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Eligibility information for both REALTOR® Association Membership and Requirements to join the CMAR Multiple Listing Service (MLS) are below.

REALTOR® Membership

Eligibility for REALTOR® membership requirements:

  • Current, valid California real estate broker or salesperson license or California real estate appraisal certification or license.
  • Remain actively engaged in the real estate profession.
  • Maintain or be associated with a real estate office located within the state of California or a state contiguous thereto.
  • Have no record of official sanctions rendered by the courts or other lawful authorities for 1) violations of civil rights laws or real estate license laws within the past three years or 2) criminal convictions within the past ten years where the crime was punishable by death or imprisonment in excess of one year under the law under which the applicant was convicted.
  • Either act as sole proprietor, partner, corporate officer of a real estate firm or office manager of a real estate firm acting on behalf of the firms principal OR Remain employed by or affiliated as an independent contractor with a REALTOR® member who meets the requirements.

REALTOR® members who hold primary memberships with another local association in California can join CMAR as a secondary member.

CMAR REALTOR® Association fees are prorated from the month the licensee registers with the broker. Thereafter, dues are annually billed by December 1st and are considered late after 30 days.

Each firm shall designate a “Designated REALTOR®” (typically the principal/broker) who are responsible for paying all local, state and national membership dues for each non-REALTOR® licensee (also referred to as non-member salesperson or “NMSP”). In order to maintain membership at all three levels of the organization, the Designated REALTOR® is responsible for paying his/her dues obligation, which includes non-member salespersons fees, to prevent his/her membership from being inactivated.

2017 Required REALTOR® Membership Fees

$150.00 – CMAR Initiation Fee
$325.00 – CMAR Annual Membership Dues
$184.00 – CAR Annual Membership Dues
$30.00 – CAR New Member Fee
$30.00 – CAR Late Renewal Fee
$120.00 – NAR Annual Membership Dues
$35.00 – NAR Public Awareness

2018 Required REALTOR® Membership Fees

$150.00 – CMAR Initiation Fee
$365.00 – CMAR Annual Membership Dues
$284.00 – CAR Annual Membership Dues
$30.00 – CAR New Member Fee
$30.00 – CAR Late Renewal Fee
$120.00 – NAR Annual Membership Dues
$35.00 – NAR Public Awareness

Optional REALTOR® Contributions

REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) – $20 / $49 / $148
CAR Housing Affordability Fund (HAF) – $10 / $25 / $100 / $500 / $1,000
Optional contributions can be made at any time, either with a single payment or monthly payments.

Dues payments and assessments (CMAR, CAR, and NAR) and contributions to the REALTOR® Action Fund are not tax deductible as charitable contributions at the Federal level. Contributions to the CAR Housing Affordability Fund are charitable and tax deductible under both Federal and State law. Payments, exclusing the portion of dues used for lobbying activities and REALTOR® Action Fund, may be deductible as ordinary and necessary business expenses. Please consult your tax professional.

Printable – 2017 Prorated REALTOR® Dues

Printable – 2018 Prorated REALTOR®Dues

CMAR REALTOR® and/or MLS Application

Credit Card Authorization

MLS Users

Requirements for MLS Broker Participant:

  • Valid California real estate broker’s license.
  • Principal, partner, corporate office or branch office manager acting on behalf of a principal.
  • Offers and/or accepts compensation in the capacity of a real estate broker.
  • Signed written agreement to abide by the CMAR MLS Rules and Regulations.
  • Pay all applicable MLS fees.
  • Provide and maintain valid, working email address.
  • Completion of mandatory MLS orientation.

Requirements for MLS Appraiser Participant:

  • Valid California Appraisers certification or license.
  • Principal, partner, corporate office or branch office manager acting on behalf of a principal.
  • Signed written agreement to abide by the CMAR MLS Rules and Regulations.
  • Pay all applicable MLS fees.
  • Provide and maintain valid, working email address.
  • Completion of mandatory MLS orientation.

Requirements for MLS Real Estate Subscriber:

  • Valid California real estate broker’s or salesperson’s license.
  • Employed by or affiliated as an independent contractor with a Broker Participant.
  • Signed written agreement to abide by the CMAR MLS Rules and Regulations.
  • Pay all applicable MLS fees.
  • Provide and maintain valid, working email address.
  • Completion of mandatory MLS orientation.

Requirements for MLS Appraiser Subscriber:

  • Valid California Appraisers certification or license.
  • Employed by or affiliated as an independent contractor with an Appraiser Participant.
  • Signed written agreement to abide by the CMAR MLS Rules and Regulations.
  • Pay all applicable MLS fees.
  • Provide and maintain valid, working email address.
  • Completion of mandatory MLS orientation.

Requirements for MLS Clerical User:

  • Under direct supervision of MLS Participant or Subscriber, performing only administrative and clerical tasks that do not require a real estate or appraiser license or certificate.
  • Signed written agreement to abide by the CMAR MLS Rules and Regulations.
  • Pay all applicable MLS fees.
  • Provide and maintain valid, working email address.
  • Completion of mandatory MLS orientation.

Required MLS Application and Recurring Participation Fees

$1,000.00 – Broker Participant / Appraiser Participant Initiation Fee
$500.00 – Real Estate (Associate Broker or Salesperson) Subscriber / Appraiser Subscriber Initiation Fee
$180.00 – 2017 Recurring Participation Fee (Quarterly)
$210.00 – 2018 Recurring Participation Fee (Quarterly)
$100.00 – Recurring Clerical User Fee (Quarterly)
Note: Participants are eligible for one (1) Clerical User at no additional cost. Additional clerical users will be billed as noted above.

CMAR REALTOR® and/or MLS Application

Clerical User Application

Credit Card Authorization