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How To Get Your Minnesota Real Estate License 

5 Steps Toward Getting Your Minnesota Salesperson License

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

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

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To start, you must be at least 18 years of age.

Quick Facts:

  • What is the average MN real estate agent salary? According to, the average full time Minnesota real estate agent salary is $83,806 per year.
  • How long does it take to get a real estate agent license in Minnesota? 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 Minnesota Real Estate Agent License Lookup Tool to verify an agent's license status.

  1. Complete 90 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education.

    Successfully complete an approved 90 clock hour Pre-Licensing course, with 3 parts at 30 hours each. You may take the licensing exam (step 3) after completing Course I. Course II and III must be completed before applying for a license (step 5). Learn more about your package options here.

  2. Pass the course final exam.

    After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirement, and pass the practice exam, there is a course final exam. The minimum passing score is 75%. This final must be taken in the presence of a proctor, and you'll need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance. Find out more about our proctoring process here.

  3. Pass the Minnesota real estate examination.

    Pearson VUE administers the Minnesota salesperson real estate licensing exam. This 130 question test is comprised of two portions, covering both general and state requirements.

    You will have 4 hours to take the exam, 2.5 hours for the general portion and 1.5 hours to complete the state portion. For more information, see the Pearson VUE candidate exam information here.

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

  4. Select a sponsoring broker.

    To be licensed, you must first be associated with a current and active Minnesota sponsoring broker. It's important to find the right broker to work with since this person will serve as your mentor as you start your new career in real estate. Here are some questions to consider during your search:

    • 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?
  5. Complete the application.

    Lastly, to apply for your Minnesota Real Estate Salesperson license with the Commerce Department, click here.


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