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Apply for Individual License

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  • Trainee Real Property Appraiser
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. Seventy-five (75) hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application.

    3. A list of approved pre-license education Sponsors is available here.

    4. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    5. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    6. After completing your online application, you must fax documentation of your pre-license education and original passing results for the Trainee Real Property Appraiser examination to the Department of Commerce at 651-539-0114. Please remember to include a cover sheet addressed to "Appraiser Licensing."

    7. A Trainee Real Property Appraiser licensee cannot perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

  • Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. The total fee includes the $50 National Registry fee imposed by the federal Appraisal Subcommittee.

    3. One hundred fifty (150) hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. If you hold a valid Trainee Real Property Appraiser license, this requirement is reduced by 75 hours, but you must complete the remaining specific core curriculum courses and hours listed in Minnesota Statutes 82B.

    4. A list of approved pre-license education Sponsors is available here.

    5. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    6. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    7. After completing your online application, you must fax documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Licensed Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2000 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at 651-539-0114. Please remember to include a cover sheet addressed to "Appraiser Licensing."

    8. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 12 months.

    9. A Licensed Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

  • Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser license requirements
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. The total fee includes the $80 National Registry fee imposed by the federal Appraisal Subcommittee.

    3. Two hundred (200) total hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. If you hold a valid Trainee or Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser license, this requirement is reduced (by 75 hours for Trainee and by 150 hours for Licensed Residential), but you must complete the remaining specific core curriculum courses and hours listed in Minnesota Statutes 82B. In addition, the applicant must either possess an associate degree from an accredited college or university, or present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law. NOTE: If the applicant completed the required 200 hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education before January 1, 2008, no college degree is required.

    4. A list of approved pre-license education Sponsors is available here. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    5. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    6. After completing your online application, you must fax documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience to the Department of Commerce at 651-539-0114. Please remember to include a cover sheet addressed to "Appraiser Licensing."

    7. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months.

    8. A Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally related transactions.

  • Certified General Real Property Appraiser license requirements
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. The total fee includes the $80 National Registry fee imposed by the Appraisal Subcommittee.

    3. Three hundred (300) total hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course, must be completed prior to submitting the application. If you hold a valid Trainee, Licensed Residential, or Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser license, this requirement is reduced (by 75 hours for Trainee, by 150 hours for Licensed Residential, and by 200 hours for Certified Residential), but you must complete the remaining specific core curriculum courses and hours listed in Minnesota Statutes 82B. In addition, the applicant must also possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university or present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. NOTE: If the applicant completed the required 300 hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education before January 1, 2008, no college degree is required.

    4. A list of approved pre-license education Sponsors is available here. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

    5. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license.

    6. After completing your online application, you must fax documentation of your pre-license education, original passing results for the Certified General Real Property Appraiser examination, and a completed Experience Verification Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience (with at least 50 percent, or 1500 hours, in nonresidential appraisal work) to the Department of Commerce at 651-539-0114. Please remember to include a cover sheet addressed to "Appraiser Licensing."

    7. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    8. A Certified General Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

  • Temporary Practice Appraiser license requirements
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. The total fee includes a 10% OET surcharge, which is being collected on behalf of the Minnesota Office of Enterprise Technology to fund a statewide electronic licensing system.

    3. You must fax your Temporary Practice Appraisal Assignment form documenting the properties to be appraised to the Department of Commerce at 651-539-0114.

    4. A temporary practice appraiser license is valid for the lesser of (a) the time required to complete the assignment, or (b) 12 months. If more than 12 months is necessary to complete the assignment, a new temporary application and fee is required. A Temporary Practice Appraiser license is valid for six months from the date of issue, but an applicant may apply for a one-time, six-month extension.

    5. A Temporary Practice Appraiser license is only valid for a single appraisal assignment within Minnesota; a single appraisal assignment may include one or more properties under one contract for a single client.

    6. A Temporary Practice Appraiser license can only be issued if the assignment property is part of a federally-related transaction.

    7. "Federally-related transaction" means any real estate-related financial transaction that a federal financial institutions regulatory agency or the federal Resolution Trust Corporation engages in, contracts for, or regulates; and that requires the services of a licensed or certified real estate appraiser.

    8. If you are currently working under a license for temporary practice as a real estate appraiser and need another one in order to accept an additional assignment, then you must apply for the additional temporary practice license using Temporary Practice Appraisal License Application form (.pdf).

Apply for Nonresident License


Applying For a Nonresident Appraiser License

This section pertains only to nonresidents who do not reside in the following reciprocal states: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wyoming.

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Trainee Real Property Appraiser


Trainee Real Property Appraiser license level applicants must complete all Minnesota education and exam licensing requirements for the Trainee level.

