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Requirements for Becoming a Real Estate Agent in Missouri

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To become a real estate agent in Missouri, you must complete 72 hours of coursework, pass two exams and submit an application for license. There are ways for licensed attorneys and out-of-state agents to expedite the process of getting a Missouri license.

Traditional Agent Requirements

The first step in the traditional licensing path is to complete a 48-hour pre-examination course. This course covers a variety of property law and real estate practice topics. The Missouri Real Estate Commission website has lists of approved classroom-based programs as well as many online and correspondent courses. The next step is to complete the Missouri licensing exam, which includes two parts. Scheduled computer testing is available through four centers located in Jefferson City, Kansas City, Springfield and St. Louis. You also have to complete the 24-hour Missouri Real Estate Practice Course before or after applying for your license. The commission website lists available MREP class locations as well. Once all of the requirements are met, you have up to six months to apply for your license, according to the MREC.

Alternative Licensing Paths

Because much of the training is on property law, the educational requirements for real estate licensing are waived for licensed attorneys. A current bar card is required with application. People licensed in another jurisdiction can apply for a Missouri real estate license by passing the Missouri licensing exam and completing the 24-hour MREP course. Regardless of your license application process, you must submit to fingerprinting and pass an extensive criminal background check. Legal knowledge, communication skills, attention to detail and marketing skills are qualities needed in real estate.