Fingerprinting in Missouri
Everyone who is applying for an original Missouri license is required to be fingerprinted before making application for an original real estate license. All applicants are required to have their fingerprints taken through the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s approved vendor for both a Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) and a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) fingerprint background check. Currently, the approved vendor is 3M/Cogent.
A copy of the receipt provided by the approved statewide vendor will need to be attached to the license application. A license will not be issued until the fingerprinting results are received and a satisfactory result is indicated.
Save your receipt. This receipt contains vital tracking information should there be any questions.
Instructions for Completing Fingerprinting
You must first register with the Missouri Automated Criminal History Site (MACHS) at www.machs.mo.gov. Individuals without access to the Internet may contact 3M/Cogent directly at 1-877-862-2425 to have a Fingerprint Services Representative conduct this registration on your behalf.
You will need to provide the MREC’s four-digit registration number, 0004, to authorize the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the FBI to send the results to the Missouri Real Estate Commission.
Upon registration, you will be directed to a list of fingerprinting locations available throughout the state with some sites offering night and/or weekend hours. You are required to bring Photo ID with you to the fingerprint site. Acceptable forms of ID are a valid driver’s license, military ID or passport.
The fee is $40.30 – 3M/COGENT receives $8.30; the Missouri Highway Patrol receives $20.00; and the FBI receives $12.00. The Missouri Real Estate Commission does not receive any portion of the fee. You can pay by either credit or debit card when registering online through www.machs.mo.gov, or you can pay on site with a check, money order or cash (exact change required).