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Licensing Exam and Application Deadlines during the Maryland State of Emergency and Catastrophic Health Emergency - Real Estate Commission

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On March 5, 2020, a state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency was declared in Maryland to control and prevent the spread of COVID-19 (hereinafter the said state of emergency and catastrophic health emergency shall be referred to as the “State of Emergency”). While some licensing deadlines were extended by executive order, there are other requirements in the Code of Maryland Regulations (“COMAR”) that have been or may be impacted, which the Maryland Real Estate Commission (“Commission”) wishes to address:

COMAR 09.11.01.09 Instruction in Real Estate Principles and Practices for Salespersons.
F. Effective July 1, 1995, applicants who have passed both parts of the licensing exam shall apply for licensure within 1 year of successfully completing the exam in order for the applicants' test results to remain valid.
G. Completion of Examination. An applicant for a salesperson's license shall have
1 year from completion of a prelicensing education course to pass both portions of the salesperson licensing examination ...

COMAR 09.11.01.12 Instruction in Real Estate Principles and Practice for Brokers.
H. Licensing Examination. An applicant for a broker's license shall have 1 year from full completion of prelicensing education requirements to pass both portions of the broker licensing examination ...
I. Application for Licensure. An applicant who has successfully completed both portions of the licensing exam shall apply for licensure within 1 year of successfully completing the exam in order for the applicant's test results to remain valid.

Persons at issue fall into two groups. The first is those who have completed the prelicensing course (salesperson or broker) and now need to take the final licensing exam, administered by PSI Service, LLC, but were unable to take the exam within the one (1) year period because of the State of Emergency. This group shall hereinafter be referred to as Group A. The second group is comprised of those who have passed the final licensing exam but did not apply for licensure within the one (1) year period because of the State of Emergency. This group shall hereinafter be referred to as Group B.

In light of the State of Emergency, the Commission has determined that both Group A and Group B are entitled to some leniency with regards to the deadlines in COMAR 09.11.01.09 and 09.11.01.12.

To that end, the Commission has determined that persons falling within the definition of Group A shall have six (6) months from the end of the State of Emergency to take the final licensing exam.

Persons falling within the definition of Group B shall have thirty (30) days from the end of the State of Emergency to submit applications for licensure. PLEASE NOTE, HOWEVER, THAT APPLICATIONS ARE BEING RECEIVED AND PROCESSED BY THE COMMISSION DURING THE STATE OF EMERGENCY. SO, IF THE APPLICANT IS ABLE, THE COMMISSION’S RECOMMENDATION IS THAT THE APPLICATION BE SUBMITTED TIMELY.

At this time, the Commission does not anticipate any other exceptions to licensing application requirements will be made. For example, if an applicant for a reciprocal license has verification from another state which has expired, a renewed verification must be submitted.

If you have any questions, please contact the Commission at 410-230-6200.