The following Membership Qualification Criteria have been developed by the Membership Policy and Board Jurisdiction Committee of the National Association to provide “reasonable and nondiscriminatory written requirements for membership.” These Membership Qualification Criteria are the most rigorous qualifications that an association of REALTORS® may require of REALTOR® applicants.

Associations may elect to adopt all, some, or none of the criteria. All membership qualification criteria adopted by an association must be set forth in its bylaws. 

The Criteria and explanatory notes have the approval of National Association legal counsel, and were approved by the Board of Directors of the National Association of REALTORS® February 5, 1974, and amended in 1982, 1985, 1987,1990, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2007, and 2017.

Membership Qualification Criteria for:

Note: The term "principal" as used in the NAR Constitution and Bylaws and in other relevant policies, includes licensed or certified individuals who are sole proprietors, partners in a partnership, officers or majority shareholders of a corporation, or office managers (including branch office managers) acting on behalf of principals of a real estate firm. (Adopted 11/96)