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Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your New Mexico Real Estate License

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in New Mexico is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

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How do I become a New Mexico Real Estate Associate Broker?

To get a New Mexico real estate Associate Broker license, you must complete the following steps as required by
the New Mexico Real Estate Commission:

How long does it take to get a New Mexico real estate license online?

The time it takes to get a New Mexico Associate Broker license can vary. It may take up to a few months to complete the required Pre-Licensing education, schedule and take the state licensing examination, find a Sponsoring Broker, and submit your request for license.

How much does it cost to get a New Mexico real estate license online?

In addition to tuition costs for the required Pre-Licensing education (which may vary per course provider), the state licensure examination fee is $95 for an Associate Broker, the fingerprinting fee is $44, and the New Mexico license application fee is $270.

What is the difference between a New Mexico Associate Broker & Qualifying Broker?

In most cases, an Associate Broker in New Mexico is less experienced than a Qualifying Broker. There are also more requirements to become a Qualifying Broker than there are to become an Associate Broker. For example, to become a Qualifying Broker, you must:

  • Be at least 18 years of age and a legal resident of the U.S. 
  • Pass the broker’s licensing examination.
  • In the case of a Qualifying Broker who will not be supervising or managing other brokers, have an active Associate Broker’s license for not less than two years during the 60-month period immediately preceding the filing of the application.
  • Qualifying Brokers must have an active Associate Broker’s or Qualifying Broker’s license for a period of four years before being eligible to supervise other brokers. 
  • Have documented qualifying transactional experience totaling 100 points, with at least one transaction accomplished during each of the four years prior to filing of the application. These transactions are to be verified in writing by the applicant’s Qualifying Broker.

Visit the Real Estate Commission website for more detail on the requirements to become a Qualifying Broker.

Can I become a New Mexico real estate Broker if I have felonies or misdemeanors?

The Real Estate Commission takes criminal records into consideration on a case-by-case basis. In most situations, you can’t become an Associate Broker if the criminal record includes a felony conviction and if fewer than three years have elapsed since the completion of a sentence or probation.

How old do you have to be to get a real estate license in New Mexico?

You must be at least 18 years old to become an Associate Broker in New Mexico.

Is residency in New Mexico required to receive a license in the state?

No, residency in New Mexico is not required to get a New Mexico real estate license.

What are the Continuing Education requirements for a New Mexico Associate Broker?

Associate Brokers must complete a total of 36 hours of Continuing Education each three-year cycle and Qualifying Brokers must complete 42 hours for each three-year cycle.

Where do I take my New Mexico real estate license exam?

PSI administers the New Mexico real estate licensing exam at multiple locations.

Is the New Mexico real estate exam hard?

The level of difficulty for real estate education varies for each student. That’s why it’s so important to enroll in Exam Prep Edge, an exam prep study tool, so that you not only know what is on the New Mexico real estate license exam, but you’ll have the confidence to ace it.

Can I get my New Mexico real estate license online?

Yes, the state of New Mexico allows a future Associate Broker or Qualifying Broker to earn their real estate license online. If you’re interested in getting your New Mexico real estate license online, see how you can get started today.

Does New Mexico have real estate license reciprocity with any other states?

New Mexico has reciprocity with Massachusetts, Louisiana, and Georgia. For prospective applicants from these states, the education portion of Pre-Licensing is waived. If you're not in one of these three states, you can still apply for an education waiver, but it must be approved by the New Mexico Real Estate commission.

New Mexico agents should learn as much as they can about reciprocity to streamline the application process. Applicants can also visit the New Mexico Regulation and Licensing Department website for more information.

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