  1. Complete the license application.

Licensed Residential, Certified Residential, and Certified General Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application.

  2. Submit one of the following: (a) a letter from your home state indicating that the appraiser licensing entity in that state has reviewed your work experience within the last five years; or (b) a completed Minnesota Appraiser Experience Verification Log & Form showing six months of experience.

  3. Identify the state in which you currently hold a Certified General or Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser license.

  4. You do not need to include your education as part of your online application.

Applying For a Reciprocal Appraiser License


Trainee Real Property Appraiser


Reciprocal agreements to not apply to the Trainee Real Property Appraiser license level. Applicants for the Trainee level license must complete all Minnesota licensing requirements for the Trainee level.

Certified General Real Property Appraiser, Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser, and Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application.

  2. To take advantage of reciprocal terms, you must currently reside in a reciprocal state (Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Missouri, New Hampshire, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, or Wyoming) and hold an active license in that state at the time that the Minnesota application is submitted.

  3. You do not need to include your education and experience verification as part of your online application. You simply need to identify the state in which you currently hold a Certified Residential or Certified General Real Property Appraiser license.


Reactivate Appraiser License

Click to view licensing requirements for the following appraiser licensing topics.

  • Trainee Real Property Appraiser
    1. Complete the license application and BCA form

    2. A $150 appraiser license fee must be submitted (this does not include the Federal Registry fee because this license does not authorize the licensee to perform appraisals for federally related transactions). Cash is not accepted. Send a check or money order payable to Minnesota Department of Commerce.

    3. If your license has been expired for less than 2 years, reactivation requires successful completion of all outstanding continuing education hours that would have been required if the license was in an active status, including the required most recent edition of a 7-hour National USPAP Update Course.

    4. If your license has been expired for more than 2 years, you must meet current hourly requirements for experience and pre-license education, and must attach original passing results, no more than two years old, for the appropriate level Appraiser examination. (Get exam information on our website.)

  • Licensed Residential, Certified Residential, or Certified General Real Property Appraiser
    1. Complete the license application and BCA form

    2. A $200 appraiser license fee must be submitted (this includes the $80 Federal Registry fee). Cash is not accepted. Send a check or money order payable to Minnesota Department of Commerce.

    3. If your license has been expired for less than 2 years, reactivation requires successful completion of all outstanding continuing education hours that would have been required if the license was in an active status, including the required most recent edition of a 7-hour National USPAP Update Course.

    4. If your license has been expired for more than 2 years, you must meet current hourly requirements for experience and pre-license education, and must attach original passing results, no more than two years old, for the appropriate level Appraiser examination. (Get exam information on our website.)

Upgrade Appraiser License

Click to view licensing requirements for upgrading the following types of appraiser licenses.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Licensed Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $200 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. A $175 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (this includes a $25 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 150 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 12 months.

    6. Attach original passing exam results. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    7. A Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.

    8. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Certified Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $200 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. A $175 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (includes a $25 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 200 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. You must also have an associate degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree you may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified Residential Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    7. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Trainee to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $200 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is greater than 12 months (this includes a $80 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. A $175 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application if the upgraded license term is less than 12 months (includes $25 Federal Registry fee that was not previously paid with the Trainee Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    4. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the National 15-hour USPAP Course. You must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degreeyou may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    5. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    6. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application will also come into play. (Get exam information on our website.)

    7. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Licensed Residential to Certified Residential
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Licensed Residential Appraiser license), plus a $20 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach Course Completion Certificates documenting 200 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. You must also have an associate degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree the applicant may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 21 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matter courses: English composition; principles of economics (micro or macro); finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; and introduction and business or real estate law. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.
      Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 2500 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 24 months.

    4. Attach original passing results for the Certified Residential Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    5. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Licensed Residential to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Licensed Residential Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. You must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree you may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    4. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    5. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application. (Get exam information on our website.)

    6. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

  • Upgrade from Certified Residential to Certified General
    1. Complete the license application online at www.pulseportal.com.

    2. A $150 license fee must be submitted with your upgrade application (a Federal Registry fee is not required because it was previously paid with the Certified Residential Appraiser license), plus $20 technology surcharge.

    3. Complete the Pre-Licensing Education Verification form and attach course completion certificates documenting 300 hours of Minnesota approved pre-licensing appraiser education, including the 15-hour National USPAP Course. You must also have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. In lieu of the required degree you may present satisfactory documentation of completion of 30 semester credit hours from an accredited college or university covering the following subject matters courses: English composition; micro economics; macro economics; finance; algebra, geometry, or higher mathematics; statistics; computer science; business or real estate law; and two elective courses in accounting, geography, ag-economics, business management, or real estate. Education must be completed prior to taking the Appraiser examination.

