|Frequently Asked Questions
Who must license?
According to Utah law, a license is required for any individual who prepares, for valuable consideration, an appraisal, appraisal report, certified appraisal report, or performs a consultation service relating to real estate. (UCA 61-2b-3)
Who is exempt from licensing?
A license is not required for the following individuals who give an opinion regarding the value of real estate (but an opinion of value may not be referred to as an "appraisal"):
- A licensed real estate Broker or Sales Agent who gives an opinion of value in the ordinary course of business.
- An employee of a company who gives an opinion of value solely for the company’s use.
- Any government official or employee acting within their scope of duties.
- An auditor or accountant who gives an opinion of value while performing an audit.
- An individual who gives an opinion of value for property in which the individual has an ownership interest.
- An individual who gives an opinion of value for which no consideration is paid and upon which no other party is reasonably expected to rely.
- An individual, such as a researcher or secretary, who does not provide significant professional assistance at arriving at analysis, opinion, or conclusion.
- An attorney authorized to practice law in Utah who uses an appraisal report or who states an opinion of value in the ordinary course of business.
How do I obtain a Temporary Practice Permit for a non-resident?
The State of Utah may issue a six-month Temporary Practice Permit to a non-resident who holds a license/certificate for real estate appraisal from another jurisdiction, if the license/certificate is in good standing and the nature of the business is temporary.
To obtain the Permit, submit to the Division:
NOTE: No more than 2 temporary permits will be issued per calendar year.
How do I obtain a license through reciprocity?
To apply for a license through reciprocity, submit to the Division:
- Completed and signed Appraiser Reciprocity Application.
- Letter of Request from the applicant, which includes a list of all other states in which the applicant is licensed or certified, including those states in which you may have sought only temporary status.
- $470 non-refundable fee ($350 application fee, $80 National Registry fee, and $40 Fingerprint processing fee).
To become a Certified Residential Appraiser an individual must:
- Be an active Licensed Appraiser in good standing.
- Take an additional 50 hours of approved education (for a total of 200 non-duplicative hours) from a certified Appraisal Pre-license School and associate's degree from an accredited college or university. Note: Beginning on January 1, 2015, applicants for a Certified Residential credential must hold a Bachelor's degree, or higher, from an accredited college or university. See complete requirements by clicking here.
- Accumulate an additional 500 experience hours after becoming a Licensed Appraiser (for a total of 2500 experience hours) and have a minimum of 24 months work experience, as outlined in the Appraiser Experience Schedule (for experience prior to 2015) . For experience obtained beginning 2015, use this Appraiser Experience Schedule.
Note: At least 1250 experience hours must be residential.
- Apply to sit for the Certified Residential Appraiser exam by submitting to the Division the following items along with the checklist:
- Upon receipt of the Division’s request for specific appraisal samples, submit the requested samples.
- Upon receipt of written approval from the Appraisal Board, take and pass the Certified Residential Appraiser exam.
- After completing the exam, submit to the Division:
- Checklist along with the items listed below
- Completed and signed documentation of successfully passing the exam (issued at the testing center).
- $80 non-refundable National Registry Fee
Note: Incomplete applications will be returned to the applicant.
Note: Certified Residential Appraisers may appraiser 1-4 residential units of any value or complexity but may not appraise subdivisions for which a development analysis/appraisal is necessary.