Montana Code Annotated 2021



Part 2. Licensure

Real Estate Appraiser License -- Scope And Display Of License

37-54-201. Real estate appraiser license -- scope and display of license. (1) Upon proof that an applicant meets the qualifications set out in 37-54-202, the board shall issue to the applicant a real estate appraiser license.

(2) The term "licensed real estate appraiser" may not be used to describe a firm, partnership, corporation, group, or anyone other than an individual licensee. However, a licensed real estate appraiser may engage in real estate appraisal as a professional corporation.

(3) This chapter does not preclude a person who is not a licensed or certified real estate appraiser from appraising real property for transactions not related to a federal agency or project for compensation if the person does not purport to be a licensed or certified real estate appraiser. A person who purports that the person or the person's company is licensed under this section or certified under 37-54-302 and 37-54-303 without possessing the applicable license or certificate is guilty of a misdemeanor.

(4) This section does not:

(a) prohibit a person who is licensed to practice in this state under any law from engaging in the practice for which the person is licensed;

(b) apply to public officials in the conduct of their official duties that are not governed by the rules established by the federal financial institutions examination council agencies.

(5) A licensed or certified real estate appraiser is subject to restrictions on the scope of practice, depending on the value and complexity of the federally related transaction or transactions pursuant to rules established by the federal financial institutions examination council agencies, and the restrictions must remain current with any changes in those rules.

(6) A licensed real estate appraiser shall conspicuously display the license in the appraiser's principal place of business.

History: En. Sec. 5, Ch. 409, L. 1991; amd. Sec. 29, Ch. 481, L. 1997; amd. Sec. 9, Ch. 196, L. 2003.