How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Missouri

The first step to getting your real estate license in Missouri is to complete the required 48 hour Salesperson Pre-licensed Course. If you are in the Kanas City area there are a couple of options if you are interested in a classroom setting.

One option is The Real Estate Prep School. The Real Estate Prep School is located on North Oak Trafficway.

Another option is Career Education Systems. Career Education Systems is located in the Ward Parkway Shopping Center.

If you are interested in obtaining your certificate in a classroom setting, Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate does have scholarship opportunities available. In order to qualify for a scholarship you must first schedule an interview with a BHGKC Broker and be willing to commit to joining our team on a full time basis. Once an invitation to join our team has been extended you will be given a scholarship code that can be passed on to the education provider.

If you prefer to take the pre-license class on-line there are multiple schools to choose from. Here is a list  of the approved schools from the Missouri Real Estate Commission. Both of the schools above do provide on-line training but there is no scholarship available for the on-line program.

After you have completed your 48 hour Pre-License class you will be eligible to take the Missouri Real Estate Exam. The Missouri Real Estate Commission utilizes the Real Estate Examination Program administered by Applied Measurement Professionals, Inc. The testing center that services the greater Kansas City area is located in Olathe, KS. There are two portions to the test – National and State. The National exam is comprised of 100 multiple choice questions and the State exam is comprised of 40. To pass the National exam, you are required to score a 70% or higher. To pass the State exam a 75% or higher is required. If you fail to pass one of the tests, you will only be required to take that portion again. For example if you pass the National portion but not the State you will be required to return and take only the State portion of the test. To contact the testing center:

For inquiries and general registration information, you may contact AMP at:

Candidate Services
18000 W 105th Street
Olathe, KS 66061

In addition to the 48 hour pre-license course you will need to take the 24 hour Missouri Real Estate Practice Course.
In this class you will get exposed to some of the documents you will be using in the industry. You must include your certificate of class completion for the 24 hour class when applying for your license. The 24 hour class can be taken before or after taking your real estate exam.

The final step in applying for your Real Estate Salesperson License is the required fingerprinting for Missouri and Federal criminal history background check . All applicants for an original Missouri license are required to fingerprinted for a Missouri and federal criminal history background check. Therefore, all new applicants must contact the approved statewide vendor for fingerprinting prior to making application for licensure. First you must register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) at You will need to provide the MREC’s four digit registration number, 0004, in order to register to be fingerprinted. This will authorize the MO State Highway Patrol and the FBI to send the results to MREC. Upon registration, you will be directed to a list of fingerprinting locations available throughout the state.

Once the above items are complete its time to interview brokers. As a new agent, a good training program will certainly be a huge benefit. I think it is important to trust your instinct on synergy and environment when choosing an office.

Once all of the items are in place and you have chosen a company, the broker will need to sign your application for licensure. All items will be packaged along with the required fee and sent to the Missouri Division of Professional Registration. It will generally take 2-3 weeks to obtain your work permit. If you are ready to hit the ground running, you can drive to Jefferson City and get your work permit immediately if you do not have prior legal  issues that you have disclosed to the commission. If you are interested in contacting the Missouri Real Estate Commission here is their contact information:

3605 Missouri Boulevard
P.O. Box 1339
Jefferson City, MO  65102-1339
573.751.2628 Telephone
573.751.2777 Fax
800.735.2966 TTY
800.735.2466 Voice Relay

Keep in mind that complete application for license must be submitted within six months of the completion date of the 48-hour pre-exam salesperson course.

Please e-mail me at with any questions or concerns that you may have. I hope you have found this information helpful and you will consider interviewing with a Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate  broker!

If you have questions about what it takes to be a REALTOR ® , see my post Considering A Career In Real Estate?


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