Bylaws Certification Frequently Asked Questions
There have been no mandatory changes for association bylaws for 2023 so there will be no certification form for bylaws for 2023. Certification of governing documents need only be done in those years that NAR mandates changes to association or MLS governing documents.
Since 2018, NAR utilizes a streamlined process for verification of bylaws compliance. Our goal is to provide state and local REALTOR® associations with the best resources to allow them to adopt and implement policies and procedures that result in the most effective governance of their organizations. From now on, there is no need for your association to submit your bylaws for review by NAR staff. You just need to certify that your association bylaws include the five (5) mandatory provisions that NAR requires to be adopted verbatim. Those mandatory provisions are:
2. Code of Ethics: Professional Standards and Training
3. REALTOR® Trademark
4. State and National Membership
You may view the required bylaws provisions for local associations. The language for state associations is available by emailing Dan Doepke at email@example.com.
Learn more about the MLS governing documents certification process.
There have been no mandatory changes for association bylaws for 2023 so there will be no certification form for bylaws for 2023.
To complement the certification process, NAR has developed enhanced governance resources and "best practices" that will enable associations to implement bylaws, policies, and procedures that best meet their needs.
Also see: Annual Changes to Professional Standards, MLS, and Membership Policies.
Frequently asked questions on this new process are also available.