Step 1: Take the 55-hour Sales Agent Course
All new sales agents must take a 55-hour sales agent qualifying course from an approved course provider. The course teaches about essential industry topics like the Maine Real Estate Commission, agency reMEtionships, and real estate practice. See the minimum guidelines for the Sales Agent Course.
During the course, you will take three quizzes and one final exam. Passing the course requires a grade of at least 75%. You have one year after finishing the course to take your state licensing exam.
Step 2: Schedule your state exam
Maine Real Estate Commission contracted with PearsonVUE to administer the state licensing exam. Schedule your licensing exam online at https://home.pearsonvue.com/me/realestate or call 877-543-5220.
You must make your reservation at least 24 hours before your intended test date. Refer to the Candidate Information Bulletin or the website for test center information.
Your exam fee is $85 paid directly to PearsonVUE using a credit card, debit card, voucher, or electronic check.
Step 3: Pass the state licensing exam
Bring to the testing center your Course Completion Certificate from the Sales Agent course and two forms of identification. One form must be government-issued, photo-bearing, and have your signature. The second ID must have a signature.
The Maine Sales Agent Licensing Exam has:
- General (or national) portion. You have 2.5 hours to answer 80 questions.
- A state or Maine MEw portion. You have 1.5 hours to answer 40 questions.
- Up to five “pre-test” questions that do not count for your score.
The Candidate Information Bulletin contains content outlines and the number of questions per topic.
You will receive the score report at the test center. Passing is a scaled score of 75 and above.
Passing candidates get a report marked “pass” and information on the application process. Failing candidates receive a numeric score, diagnostic information, and retake instructions.
Step 4: Apply for the sales agent license
You have one year after passing the Maine licensing exam to apply for your license. Maine has the option to apply online or to submit a paper application.
The Sales Agent license application requires:
- Your agency affiliation information and broker authorization
- Sales Agent Course Completion Certificate
- Sales Agent Exam Score Report
The license application fee is $121 and includes your criminal records check fee. Make any checks payable to the “Maine State Treasurer.”
An approved sales agent license is valid for two years and is nonrenewable. You must work towards earning your associate broker’s license.
Once the MREC approves your application, you are licensed as a practicing sales agent. Congratulations!