Get your license: State-licensed real estate appraisers

Learn what the requirements are to become licensed as a real estate appraiser and how to apply.

Who needs a license?

Anyone who provides appraisal services for all types of real property.

How to apply

Follow the steps below to apply for a real estate appraiser certification.

1. Meet the requirements

You must meet all of the following education and experience requirements.


To be eligible to take the exam, you must successfully complete a total of 150 classroom hours of approved real estate appraisal courses, including all of the following:

Subject Hours required
Basic appraisal principles 30 hours
Basic appraisal procedures 30 hours
Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP) 15 hours
Residential market analysis and highest and best use 15 hours
Residential appraiser site valuation and cost approach 15 hours
Residential sales comparison and income approaches 30 hours
Residential appraiser report writing and case studies 15 hours


Before you may take the exam, you must:

  1. Find a certified appraiser willing to supervise your work experience as a licensed state-registered appraiser trainee.
  2. Work under the supervisory appraiser to get at least a year of real estate appraiser experience (12 full months, first date through last date of experience log, and 2,000 hours).

2. Apply to take your exam

Before you apply for the exam

  1. Complete the Real Estate Appraiser Applicant Experience Log in chronological order. You won't be granted credit for restricted appraisal reports. Trainees won't be granted credit for reviewing appraisal reports.
    • Every page must be signed by you. All pages with supervised experience must also be signed by your supervisor. If you have multiple supervisors, a separate log must be maintained for each supervisor. If you are a returning appraiser using experience from when you were licensed, you do not need to sign twice.
  2. Request official college transcripts be sent to:

    Real Estate Appraiser Section
    Department of Licensing
    PO Box 9021
    Olympia, WA 98507-9021

  3. Gather your appraiser education course completion certificates.
  4. Be ready to answer legal background questions and provide documents if needed.

Apply for the exam online

Log into SecureAccess Washington (SAW) or create an account to apply, upload your paperwork, and pay the exam fee.

Apply for the exam by mail



  • Copies of your appraiser education course completion certificates.
  • Appraiser Applicant/Trainee Assignment Log(s). We recommend you keep copies of your signed logs.
  • An official college transcript if it was not sent directly by the college.
  • check or money order for the non-refundable application fee payable to the Department of Licensing.

Mail your forms and a check or money order (payable to the Department of Licensing) for the non-refundable application fee:

Department of Licensing.
Real Estate Appraiser
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124-3777

Allow at least two weeks for processing. We'll review the application to determine if you're eligible for the exam, and we'll notify you if you're approved to take the exam or explain why your application was denied.

After you're approved for the exam

Schedule your exam online, by phone, or by mail. For more information, see the Candidate Handbook.

3. Submit your score and pay the certification fee

Submit your score online

Log in or sign up to submit your score and pay your fee online.

Submit your score by mail

Mail your original passing score report from the exam vendor with a check or money order for the certification fee payable to the Department of Licensing) to:

Real Estate Appraiser Section
Department of Licensing
PO Box 3777
Seattle, WA 98124-3777

For veterans, military personnel, and partners

Your military experience or training might help you meet licensing requirements. You may also be able to get a temporary license if you're moving here with a current license from another state. Learn more about using your military training to meet professional license requirements.

If you're a U.S. veteran, you may be eligible for partial reimbursement of your fees. Learn more about getting reimbursed for fees.

Need additional help? Here's how to contact us:

call Phone: 360-664-6504
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