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How To Get Your Maryland Real Estate License 

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Maryland Salesperson License

Getting your Maryland real estate license might seem daunting, but we’re here to guide you through the process.

Read on to learn about the five steps you’ll need to complete before starting your career in Maryland real estate. To learn about how much it costs to get your real estate license, visit our Maryland Pre-Licensing pricing page.

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To start:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You must of good character and reputation.

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average MD real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time Maryland real estate agent salary is $92,290 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in Maryland? Future agents who spend about 20 hours per week on coursework can be licensed in as little as 3-4 weeks.
  • You can use the Maryland Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.


  1. Complete 60 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    To start, you need to successfully complete an approved 60 clock-hour Pre-Licensing salesperson course. Learn more about your package options here.

    For licensed attorneys, those that have received a degree from a university with a major course of study in real estate, or those with a current license in another jurisdiction seeking licensure in Maryland, please see the Maryland Real Estate Commission for detailed education and examination requirements for each candidate’s situation.

  2. Pass the course final exam in the presence of a proctor.

    After you complete all course materials and meet the minimum time requirements, you must pass a course final exam. This exam consists of 110 questions and the minimum passing score is 70%.

    You must take this final exam in the presence of a proctor, and you’ll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our online proctoring process here.

  3. Pass the Maryland Real Estate Salesperson Examination.

    Within one year of completing your 60-hour Pre-Licensing course, you must take and pass both portions of the Maryland salesperson licensing exam.

    The National portion of this exam consists of 80 questions and a 90-minute time allowance. The State portion consists of 30 questions and a 30-minute time allowance. For more information, see the PSI Candidate Information Bulletin.

    Do you need help passing your Maryland real estate exam? The CE Shop also offers comprehensive Exam Prep tailored to Maryland. If you have any additional questions, visit our Maryland real estate exam frequently asked questions page.

  4. Choose a Sponsoring Broker.

    As you go through the process of earning your license, you’ll need to be affiliated with a Broker so you can practice when licensed. Choosing the right Broker is a key factor in becoming a successful Maryland real estate agent, which is why it is important to have the right fit. Here are some questions to consider when searching for a Sponsoring Broker:

    • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
    • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
    • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
    • How do they support their agents with education and training?
    • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
    • Do they offer benefits?
    • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
    • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?

    If you aren’t sure how to find the right Sponsoring Broker to work with as you launch your Maryland real estate career, Agent Start can help. While taking Pre-Licensing courses with The CE Shop, you will be given the option to enroll in Agent Start, which aims to help connect you with our Broker partners in your state that are looking for new agents.

  5. Complete the online application.

    Once you passed your licensing exam and have a sponsoring broker, you will officially apply for your Maryland real estate salesperson license with the Department of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation. The online application can be accessed here.

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