Frequently Asked Questions


Maine Licensing

How do I get a real estate license in Maine?

The Sales Agent license is a two-year, non-renewable entry-level license intended for individuals to obtain practical training while working towards an Associate Broker license. Eligibility criteria include completing a 55-hour Sales Agent Course (Fast Track or Online)  with a minimum grade of 75%, passing the Pearson VUE exam with a score of 75% or higher, and applying to the Maine Real Estate Commission. Applicants must be at least 18 years old, hold a high school diploma or its equivalent, and have a reputation for honesty, integrity, fairness, and competence. For information on the Pearson VUE exam, consult the Pearson VUE Dec 2022 Candidate Handbook.


What happens to my license after the first two years?

The Associate Broker license, which is a step above the Sales Agent license, is permanent, issued for two years, and renewable. 

To progress to an Associate Broker license, applicants must have accumulated two years of experience working as a licensed Sales Agent, successfully completed a 60-hour Associate Broker Course with a grade of 75% or higher, fulfilled 40 hours of Documented Field Experience., and submitted their application to the Maine Real Estate Commission.

The Real Estate Learning Group provides the Associate Broker Course in a hybrid format of online self-study and four in-class workshops.


What if I want to become Designated Broker of a real estate agency?

The Maine Broker license permits full brokerage services, including acting as a designated broker for an agency. This license is a two-year, renewable license.

To obtain the Maine Broker license, one must provide evidence of having worked as an associate broker for two years within the past five years, successfully complete a 50-hour Designated Broker Course with at least a 75% grade, and submit an application to the Maine Real Estate Commission.

The course also qualifies for 18 hours of Continuing Education, making it beneficial for current brokers seeking a refresher.



Maine Continuing Education

What are the continuing education requirements in Maine?

In Maine, Associate Broker and Broker licensees must complete 21 hours of approved continuing education every two years. Three of these hours must be the Core Course.



Effective April 1, 2023 the Real Estate Commission core course requirement is “Buyer Relationships Core Course”.

The course noted above is required if:

- your license expiration date is on or after April 1, 2023 (even if you renew before April 1, 2023).

- your license has expired and you renew on or after April 1, 2023.

- you activate a license on or after April 1, 2023. 


Can I carry over "extra CE credit hours" for my next license renewal? 

The answer is no.  CE hours completed prior to your renewal only apply to that renewal cycle.  Your clock hours for your next renewal begins on or after the issue date of your license.


What happens if I have not completed my 21 hours of CE when my license expires?

You are not able to renew your license until the CE hours, including the applicable Core Course has been completed.  You have up to 90 calendar days from your license expiration date to complete your CE, and then submit a late renewal with an additional $50 late fee. 



Please refer all specific questions regarding renewal, continuing education and core course requirements to the Real Estate Commission at (207) 624-8518.

The Real Estate Learning Group offers both classroom and online options for approved continuing education courses. Classroom offerings are often free for you to attend; online course are always available and you may print your completion certificate the instant you finish.




I have an active real estate license from a state other than Maine. How do I get a reciprocal real estate license in Maine?

If you have an active, good-standing real estate license in another state, you may be eligible for a reciprocal license in Maine. Qualification requires an active license when applying for the Maine license, proven with a Certificate of Licensure—not a license copy. The Maine license will be valid for two years and can be renewed.

For reciprocity, you must pass the Maine Law Exam by Pearson VUE (Pearson VUE Dec 2022 Candidate Handbook) and submit an application to the Maine Real Estate Commission with a certificate of licensure from any state where you've been licensed. The Real Estate Learning Group provides an online prep course for the Maine Law Exam (Maine Law Exam Prep Course)

Submit an application to the Maine Real Estate Commission including a certificate of license from each state in which you now hold or have held a real estate license.

New Hampshire Continuing Education

NH Real Estate License FAQ: What are the continuing education requirements in New Hampshire?



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