§73-35-7. Qualifications for license
Licenses shall be granted only to persons who present, and to corporations, partnerships, companies or associations whose officers, associates or partners present satisfactory proof to the commission that they are trustworthy and competent to transact the business of a real estate broker or real estate salesperson in such manner as to safeguard the interests of the public.
Every person who applies for a resident license as a real estate broker:
(a) shall be age twenty-one (21) years or over, and have his legal domicile in the State of Mississippi at the time he applies;
(b) shall be subject to the jurisdiction of this state, subject to the income tax laws and other excise laws thereof, subject to the road and bridge privilege tax laws thereof;
(c) shall not be an elector in any other state;
(d) shall have held a license as an active real estate salesperson for twelve (12) months immediately prior to making application for the broker’s examination hereafter specified;
(e) shall have successfully completed a minimum of one hundred twenty (120) hours of courses in real estate as hereafter specified; and (f) shall have successfully completed the real estate broker’s examination as hereafter specified; and
(g) shall have successfully been cleared for licensure by the commission’s background investigation as provided in Section 73-35-10.
An applicant who has not held an active real estate salesperson’s license for a period of at least twelve (12) months immediately prior to submitting an application shall have successfully completed a minimum of one hundred fifty (150) classroom hours in real estate courses, which courses are acceptable for credit toward a degree at a college or university as approved by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Every applicant for a resident license as a real estate salesperson shall be age eighteen (18) years or over, shall be a bona fide resident of the State of Mississippi prior to filing his application, and shall have successfully completed a minimum of sixty (60) hours in courses in real estate as hereafter specified; and shall have successfully completed the real estate salesperson’s examination as hereafter specified.
The residency requirements set forth in this section shall not apply to those licensees of other states who qualify and obtain nonresident licenses in this state. The commission is authorized to exempt from such prelicensing educational requirements, in whole or in part, a real estate licensee of another state who desires to obtain a license under this chapter; provided, however, that the prelicensing educational requirements in the other state are determined by the commission to be equivalent to prelicensing educational requirements in this state and provided that such state extends this same privilege or exemption to Mississippi real estate licensees.
The issuance of a license by reciprocity to a military-trained applicant or military spouse shall be subject to the provisions of Section 73-50-1. §73-35-8.
Nonresident’s license; application
(1) A nonresident may apply for a nonresident’s license in Mississippi provided the individual is
(i) a licensed broker in another state or
(ii) is a broker/salesperson or salesperson affiliated with a resident or nonresident Mississippi broker or
(iii) is a nonresident who applies for a broker’s license and who will maintain an office in Mississippi.
The nonresident broker need not maintain a place of business within Mississippi provided he is regularly actively engaged in the real estate business and maintains a place of business in the other state.
The nonresident licensee or applicant shall be subject to all the provisions of this chapter except for the residency requirement and approved equivalent pre-licensing education.
(2) Every nonresident applicant shall file a statement of irrevocable consent with the Real Estate Commission that legal actions may be commenced against him in the proper court of any county of this state in which a cause of action may arise or in which the plaintiff may reside by service of process or pleading authorized by the laws of this state, by the Secretary of State of Mississippi, or by any member of the commission or chief executive officer thereof, the consent stipulating that the service of process or pleading shall be taken in all courts to be valid and binding as if personal service had been made upon the nonresident licensee in this state. The consent shall be duly acknowledged. Every nonresident licensee shall consent to have any hearings conducted by the commission pursuant to Section 73-35-23, Mississippi Code of 1972, at a place designated by the commission.
(3) Any service of process or pleading shall be served on the executive officer of the commission by filing duplicate copies, one (1) of which shall be filed in the office of the commission and the other forwarded by certified mail to the last known principal address of the nonresident licensee against whom such process or pleading is directed. No default in any such action shall be taken except upon an affidavit of certification of the commission or the executive officer thereof that a copy of the process or pleading was mailed to the defendant as herein provided, and no default judgment shall be taken in any such action or proceeding until thirty (30) days after the mailing of process or pleading to the defendant.
(4) An applicant shall sign an agreement to cooperate with any investigation of the applicant’s real estate brokerage activities which the commission may undertake.
(5) Each applicant for a nonresident license must qualify in all respects, including education, examination and fees, as an applicant who is a resident of Mississippi with the exception of the residency requirement and approved equivalent prelicensing education.
(6) A certification from the Executive Officer of the Real Estate Commission in the state in which the nonresident maintains his principal place of business shall be required. An applicant shall disclose all states in which he has held a real estate license and furnish a certification of licensure from that state or states.
(7) The applicant/broker shall obtain an appropriate Mississippi license for the firm through which he intends to operate as a broker.
(8) Any nonresident broker, broker-salesperson and salesperson shall meet Mississippi continuing education requirements after becoming licensed just as any resident licensee.
(9) A broker or salesperson licensed in this state, on inactive status in good standing and no longer a resident of this state, may, after meeting other requirements for nonresident licensees, make application for a nonresident license without being required to meet current prelicensing educational requirements at the time of application or having to sit for the examination in order to obtain the equivalent nonresident license.
