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Referral Agent Licensing Frequently Asked Questions
 
1. When will the referral agent license type become effective? Answer 
Forms/Restrictions
Referral Agent Application for Reinstatement/Transfer, Name Change or Change of License Type - Fillable MS Word or PDF
 
Restrictions Upon Brokerage Activities of Referral Agents
 
Please Note:
Individuals who passed a license examination prior to July 1, 2011 and wish to be initially licensed as a referral agent MUST submit Referral Agent Certification with applications
2. Does a referral agent have to be licensed with and employed by a broker? Answer 
3. What are the requirements for licensure as a referral agent? Answer
4. If I passed a license examination prior to July 1, 2011 and am still eligible to apply, but have not yet applied for a license, where can I obtain a referral agent certification? Answer
5. How are the brokerage activities of a referral agent restricted? Answer
6. Can a referral agent make referrals to other brokers and or companies? Answer
7. Is a referral agent required to renew their license? Answer
8. Can a licensed referral agent also be licensed as a salesperson or broker-salesperson or employing broker or broker-of-record simultaneously? Answer
9. Will I be able to apply for a referral agent license after passing the salesperson or broker license examination? Answer
10. If I am currently licensed as a salesperson or broker-salesperson when can I change my license type to referral agent? Answer
11. What is the cost for changing my license type from salesperson or broker-salesperson to referral agent? Answer
12. I did not renew my license for the 2011-2013 license term. The last active license issued to me expired June 30, 2011.  What is the procedure and deadline for reinstating (reactivating) my license? Answer
13. My license is currently inactive; can I pay a fee in order to maintain my license in an inactive license status? Answer
14. Can I reinstate my unrenewed license and change my license type to referral agent? Answer
15. Will I receive a paper license? Answer
16. How do I get a pocket ID card? Answer
17. Can I transfer my license from one broker to another without a paper license? Answer
18. How can I verify my current license status? Answer
19. When will I be required to complete continuing education courses? Answer 
20. Who will have to complete continuing education courses? Answer
21. Will a referral agent be required to complete continuing education courses? Answer
22. I am licensed as a referral agent and want to change my status to salesperson, broker-salesperson or broker.  Do I need to complete continuing education to do so? Answer
 
1. When will the referral agent license type become effective? 


The referral agent license type became effective July 1 2011.  Proposed rules regarding referral agents will be published in the New Jersey Register and posted on the Department’s website at www.state.nj.us/dobi/legsregs.htm on August 1, 2011, with a 60-day comment period to follow.  


2. Does a referral agent have to be licensed with and employed by a broker?


Yes, all referral agents must be employed by and operate under the supervision of a licensed real estate broker.


3. What are the requirements for licensure as a referral agent?


To qualify for licensure as a referral agent, an individual must fulfill the prelicensure education requirement for licensure as a salesperson or broker and pass the salesperson or broker license examination.  The applicant and his/her broker must also submit certifications confirming their having reviewed the legal restrictions on the brokerage activity of referral agents.


4. If I passed a license examination prior to July 1, 2011 and am still eligible to apply, but have not yet applied for a license, where can I obtain a referral agent certification?


The referral agent certification is available on the Commission’s website.


5. How are the brokerage activities of a referral agent restricted?


A referral agent is limited to referring prospective consumers of real estate brokerage services to their employing broker or broker-of-record.  Click here for more detailed information on the restrictions on the brokerage activity of referral agents.


6. Can a referral agent make referrals to other brokers and or companies?


No, a licensed referral agent is only permitted to refer prospects to the broker through whom they are licensed, and is only permitted to accept compensation from his or her employing broker or broker-of-record.


7. Is a referral agent required to renew their license?


Yes, a referral agent will be required to renew beginning with the 2013-15 biennial license renewal.


8. Can a licensed referral agent also be licensed as a salesperson or broker-salesperson or employing broker or broker-of-record simultaneously?


No, a referral agent cannot simultaneously hold a license as a salesperson, broker-salesperson, employing broker or broker-of-record.


9. Will I be able to apply for a referral agent license after passing the salesperson or broker license examination?


Yes, individuals who pass the license examination on or after July 1, 2011 will be able to indicate on the examination pass notice/license application that they are applying for a referral agent license.  They and their broker can complete the required certifications directly on the license application form. 

If you passed the examination prior to July 1, 2011 and are still eligible to apply for a license, see item 4 above.


10. If I am currently licensed as a salesperson or broker-salesperson when can I change my license type to referral agent?


The Department is in the process of upgrading its computer systems, which is expected to be completed by September 30, 2011.  Once the modifications have been completed, licensees who have renewed for the 2011-2013 license term and who wish to change their license type from broker-salesperson or salesperson to referral agent will be able to do so online through their employing broker or broker of record.

Click here to access Bulletin No. 11-09 for more information.


