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Real Estate Appraisers

DCRA is currently accepting renewal applications for occupational and professional licenses.

  • As of July 1, 2021, you may start submitting your renewal application online if your license reflects an expiration date during the COVID-19 pandemic. For licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later, renewal notices will be sent at a later date.
  • You are strongly encouraged to renew early to ensure that renewal is completed before enforcement begins.
  • All occupational and professional licenses are issued biennially, with the exception of Special Police Officers, whose licenses are issued annually. Licenses that expire October 31, 2021 or later may be renewed as per their usual renewal cycles. Note: if your license reflects an expiration date of 2022, no renewal action is required until 2022 when you may renew beginning 90 days before your current license expires. 

General Information

The District of Columbia Board of Real Estate Appraisers regulates the practice of real estate appraisal, including the functions of a state appraiser certifying and licensing agency under Title XI of the Financial Institutions Reform, Recovery, and Enforcement Act of 1989, approved August 9, 1989. Additionally, the Board protects consumers by enforcing the District of Columbia real estate license law.

The Board consists of five members appointed by the Mayor. Three members are real estate appraisers licensed in the District, one is a real estate broker licensed in the District, and one is a consumer member. Three members of the Board constitute a quorum.

The Board meets on the third Wednesday each month at 10:00 a.m. at the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs located at 1100 4th Street, SW, Washington, DC 20024. Due to the public health emergency, all board meetings are currently being held virtually.

Board meeting minutes are available here.


Get information on Phase Two Guidance Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19): Guidance for Apartments, Cooperatives, and Condominiums.

COVID-19 Phase 2 Information

 

Applicant

Apply for license

Click to apply for a license.

 

Items Needed for Application

All Applicants

  • One 2”x2” passport-style photo (.jpeg format)
  • Un-expired government-issued ID (e.g., driver’s license)
  • Debit or credit card to pay application, exam, or license fees

 

Appraiser Trainee Requirements

  • Complete 79-hour pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider.

 

Certified General Appraiser

 Examination

  • Complete 225-hour pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider. Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) approved pre-licensing course providers, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers
  • Complete 150-hours pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider. Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) approved pre-licensing course providers, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers
  • Complete 100-hours pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider. Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) approved pre-licensing course providers, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers
  • Complete 3,000 hours of experience in no fewer then 18 months; 1,500 hours must be non-residential appraisal work. Work Assignment log can be accessed on the BREA website, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers.
  • Applicants for the Certified General credential must hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university. The college or university must be a degree-granting institution accredited by the Commission on Colleges, a national or regional accreditation association, or by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the US Secretary of Education.. Qualifying education can be found in the The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria book on the BREA website.

Reciprocity

  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies will be accepted.

 

Certified Residential Appraiser

Examination

  • Complete 125-hour pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider. Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) approved pre-licensing course providers, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers
  • Complete 50-hours pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider. Board of Real Estate Appraisers (BREA) approved pre-licensing course providers, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers
  • Complete 1,500 hours of experience in no fewer then 12 months. Work Assignment log can be accessed on the BREA website, visit https://www.dcra.dc.gov/appraisers.
  • All college-level education must be obtained from a degree-granting institution by the Board on Colleges, a national or regional accreditation association, or by an accrediting agency that is recognized by the US Secretary of Education. Qualifying education can be found in the The Real Property Appraiser Qualification Criteria book on the BREA website.

Reciprocity

  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies will be accepted.

 

Licensed Residential Appraiser

Examination

  • Complete 150-hour pre-licensing education from a Board of Real Estate Appraisers-approved educational provider.
  • Complete 1,000 hours of experience in no fewer then 6 months.

Reciprocity

  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies will be accepted.

 

Temporary Certified Appraiser

  • Project description letter that includes the beginning and end date of project and applicants signature.
  • Original letter of license certification from your original jurisdiction. The certification letter has to be dated within 90 days and contain the official seal. Pocket cards and license copies will be accepted.

 

Examination

Exams may be scheduled online or by phone.

To schedule online, visit psiexams.com. New users will need to create an account and register prior to scheduling an exam. Once registered, select “Schedule and examination” and then:

  1. Select Government/State Licensing Agencies
  2. Select District of Columbia exams
  3. Select Account for the type of licensing exam that you are seeking

Applicants may also schedule by phone at 1 (855) 557-0616.

 

Fees  

Real Estate Appraisers

New:
Application – $65.00
License – $170.00 (up to 2 years)*
 
Renewal:   
  1. Residential Appraiser – $195.00 (up to 2 years)*  
  2. Certified General Appraiser – $195.00 (up to 2 years)*  
Late Renewal Fee – $50.00
Examination/Re-examination See § 3500.3   

 

Inactive Status:   

  1. Residential Appraiser – $195.00 (up to 2 years)*  
  2. Certified General Appraiser  – $195.00 (up to 2 years)*
    • Temporary License for Practice in D.C. – $150.00   
    • Duplicate License – $30.00   
    • Verification of Records – $30.00   
    • Real Estate Appraiser Federal Registration – $50.00 (up to 2 years)**  

* In addition, a fee of $130.00 (payable by cashier’s check, certified check, or money order) shall be submitted for the Appraisal Education Fund, unless such payments are suspended.     

** Federal regulations require that local regulatory agencies collect a fee for Federal registration. This fee is in addition to all other fees and is the current Federal fee.

 

Licensee

License Renewal
Expiration Date: February 28; Renewal Year: Even

Submit an application for renewal of an occupational or professional license.

Letter of Certification/License Verification

Continuing Education

Consumer

Search for an Occupational or Professional License
Search for an Occupational or Professional License

Licensing, registration and information for Appraisal Management Companies - Please contact the District of Columbia Department of Insurance, Securities and Banking (Banking Bureau), (202) 727-8000, for all information and inquiries regarding Appraisal Management Companies, including applying, licensing/registration, rosters, AMC Registry, and any other information regarding Appraisal Management Companies,

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Calendar

Meeting Dates  

  • January 28, 2021
  • February 17, 2021
  • March 17, 2021
  • April 21, 2021
  • May 19, 2021
  • June 16, 2021
  • July 21, 2021
  • August – Recess
  • September 15, 2021
  • October 20, 2021
  • November 17, 2021
  • December 15, 2021

 

Contact Us

Board Members

Tamora Papas – Chair, Appraiser
Todd Canterbury – Appraiser Member
Margot Wilson – Real Estate Broker Member
Andrew Sullivan – Appraiser Member
Kiara Pesante Haughton – Consumer Member

To apply for a vacancy, please visit the Mayor’s Office of Talent and Appointments for more information and an application.

Board Staff

Leon Lewis – Program Coordinator
Stacey Williams – Board Administrator
Kevin Cyrus – Education Coordinator
Kathy Thomas – Education Liason

For more information, please contact DCRA’s Occupational and Professional Licensing Administration using our online inquiry form, via email at dcra@dc.gov, by phone at (202) 442-4320.
Direct Email: opla.appraiser@dc.gov

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