for a full list of test center policies.

Do my ME State Exam results expire?

Yes, your Maine sales agent license exam results are only good for one year. You'll need to finish the application process within this timeframe.

I just passed my ME real estate exam; now what?

Congratulations on passing the seals agent licensing exam. You now have one year to apply for your license. To submit your application, you will need to be hired by a Maine licensed broker.

How will the Maine Real Estate Commission know my exam results?

With your sales agent license application, you must turn in your official sales agent exam score report. Without proof that you have passed the state licensing exam, the Commission will not approve your license.

How many times can I retake the ME state sales agent license exam?

You can retake the Maine sales agent licensing exam as many times as you need to, as long as you do it within one year of the date on your course completion certificate.

How long does it take to get my ME State Exam results?

You will know how you did on the licensing exam before you leave the Pearson VUE test center. The score reports will be marked “pass” or “fail.” Passing candidates receive information on applying for the license. Candidates who did not receive a numeric score and some diagnostic information.

I failed my ME real estate sales agent exam. Can I take it again?

Yes. You are allowed to retake the Maine sales agent exam as many times as you need to, but you have to do it within one year of the date you finished the pre-license course. You can take both sections or just one section of the exam.

How do I retake the ME State Exam if I previously failed?

You will follow the same steps as you did when you initially registered for the sales agent exam. Log in to your Pearson VUE account to find the nearest test center and available testing date. You'll repay the full exam fee.

How much does it cost to retake the ME State Exam?

The Maine sales agent licensing exam is $85 each time you schedule the test.

I failed one portion of the ME exam. Do I have to retake both sections

You can retake just the section you need to pass. You still register for the full exam, but Pearson VUE will make sure that you just retake the section you need to.

Can't find your answer?

Get in touch
Categories > Maine
  • About the 55-Hour Maine Real Estate sales agent Pre-License Course
  • Applying for a Maine Real Estate License
  • Disclosing Prior Criminal Activity in Maine
  • Getting Fingerprinted in Maine
  • How to Get a Maine Real Estate License
  • Maine License Qualifications / Requirements
  • Maine Real Estate License Renewal
  • Maine Real Estate Profession Questions
  • Maine Reciprocity and Out-of-State Licensees
  • RealEstateU Questions in Maine
  • Scheduling Your Maine Real Estate Licensing Exam
  • Taking the Maine Real Estate Licensing Exam

A Simple and Affordable Way
To Get Your
  • New York
  • California
  • Texas
  • Pennsylvania
  • Michigan
  • Virginia
  • Georgia
  • Florida
  • Missouri
  • Tennessee
  • New York

Real Estate License

Change careers or earn extra income on the side