Real Estate Appraisers Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from the Board of Registration of Real Estate Appraisers
  1. I renewed on line, paid the renewal fee, and completed the Mandatory Continuing Education Attestation and Reporting Form to the Board but I have not received my wallet license in the mail. What is the status of my renewal?
  2. I renewed my license and am waiting to receive my wallet license; however, my employer and/or my client will not accept the Board’s website as verification of my “Current” licensure status. Can the Board verify my license status?
    • As stated in FAQ #1, it takes four (4) to six (6) weeks to receive the wallet license in the mail. However, to help its licensees during this limited transition period, the Board can mail you a letter on the Board’s letterhead stating your licensure status with the Board. If you are requesting a “Letter of Good Standing” or a “Licensee History Record”, please see FAQ #4.

  3. I renewed my appraiser license and the Board’s website reflects that I am in “Current” status; however, the National Registry and the FHA Roster Appraiser list has not been updated. Can the Board update the National Registry and the FHA Roster Appraiser list?
    • In relation to the National Registry list, as maintained by the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC), the Board transmits licensure updates to the ASC every two (2) weeks.

    • In relation to the FHA Roster Appraiser list, the Board does not transmit any updates or information to the FHA. Please contact the FHA directly for how to update licensure information.

  4. What is the process to obtain a “Letter of Good Standing” or a “Licensee History Record”?
  5. I lost or misplaced my wallet license. Can the Board send me a new wallet license?
  6. How do I request a name change?
  7. I work out of state as a real estate appraiser. May I submit with my application a list of appraisals generated from work performed in another state when applying for licensure in Massachusetts?
    • Yes, if you were supervised by a licensed or certified appraiser listed in good standing with the National Registry of the Appraisal Subcommittee.

  8. Why should I submit a new list of appraisals if I submitted them with another application for licensure?
    • Each application for licensure is considered a new and separate application. Moreover, the Board is not responsible for locating materials to match to a previously submitted application.

  9. What is the Board’s web site address?
  10. Where can I find information on how to become an appraiser in Massachusetts?
  11. How do I apply to become an appraiser in Massachusetts?
    • All application materials may be found on the Board’s website at: If you are seeking to upgrade your current Massachusetts appraiser license then please review the Board’s Policy Statement 2007-001 entitled “Upgrading Existing Credentials under 2008 Criteria” located under the Statutes and Regulations link then the Board’s Policies and Guidelines link.

  12. How do I reinstate my expired appraiser license?
    • A licensee must complete the Board’s continuing education requirements. Upon completion, please remit the certificates of completion to the Board and then the Board will mail you a reinstatement application.

  13. What is a Massachusetts appraisal?
    • The Board adopted the standards established by the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).

  14. I received a renewal application and now hold an upgraded license. Do I need to renew the old license?
    • No

  15. Can I submit primary education courses taken in the past towards my application?
    • Yes, if it is a Board approved course.

  16. How often can I apply for a Temporary Practice Permit?
  17. How many properties can be listed on the Temporary Practice Permit?
    • You can list as many as you can complete within the timeframe of the permit.

  18. If the property I am appraising in Massachusetts is not federally related, would I still qualify for a Temporary Practice Permit?
    • You must submit the reason for applying for the permit and the Board will determine whether or not to grant the permit.

  19. What states have reciprocity agreements with the Board?
    • Alabama, Arizona, California, Connecticut, Louisiana, Maine, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, Ohio, Rhode Island and Washington

  20. I have taken a course and it is not listed with the Board, how can I get approval for this course?
    • All courses must be approved by the Board before submitted for renewal or licensure. The course provider or school must submit an application to the Board for approval.

  21. How do I get approval as a course provider in Massachusetts?
    • You must submit the required course application with required materials and fee to the Board on line. All application materials may be found at the Board’s website under “Applications and Forms”.

  22. Did the trainee hours change for licensure?
    • Yes, effective February 6, 2009, the required primary education hours for a trainee license is 75 hours: 15 hour USPAP, 30 Basic Appraisal Principle and 30 Basic Appraisal Procedures.

  23. What is the effect of the statutory amendment to Massachusetts General Law (MGL) Chapter 112, Section 181?
    • Effective May 13, 2011, the Board shall impose the following:

      • A certificate or license issued by the Board shall be valid for two (2) years following the date of issuance. The statutory amendment reduces the licensure renewal period of all licensees from three (3) years to two (2) years and thus mirrors the renewal cycle of the majority of the other States.

      • An Appraiser Trainee shall be eligible to renew his/her trainee license for “not more than 4 two-year periods after the original date of issuance”. The amendment increases the number of times a Trainee Licensee may renew his/her license with the Board from one (1) renewal to up to four (4) renewals.

  24. Will my current license expiration date (after May 13, 2011) be changed by the law? Example: I received a three (3) year license on February 1, 2011 and it will expire on February 1, 2014. Will the expiration date be changed to February 1, 2013 or will the original term remain unchanged?
    • No, the statutory amendment will not change a licensee's current expiration date. If your license is set to expire on February 1, 2014, it will still expire on that date. However, the next time you renew your license, you will be issued a two (2) year expiration date rather than a three (3) year expiration date.

  25. My current license renews before May 13, 2011. Will I be issued a two (2) or three (3) year license?
    • If your license expires before May 13, 2011, the effective date of the statute, you will be issued a three (3) year license expiration date. Any licensee who renews his/her license on or after May 13, 2011 will be given a two (2) year license expiration date.

  26. Does the law apply only to licenses issued or renewed on or after May 13, 2011?
    • The statutory amendment applies to all licensees.

  27. What is the status of the Board’s continuing education regulation?
    • Pursuant to the statutory amendment, the Board must prorate the continuing education hour requirements for licensure renewal for all licensees. The Board is in the process of drafting new continuing education regulations. The process requires a vote by the Board on the proposed regulations, a public hearing on the proposed regulations, a final vote on the proposed regulations by the Board and approval by the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. Upon final approval, the Board will update its regulations.

  28. I hold a three (3) year license, how many hours of continuing education must I complete to renew my license?
    • All licensees holding a three (3) year license, regardless of their expiration date, must complete forty-five (45) hours of continuing education to renew his/her license. In short, if your license expires before May 13, 2011 and if your license expires on or after May 13, 2011, you must still complete forty-five (45) hours of continuing education.

    • When you renew your license, the Board will issue you a new expiration date. At that time, you will be subject to the new continuing education regulation.

  29. Did the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) increase the National Registry fee? If yes, what is the fee and its effective date?
    • Yes, under the authority of the Dodd-Frank Reform Act, the Appraisal Subcommittee (ASC) approved an increase of the annual National Registry fee to $40.00/per year from the current $25.00/per year to support the ASC’s supervisory authority. Accordingly, effective January 1, 2012, the Board shall collect $80.00 for a two (2) year appraisal license.