About Reciprocity and Out-of-State License Recognition in Maryland - Real Estate Commission
Download the Original Application for Reciprocal Real Estate License (Word)
Maryland Annotated Code of Maryland, Business and Occupations, Article 17-3A- Reciprocity
In accordance with Title 17-3A of the Annotated Code of Maryland, the following is a list of states with which the Maryland Real Estate Commission has signed a reciprocal agreement:
The terms of a reciprocal agreement are specific and must be met. View basic terms and download the application and instructions for these states only.
For all other states, apply for an Out-of-State License Recognition (Waiver).
To qualify for a Maryland license under a reciprocal agreement, the basic terms are as follows:
- You must have gained your first license in a state with a reciprocal agreement with MREC
- You must submit a full and complete certified license history with the application
- Your license must be current and active
- A broker needs a Maryland license before any associate brokers or salespersons may apply
- Associate brokers and salespersons must submit a letter from the sponsoring broker with the application
- The broker's business address CANNOT be in Maryland
- Your category of license in your state will be the category you apply for in Maryland
- If your license expires or goes inactive in your state, a reciprocal license becomes void
- Licensees holding a reciprocal license under the MD-PA agreement are excused from exams and continuing education
- Licensees holding a reciprocal license under the MD-OK agreement must pass the state portion of the exam, but are excused from continuing education
- Reciprocal licensure is not automatic; application must be made and fee paid
- If the principal place of business moves to Maryland, reciprocal licensees who have not previously taken an exam must do so
- The term of a reciprocal license is two years
- Applicants for a reciprocal license agree to other terms stated in §17-3A
Disclaimer: The information on this page is not to be construed as legal advice by the Maryland Real Estate Commission, the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, or the Office of the Attorney General. Rather, it is being listed for informational purposes only. For responses to any factual situations, please contact your attorney.
Frequently Asked Questions - Reciprocal Licensure
- Does Maryland issue reciprocal licenses?
- With what states does the Commission have signed reciprocal agreements?
- Is the Commission negotiating with any other states?
- Has any state advised the Commission that it cannot or will not enter into a reciprocal agreement?
1. Does Maryland issue reciprocal licenses?
Title 17,§17-3A authorizes the Maryland Real Estate Commission to enter into reciprocal agreements with other states and issue reciprocal licenses to out-of-state licensees.
Applicants from the states that have agreed to credit Maryland's requirements without imposing further education, experience or examination requirements on Maryland applicants will not be required to complete any additional education experience or examination requirements in Maryland.
Applicants from states that require Maryland applicants to complete additional education, experience or examination requirements, will be required to complete similar education, experience or examination requirements in Maryland in order to be licensed.
2. With what states does the Commission have signed reciprocal agreements?
The Maryland Real Estate Commission has entered into reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania and Oklahoma at the present time.
4. Has any state advised the Commission that it cannot or will not enter into a reciprocal agreement?
Delaware has advised that they do not have the authority to enter into a reciprocal agreement. We will be contacting each state or may be contacted by other states in the near future.
Apply for Reciprocal License (download) RECIPROCAL APPLICATION(s) (Word)
Out-of-State License Recognition — How Does An Out-of-State Licensee Apply for Licensure in Maryland? — Maryland Real Estate Commission
The Commission only has reciprocal agreements with Pennsylvania and Oklahoma. Individuals actively licensed in all other states may start the process by providing a certificate of full licensing history from the state where they were first licensed and are currently licensed. Send the history document (original only, not a copy) to us within 30 days of its issue date by your home state along with a cover letter, personally signed, with your mailing address and complete contact information, including an email address. Send to the Education Administrator, Maryland Real Estate Commission, 500 North Calvert Street, Baltimore, MD 21202-3651. Do not fax or email this information. If qualified, you will be sent all information needed to register for the exam. Education and experience from a home state are reviewed for transferability, individually for each applicant. Waivers may be offered only to active licensees.