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

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”). 

As a result of the State of Emergency, the Maryland Real Estate Commission (“Commission”) issued guidance on requirements in the Code of Maryland Regulations (“COMAR”) that have been or may be impacted:

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.

On March 9, 2021, the Governor issued Executive Order No. 21-03-09-03 addressing the extension of certain licenses, permits, registrations, and other governmental authorizations. Executive Order No. 21-03-09-03 extends expiration dates for said licenses, permits, registrations, and other authorizations, including those issued by the Commission. Any license issued by the Commission which was set to expire during the State of Emergency now expires June 15, 2021. 

As a result of Executive Order No. 21-03-09-03, the Commission is revising its previous guidance regarding COMAR 09.11.01.09 and 09.11.01.12. This guidance supersedes any previously issued guidance on this matter.  

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 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 until December 13, 2021 to take the final licensing exam. 

Persons falling within the definition of Group B shall until July 15, 2021 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.

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