How to Renew a Montana Real Estate License

Written by Kacie Goff

In Montana, the Board of Realty Regulation does an excellent job of making renewal information readily available on its site. And that’s good news because while the renewal process isn’t overly complicated, it varies a little bit based on the license type. 

Whether you want to renew a salesperson, broker, supervising broker, or property manager license, you need to figure out your specific requirements to ensure you don’t hit any snags in maintaining your license. To help there, we listed out your to-dos to renew in this article, and you can cross-reference this with the info on the Board’s website to make sure you’re clear on what’s required. 

Mark your calendar

Halloween is extra spooky for Montana real estate licensees because it’s also the license expiration date. You need to get your renewal into the board by October 31 each year.

They open the renewal window — which means you can submit your renewal online — 60 days before, on September 2. To save yourself the stress of a rushed submittal and to avoid the risk that staff won’t be able to help you if you hit any roadblocks, try to get your renewal submitted at least a week before it’s due. 

Get 12 hours of continuing education

Before you’ll be eligible to renew, you need to knock out the required continuing education (CE).

Montana salespeople, brokers, supervising brokers, and property managers all need 12 hours of CE during each annual renewal cycle. 

If you’re a broker or salesperson, completing 12 hours focused on real estate is enough.

If you’re a supervising broker, though, four of your 12 hours need to come specifically from supervising broker courses.

Fortunately, the Board has approved online CE. That lets you work on your hours whenever and wherever it’s convenient for you. You can even take your Montana real estate CE from your smartphone or tablet.  

If you’re a property manager, you need to complete all 12 of your hours in property management or real estate education. If you just got licensed, you have until your second renewal date to get those 12 hours, but four of them need to focus on property management trust accounts. 

When you submit your renewal, you certify that you know there’s a CE requirement and that you’re in compliance with it. Hang onto the certificates of completion for all the courses you finish because the Board can audit you for CE compliance at any point. 

Submit the renewal and pay the fee

You can renew your license online or via mail. Either way, the fees are:

  • $80 for salesperson renewal
  • $90 for broker renewal
  • $50 for property manager renewal

To renew by mail, use this form. Include a check or money order made payable to the Board of Realty Regulation for your renewal fee (don’t send cash) and mail it back to:

Board of Realty Regulation

301 South Park

PO Box 200513

Helena MT 59620-0513

It needs to be postmarked by October 31 to be considered on time.

To renew online, log in here. Or, if you’ve never created an account before, follow this guide. To complete your renewal, follow these steps and have a payment method handy for your fee. 

If you run into any issues, you can email dlibsdhelp@mt.gov, call the Division Receptionist at (406) 841-2300, or call the renewal unit at (406) 444-6880. All of these lines of communication get backed up close to the renewal date, which is why we recommend getting your renewal in a bit early.