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Individual Appraiser License

 

Trainee Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.
  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.
    • Effective January 1, 2015, all qualifying education must be completed within the five-year period prior to the date of submission of the application. 
  3. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours 
  4. Effective January 1, 2015, in addition to the 75 hours of pre-license courses mentioned above, the six-hour "Minnesota Supervisor/Trainee Appraiser Course" must be completed prior to submitting the application. 
  5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors 
  6. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination. 
  7. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license. 
  8. After completing your online application, you must email documentation of your pre-license education and original passing results for the Trainee Real Property Appraiser examination to the Department of Commerce. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field. 
  9. 9. A Trainee Real Property Appraiser’s scope of practice is as defined in Minnesota Statute §82B.093.
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Licensed Residential Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal
  2. The total fee includes the $80 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. 
    • In addition, effective January 1, 2015, the applicant must possess an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university, or must present satisfactory documentation of successful completion of 30 semester credit hours of instruction from an accredited college or university.
  4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours 
  5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors 
  6. Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education and experience requirements must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination. 
  7. An application for licensing as a licensed residential real property appraiser must submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person has obtained 2,000 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 12 months. 
  8. Appraiser license examination results cannot be more than 24 months old at the time of your application for a license. 
  9. After completing your online application, you must email 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. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field. 
  10. A Licensed Real Property Appraiser licensee may perform appraisals for federally-related transactions.
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Certified Residential Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

  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, for applications received on or before December 31,2014, 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: For applications received on or before December 31, 2014, if the applicant completed the required 200 hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education before January 1, 2008, no college degree is required.

    • Effective January 1, 2015, the applicant must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

  4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

  5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors

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

  7. An applicant for licensing as a certified residential real property appraiser must submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person has obtained 2,500 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 24 months.

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

  9. After completing your online application, you must email 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. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

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

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Certified General Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

  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, for applications received on or before December 31, 2014, 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: For applications received on or before December 31, 2014, if the applicant completed the required 300 hours of Minnesota-approved pre-licensing appraiser education before January 1, 2008, no college degree is required.

    • Effective January 1, 2015, the applicant must possess a bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited college or university.

  4. List of Required Core Curriculum Courses and Hours

  5. List of Pre-License Education Sponsors - Continuing education courses are not accepted for pre-licensing hours. Pre-licensing education and experience requirements must be completed prior to taking an appraiser license examination.

  6. An applicant for licensing as a certified general real property appraiser must submit evidence satisfactory to the commissioner that the person has obtained 3,000 hours of experience in real property appraisal obtained in no fewer than 30 months.

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

  8. After completing your online application, you must email 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. Please put "Appraiser Licensing" in the subject field.

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

Temporary Practice Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application online at PULSE Portal.

  2. You must email your Temporary Practice Appraisal Assignment form documenting the properties to be appraised to the department of Commerce. Please include “Temporary Practice Appraiser Processing” in the subject line of your email.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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

  6. "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.

Reactivate a License

View licensing requirements for the following appraiser licensing topics.

Trainee Real Property Appraiser

  1. Complete the license application at PULSE Portal
  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). 
  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.

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

  1. Complete the license application at PULSE Portal
  2. A $230 appraiser license fee must be submitted (this includes the $80 Federal Registry fee). 
  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.

Background Checks

Under Minnesota law, an individual applying for an initial resident real estate appraiser license must consent to a criminal history record check and submit a fingerprint card.

Who is required to submit fingerprints?

Any individual applying for an initial resident real estate appraiser license.

What will my fingerprints be used for?

The Minnesota Department of Commerce (“Commerce Department”) will have the criminal history record check performed by requesting searches of the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s Computerized Criminal History system and the Federal

Bureau of Investigation’s Criminal Justice Information Services system. The purpose of the criminal history record check is to assist the Commerce Department in determining your qualifications and eligibility for the license that you are applying for.

If you refuse to consent to a criminal history record check, your license application will not be processed.

I already hold an active Minnesota real estate appraiser license that was issued before the fingerprinting requirement became law. Do I need to submit my fingerprints?

Yes, before you apply to renew your license.

What should I do to meet the requirement to submit fingerprints?

The answer to this question generally depends on whether you are applying for an initial real estate appraiser license or renewing or upgrading an existing real estate appraiser license:

  • Applying for an initial real estate appraiser license - Your fingerprints will be taken electronically at the PSI test center after you sit for and pass the exam and sign a background check consent form.
  • Upgrading an existing real estate appraiser license - You will have the option of having your fingerprints taken electronically at the PSI test center when you sit for your license upgrade examination. You are strongly encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to expedite the process.

