2015 ORS 696.022¹
Licensing system for real estate brokers and property managers
  • rules

(1) The Real Estate Agency shall establish by rule a system for licensing real estate brokers, principal real estate brokers and real estate property managers. The system shall establish, at a minimum:

(a) The form and content of applications for licensing under each category of real estate professional licensed by the agency;

(b) A licensing examination for each category of license;

(c) Schedules and procedures for issuing and renewing licenses;

(d) The term of a license in each category; and

(e) Terms and conditions under which the license of a real estate licensee must be returned or transferred to the Real Estate Commissioner for purposes including, but not limited to, inactivation, suspension or termination of the license.

(2)(a) A real estate broker may engage in professional real estate activity only if the broker is associated with and supervised by a principal real estate broker. Except as provided in paragraph (c) of this subsection, a real estate broker may not employ, engage or supervise the professional real estate activity of another real estate licensee.

(b) To qualify for a real estate broker’s license, an applicant must furnish to the commissioner at the time of application for the license:

(A) Certification by the applicant that the applicant has a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or the international equivalent, or other equivalent education acceptable to the commissioner;

(B) Proof that the applicant:

(i) Has successfully completed the basic real estate broker’s educational courses required by rule of the agency; and

(ii) Has passed the real estate broker’s examination required by rule of the agency; and

(C) Certification that the applicant is at least 18 years of age.

(c) A real estate broker who has acquired three years of active experience as a real estate broker may temporarily supervise the professional real estate activity of another real estate licensee due to unforeseen circumstances or the temporary absence of a sole principal real estate broker, as provided by rule of the agency. The temporary supervision of professional real estate activity allowed under this paragraph may not exceed 90 days.

(3)(a) A principal real estate broker may engage in professional real estate activity. A principal real estate broker may conduct professional real estate activity in conjunction with other real estate brokers or principal real estate brokers or licensed real estate property managers. In addition, a principal real estate broker may employ, engage or supervise the professional real estate activity of another real estate licensee.

(b) To qualify for a principal real estate broker’s license, an applicant must furnish to the commissioner at the time of application for the license:

(A) Certification by the applicant that the applicant has a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED) certificate or the international equivalent, or other equivalent education acceptable to the commissioner;

(B) Proof that the applicant:

(i) Has three years of active experience as a licensed real estate broker or a licensed real estate salesperson as defined in ORS 696.025 (1999 Edition);

(ii) Has passed the principal real estate broker’s examination required by rule of the agency; and

(iii) Has successfully completed the brokerage administration and sales supervision course required by rule of the agency; and

(C) Certification that the applicant is at least 18 years of age.

(4)(a) An individual who holds a real estate property manager license may engage only in the management of rental real estate.

(b) A licensed real estate property manager may employ, engage or supervise the professional real estate activity of another licensed real estate property manager.

(c) To qualify for a real estate property manager’s license, an applicant must furnish to the commissioner at the time of application for the license:

(A) Certification by the applicant that the applicant has a high school diploma or General Educational Development (GED) certificate or the international equivalent, or other equivalent education acceptable to the commissioner;

(B) Proof that the applicant:

(i) Has successfully completed the basic real estate property manager’s educational courses required by rule of the agency; and

(ii) Has passed the real estate property manager’s license examination required by rule of the agency; and

(C) Certification that the applicant is at least 18 years of age.

(5)(a) A license for a real estate broker, principal real estate broker or real estate property manager may be granted only to an individual who is trustworthy and competent to conduct professional real estate activity in a manner that protects the public interest. As a condition of licensing, the commissioner may require proof of competence and trustworthiness that the commissioner deems necessary to protect the public interest.

(b) In implementing this subsection, the commissioner shall require fingerprints and criminal offender information of an applicant for initial licensing and may require fingerprints and criminal offender information of an applicant for license renewal. Fingerprints acquired under this subsection may be used for the purpose of requesting a state or nationwide criminal records check under ORS 181A.195 (Criminal records check).

(6) In order to qualify for a real estate broker’s license, a real estate salesperson licensed in another state or country must successfully complete a course of study and pass a real estate broker’s license examination, both as prescribed by agency rule.

(7) In order to satisfy the educational requirements under subsections (2) to (4) and (6) of this section, a course must be approved by the commissioner. The commissioner shall determine the final examination score acceptable as evidence of successful completion for each required course.

(8) The Real Estate Board may determine that an applicant for a principal real estate broker’s license has experience related to professional real estate activity that is equivalent to the experience required under subsection (3) of this section. [2001 c.300 §9; 2003 c.398 §7; 2005 c.116 §2; 2005 c.730 §37; 2007 c.319 §5; 2009 c.324 §2; 2009 c.502 §1; 2011 c.158 §10]

Note: 696.022 (Licensing system for real estate brokers and property managers) to 696.026 (Registration of business names) were added to and made a part of the Oregon Real Estate License Law by legislative action but were not added to any smaller series therein. See Preface to Oregon Revised Statutes for further explanation.

Notes of Decisions

Under Former Similar Statute (Ors 696.050)

The terms "trustworthy" and "competent" are not unconstitu­tional for vagueness. Klein v. Real Estate Commr. Holbrook, 19 Or App 646, 528 P2d 1355 (1974)

Chapter 696

Atty. Gen. Opinions

Sales of subdivision lots by mobile home salespeople, (1975) Vol 37, p 865; sales or offers of interests in limited partnerships to invest in real estate, (1978) Vol 38, p 1971


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 696—Real Estate and Escrow Activities, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors696.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2015, Chapter 696, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano696.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
 
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent.