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The Maryland Real Estate Academy

Becoming a real estate agent in Maryland is as simple as getting your license and getting to work selling real estate! As long as you fulfill the below requirements, you are already on your way to your goal.

Becoming a real estate agent in Maryland is as simple as getting your license and getting to work selling real estate! As long as you fulfill the below requirements, you are already on your way to your goal.

Maryland Real Estate License Requirements

The requirements to become a real estate agent in Maryland are:

  • Be a citizen of the United States or a lawfully admitted alien
  • Be 18 years of age or older
  • Be of good character and reputation

How to Get Your Real Estate License in Maryland

Step 1. Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course

To start, you need to successfully complete an approved pre-licensing salesperson course.

Maryland requires that real estate sales agents complete 60 hours of pre-licensing coursework prior to sitting for their exam.

Maryland Real Estate Academy offers the course in person as well as through our online portal. Our in person classes are offered from our Arbutus Training Center located at 1424 Sulphur Spring Road, Baltimore, MD 21227. We offer both evening and day time classes throughout the year. The online course is self-paced and includes study materials like real estate practice exams and flashcards. There are many options including a “guarantee” that you will pass the exam if you complete the course. These benefits are all dependent on the package you choose, so be sure to get the course that best suits your needs.

Remember that the point of these courses isn’t just to check a box and complete a requirement, but rather to prepare you to pass your exam and become a better agent.

Maryland is one of the few states that require the final pre-license exam to be supervised by a proctor. This is not the same as the state exam. This test is provided by the Maryland Real Estate Academy and is an indication that you have completed and retained the information from your pre-license education course.

Similar to the state exam, this test is closed-book and closed-note. You are allowed a basic-function calculator and scratch paper, but no cell phones or outside internet access.

You can take this test in your own home, but you must have a proctor overseeing you when sitting for the test. When purchasing your real estate pre-license course, check to see if a proctor is included in your education package.

Step 2. Maryland Real Estate License Exam

After you’ve completed your pre-license education, it’s now time to take the Maryland Real Estate Exam.

The fee to take the exam is $44 per attempt.

The Maryland Real Estate Exam consists of 110 questions. This includes 80 for the National portion and 30 for the State portion.

You will have 120 minutes (2 hours) to complete the entire exam. The National section time is 90 minutes (1.5 hours), and the State section time is 30 minutes (.5 hours) A passing score for the Maryland Real Estate Salesperson Exam is 56/80 on the National section and 21/30 on the State section.

Immediately after completing your exam, you will receive a scoring document that states whether you passed or failed. If it is marked “Fail,” then you will see a breakdown of your score in the different areas of the exam. If you decide to retake the exam, use this as a guide for your studies.

How Hard is the Maryland Real Estate Exam?

The passing rate for the Maryland Real Estate Broker Exam is 70%. This test is purposefully difficult, but not impossible. Be sure to pay attention during your pre-license course and take studying seriously. If you put the proper effort forth, we know that you can pass on your first attempt!

Step 3. Real Estate License Application

After you’ve passed your examination, you are ready to complete your license application.

The fee for this application is $90.

You can fill out your application online using the Maryland Real Estate Original License.

Step 4. Application Review

Once you’ve passed your exam, you will only need to wait for your license to be issued. In most cases, this process should take 10 business days. After this, you should receive an email from MREC with a license document. If you have any questions at this point, you should contact TREC at (410) 230-6230 or


Be sure to take some time to celebrate your accomplishment. You’ve put in a lot of work and effort and deserve a celebration!

Step 5. Real Estate License Sponsorship

When you receive your initial real estate license in Maryland, your license will be in an “inactive” status. This means that you cannot transact real estate yet.

In order to “activate” your license, you will need to be sponsored by a licensed Real Estate Broker in Maryland.

All licensees that pass their real estate license exam have an opportunity to interview with our affiliate company, RE/MAX Ikon.

MDL – Maryland Department of Labor

Mailing Address:

Maryland Real Estate Commission North Calvert Street
Baltimore, MD 21202

Phone: (410) 230-6230