    4. Attach the completed Experience Verification Log and Form documenting 3000 hours of licensed appraiser experience. Experience must be no more than 50% residential. Experience may not have been obtained in less than 30 months.

    5. Attach original passing results for the Certified General Appraiser written examination. An appraiser exam cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of application will also come into play. (Get exam information on our website.)

    6. A change in the appraiser license level during the license period does not change the continuing education due date. The renewal/expiration date of the upgraded license remains the same as the previous license renewal/expiration date.

Who Needs an Individual License


If you have questions about whether a license is required, please consult the License Minnesota website at http://www.license.mn.gov/ . Click on "A-Z Indexes" or "Browse by Topics." If the information there does not answer your question, please send an e-mail to licensing.commerce@state.mn.us that explains your activities as specifically as possible.

82B.03 Prohibitions.

Subdivision 1. License required.

  1. It is unlawful for a person to act as a real estate appraiser in this state unless licensed under this chapter.

  2. Only persons licensed under this chapter may advertise or represent themselves to be real estate appraisers.

  3. No person, other than a licensed real estate appraiser, may assume or use that title or a title, designation, or abbreviation likely to create the impression of licensure as a real estate appraiser by this state.

Subd. 2. License not required.

  1. An officer or employee of a corporation, partnership, or other business entity may act as a real estate appraiser without obtaining a license under this chapter if the corporation, partnership, or other business entity in which the person is employed or is an officer has an interest in the real estate that is the subject of the appraisal as owners, lenders, investors, or insurers.

  2. Notwithstanding licensure under this chapter, any appraisal conducted by a person exempt under this subdivision is only subject to the guidelines for real estate appraisal policies and review procedures of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, the Office of Thrift Supervision, the Federal Reserve Board, the Farm Credit Administration, the National Credit Union Administration, or the comptroller of the currency, if the appraisal was conducted only within the scope and purpose of this subdivision.

  3. If a real estate appraisal is made by a person who is exempt from licensing under this subdivision, the person for whom the appraisal is conducted must be given written notice that the appraisal was not conducted by a licensed appraiser, and the appraisal report must clearly state that it was conducted by an interested party and not by a licensed real estate appraiser.

82B.035 Exemption.

Subdivision 1. Market analysis. This chapter does not apply to a licensed real estate salesperson or broker who, in the ordinary course of the licensee's business, gives a market analysis of the price of real estate, if the market analysis is not referred to or construed as an appraisal.

Subd. 2. Assessors. Nothing in this chapter shall be construed as requiring the licensing of persons employed and acting in their capacity as assessors for political subdivisions of the state and performing duties enumerated in section 273.061, subdivision 7 or 8.

Subd. 3. Geologists or engineers. This chapter does not apply to an appraisal, analysis, opinion, or conclusion as to the value of oil, gas, coal, and other mineral resources performed by an engineer registered as provided in sections 326.02 to 326.15 or by a certified professional geologist, unless the appraisal, analysis, opinion, or conclusion of value is performed in connection with a federally related transaction subject to the requirements of United States Code, title 12, section 3331, et seq., the federal Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989.

Subd. 4. Department of revenue. This chapter does not require persons employed by, or under contract to, the Department of Revenue to be licensed in order to perform, conduct, or assist in, an appraisal done within the scope of their employment or contract duties.

82B.11 Classes of license.
Subdivision 1. Generally there are five classes of license for real estate appraisers.

Subd. 2. Trainee real property appraiser. When a net income capitalization analysis is not required by the uniform standards of professional appraisal practice, a trainee real property appraiser may appraise residential real property or agricultural property.

Subd. 3. Licensed residential real property appraiser. A licensed residential real property appraiser may appraise noncomplex residential property or agricultural property having a transaction value less than $1,000,000 and complex residential or agricultural property having a transaction value less than $250,000.

Subd. 4. Certified residential real property appraiser. A certified residential real property appraiser may appraise residential property or agricultural property without regard to transaction value or complexity.

Subd. 5. Certified general real property appraiser. A certified general real property appraiser may appraise all types of real property.

Subd. 6. Temporary practice. The commissioner shall issue a license for temporary practice as a real estate appraiser under subdivision 3, 4, or 5 to a person certified or licensed by another state if:

  1. the property to be appraised is part of a federally related transaction and the person is licensed to appraise property limited to the same transaction value or complexity provided in subdivision 3, 4, or 5;

  2. the appraiser's business is of a temporary nature; and

  3. the appraiser registers with the commissioner to obtain a temporary license before conducting appraisals within the state.