(10) A nonresident licensee in good standing who changes his legal domicile to the State of Mississippi may obtain a resident license equivalent to his nonresident license without meeting the current educational requirements or sitting for the examination, provided other requirements set forth for residents of the state are met.
(11) A nonresident licensee may utilize the inactive status for his license under the same requirements as a resident licensee, including but not limited to, continuing education requirements and ceasing active status under a licensed nonresident broker.How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Ms
§73-35-9. Application for license
(1) Every applicant for a real estate broker’s license shall apply therefor in writing upon blanks prepared by the commission and shall provide such data and information as the commission may require.
(2) Such application shall be accompanied by the recommendation of at least three (3) citizens who have been property owners for at least three (3) years, who have known the applicant for three (3) years, and who are not related to the applicant, certifying that the applicant bears a good reputation for honesty and trustworthiness and recommending that a license be granted to the applicant.
(3) Every applicant for a salesperson’s license shall apply therefor in writing upon blanks prepared by the commission and shall provide such data and information as the commission may require.
(4) Each application for license shall also be accompanied by two (2) photographs of the applicant in such form as the commission may prescribe. (5) Each application or filing made under this section shall include the social security number(s) of the applicant in accordance with Section 93-11-64, Mississippi Code of 1972.
§73-35-10. Background investigation required of applicants for real estate broker’s, real estate salesperson’s, or nonresident’s license
(1) (a) To qualify for a Mississippi real estate broker’s license or a Mississippi resident license as a real estate salesperson, or a nonresident’s license in Mississippi, an applicant must have successfully been cleared for licensure through an investigation that shall consist of a determination that the applicant does not possess a background which calls into question public trust, as set forth below in subsection
(2), and verification that the prospective licensee is not guilty of or in violation of any statutory ground for denial of licensure as set forth in Section 73-35-21. (b) To assist the commission in conducting its licensure investigation, from and after July 1, 2016, all applicants for a Mississippi real estate broker’s license, or a Mississippi resident license as a real estate salesperson, or a nonresident’s license in Mississippi, and all applicants for renewal of any real estate license shall undergo a fingerprint-based criminal history records check of the Mississippi central criminal database and the Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal history database.
Each applicant shall submit a full set of the applicant’s fingerprints in a form and manner prescribed by the commission, which shall be forwarded to the Mississippi Department of Public Safety (department) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation Identification Division for this purpose. (
c) Any and all state or national criminal history records information obtained by the commission that is not already a matter of public record shall be deemed nonpublic and confidential information restricted to the exclusive use of the commission, its members, officers, investigators, agents and attorneys in evaluating the applicant’s eligibility or disqualification for licensure, and shall be exempt from the Mississippi Public Records Act of 1983. Except when introduced into evidence in a hearing before the commission to determine licensure, no such information or records related thereto shall, except with the written consent of the applicant or by order of a court of competent jurisdiction, be released or otherwise disclosed by the commission to any other person or agency.
(d) The commission shall provide to the department the fingerprints of the applicant, any additional information that may be required by the department, and a form signed by the applicant consenting to the check of the criminal records and to the use of the fingerprints and other identifying information required by the state or national repositories.
(e) The commission shall charge and collect from the applicant, in addition to all other applicable fees and costs, such amount as may be incurred by the commission in requesting and obtaining state and national criminal history records information on the applicant.
(2) (a) The commission must ensure that applicants for real estate licenses do not possess a background that could call into question public trust. An applicant found by the commission to possess a background which calls into question the applicant’s ability to maintain public trust shall not be issued a real estate license.
(b) The commission shall not issue a real estate license if: (i) The applicant has had a real estate license revoked in any governmental jurisdiction within the five-year period immediately preceding the date of the application; (ii) The applicant has been convicted of, or pled guilty or nolo contendere to, a felony in a domestic or foreign court:
1. During the five-year period immediately preceding the date of the application for licensing; or
2. At any time preceding the date of the application, if such felony involved an act of fraud, dishonesty or a breach of trust, or money laundering.
(c) The commission shall adopt rules and regulations necessary to implement, administer and enforce the provisions of this section.
(d) The requirement of a criminal background check provided in this section shall not apply to persons who have held a broker’s or salesperson’s license in this state for at least twentyfive (25) years and who are older than seventy (70) years of age.How to Become a Real Estate Agent in Ms
Schedule a 60-hour class.
Complete the application (including pictures).
Get the application notarized.
Pass the school’s exit exam.
Attach your Real Estate Salesperson License Course Completion Certificate to the application with a check for $120.
Send the completed application, certificate and check to the Mississippi Real Estate Commission.
You will be sent a letter with a phone number and website where you can schedule your exam.
The testing company will require a credit card to charge $75 for both exams. (General Portion and Mississippi State Specific Portion.)
Pass the exam 70% on the General Portion and 75% on the State Specific Portion.
Find a broker. Hand the broker the form to send in your information to Mississippi Real Estate Commission.
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