What if I can’t make it to a PSI test center?

If you are unable to have your fingerprints taken at a PSI test center, you will need to go to any local police station or similar facility with manual fingerprinting capability to have your fingerprints taken manually. The facility will charge a processing fee. After your fingerprints are taken, the fingerprint card will be given back to you in a sealed envelope. Do not fold it. Put it into another envelope along with a fully completed Resident Real Estate Appraiser License Background Check Consent Form (.pdf) and a check for $32.00 made out to “Minnesota Department of Commerce” and mail it to:

Consumer & Industry Services
Attn: Licensing Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 – 7th Place East, Suite 600
St. Paul, MN 55101

What is the cost for the electronic fingerprinting performed at the PSI test center?

The total cost is $46.00. This includes charges for background checks conducted by the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the FBI as well as PSI vendor processing fees.

What forms of payment for fingerprinting are accepted at the test center?

The fee may be paid by money order, cashier’s check, VISA, or MasterCard.

Do I need to wait to submit my license application until the results of my background check have been received?

No. You can submit your application as soon as you have passed the examination and submitted your fingerprints.

Will the background check process delay the issuance of my license?

Yes. The FBI background check can take several weeks. Based on federal requirements governing real estate appraiser licensing, the Commerce Department will not issue a real estate appraiser license before receiving the background check results.

How long will my background check authorization and fingerprints remain valid?

Before your fingerprints are taken, you will need to sign a background check authorization form that expires one year after it is signed. Accordingly, if more than a year passes between the day your fingerprints are taken and the day you apply for your license, you will need to be fingerprinted again and pay another fee. Once you have become licensed, your fingerprints will remain valid as long as you hold an active appraiser license.

What happens if my fingerprints are not sufficiently legible or are rejected for some other reason and need to be retaken?

If the FBI rejects a set of fingerprints, the Commerce Department will be notified that the fingerprints are illegible, erroneous, or incomplete. The Commerce Department will then notify you that you must be reprinted.

What happens if I am physically unable to have my fingerprints taken electronically at the test center (for example, if my hand is in a cast)?

If the technician at the test center determines that a cast or other physical feature prevents your fingerprints from being taken electronically, you will not be charged the vendor processing fee. (In this case, you will pay $34.75 at the test center—for the BCA and FBI background checks—and an additional processing fee later at the manual fingerprinting site.)

You will receive an FBI fingerprint card, the “Resident Real Estate Appraiser License Background Check Consent Form,” and instructions to go to the nearest police station or similar facility with manual fingerprinting capability to have your fingerprints taken manually.

After your fingerprints are taken, the fingerprint card will be given back to you in a sealed envelope. Do not fold it. Put it into another envelope along with a fully completed “Resident Real Estate Appraiser License Background Check Consent Form” (see the last page of this document) and mail it to:

Consumer & Industry Services
Attn: Licensing Minnesota Department of Commerce
85 – 7th Place East, Suite 600
St. Paul, MN 55101

I am going to reactivate my license. Do I need to get fingerprinted?

Yes.

I am applying to upgrade my license. Do I need to get fingerprinted?

You do not need to get fingerprinted as part of the license upgrade process; however, if you have not previously submitted your fingerprints to the Commerce Department as part of an appraiser license application process, you will be required to get fingerprinted when you apply to renew your upgraded license.

My company has in-house fingerprinting services. Will you accept electronic fingerprinting directly from my firm?

No. Due to security requirements and data privacy concerns, fingerprints taken for Minnesota real estate appraiser licensing purposes may only be submitted electronically via the single transmission network authorized for the Commerce Department by the FBI.

Is my fingerprint data kept on file?

Under the law, your fingerprints and any criminal history record information obtained as a part of this licensing process must be treated and maintained as confidential, and security measures that are consistent with the standards specified by the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division for the electronic storage of fingerprints and necessary identifying information must be applied.

The data obtained from the criminal history record check will be confidential and, therefore, accessible only to the following: personnel who determine your eligibility for the license you are applying for; any appropriate person(s) or agency, if the Commissioner of Commerce determines that failure to make the data accessible is likely to create a clear and present danger to public health or safety; person(s) authorized by a court order; or any other person authorized by state or federal law.

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