11. What is the cost for changing my license type from salesperson or broker-salesperson to referral agent?


Renewed licensees who will remain licensed with their current broker will be able to change their license type to referral agent online through their employing broker or broker of record after the computer system upgrade is complete.  They (their broker) will be able to do so without paying any fee for a period of thirty days from the date that the Commission/Department issues a Bulletin advising that the upgraded computer system is operational.  However, a $25 transfer fee will be required on applications to change to a referral agent license and to be licensed with a different broker. (Before this can be done, the termination of the individual by his/her former broker would need to be completed separately through the on-line licensing system.)  After the 30-day period during which an employing broker or broker of record may process a license type change on-line with no fee has expired, a fee of $50 will be required to be submitted with an application for a change of license type to referral agent.


12. I did not renew my license for the 2011-2013 license term. The last active license issued to me expired June 30, 2011. What is the procedure and deadline for reinstating (reactivating) my license?


Your license must be reinstated (reactivated) no later than June 30, 2013.  Get the application for reinstatement (Fillable MS Word or PDF).  You must submit a reinstatement application completed by you and your employing broker or broker-of-record and submit it to the Real Estate Licensing Services Bureau accompanied by the appropriate fee ($150 salesperson or $250 broker-salesperson).  The application must be post marked no later than June 30, 2013.


13. My license is currently inactive; can I pay a fee in order to maintain my license in an inactive license status?


No, you cannot pay to have your license remain in an inactive status.  Everyone has two (2) years from the EXPIRATION DATE of the last license issued in which to reinstate (reactivate) their license.  Your license must be issued to a licensed New Jersey broker.

Upon the issuance of your license to your employing broker or broker-of-record, you may request to have your license inactivated by the broker through the on-line process if you do not wish to maintain an active license.


14. Can I reinstate my unrenewed license and change my license type to referral agent?


Yes, you can submit a referral agent application for reinstatement and change of license type (Fillable MS Word or PDF).  The application must be accompanied by a fee of ($150 for salesperson and $250 for broker-salesperson) and an additional license type change fee of $50.


15. Will I receive a paper license?


No paper licenses will be printed and mailed to licensees.  Refer to Bulletin Nos. 11-07 and 11-09 posted on the Commission’s website.


16. How do I get a pocket ID card?


Licenses can carry a print-out of their current license status, as posted on the “Licensee Search” function of the Department's website at https://www16.state.nj.us/DOBI_LicSearch/recSearch.jsp.


17. Can I transfer my license from one broker to another without a paper license?


Yes, all transactions for which applications were included on the reverse side of the printed license, including transfers, terminations and name changes, may, with the exception of name changes, be completed by the employing broker or broker-of-record through the online licensing system currently available at https://portal01.state.nj.us/http:/portal20.sa.state.nj.us:8080/amserver/UI/Login?gw=portal01.state.nj.us&org=snj.

Because name changes require the inclusion of supporting documentation, the name change application (Fillable MS Word or PDF) must be completed and submitted via regular mail, with supporting documentation and a $50 fee to the Department’s Real Estate Licensing Services Bureau.


18. How can I verify my current license status?


Licensees and the general public may access the “Licensee Search” function available at https://www16.state.nj.us/DOBI_LicSearch/recSearch.jsp.


19. When will I be required to complete continuing education courses?  


Starting with the 2013-2015 biennial renewal individuals licensed as brokers, broker-salespersons, or salespersons must have completed the continuing education requirement by April 30, 2013 in order to renew their licenses.  An additional $200 processing fee is imposed upon renewing licensees who complete the CE requirement between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013.    


20. Who will have to complete continuing education courses? 


Individuals licensed as Real Estate Brokers, Broker-salespersons and salespersons are required to complete 12 credit hours of continuing education courses as a condition of the biennial renewal for the 2013-2015 license term by April 30, 2013. An additional $200 processing fee is imposed upon renewing licensees who complete the CE requirement between May 1, 2013 and June 30, 2013. After June 30, 2013, individuals with an inactive license with an expiration date of June 30, 2013 will be required to reinstate their license, and complete the applicable continuing education requirement.


21. Will a referral agent be required to complete continuing education courses?


No, referral agents are not required to complete continuing education courses but, upon initial licensure and renewal, their brokers are required to review with them the restrictions imposed by law upon the brokerage activities of referral agents and to certify to the Commission that they have done so.

   
22. I am licensed as a referral agent and want to change my status to salesperson, broker-salesperson or broker.  Do I need to complete continuing education to do so?
 


Continuing education may be required to change your license type.  The amount and type of continuing education required varies depending on whether you were previously licensed as a salesperson, broker-salesperson or broker and the length of time you have been licensed as a referral agent.  See N.J.A.C. 11:5-3.15.  Click here for a chart summarizing the requirements

 
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