Row of REALTOR® Emeritus Medals and Badges Lined on a Table

REALTOR® Emeritus status is a special membership status honoring those REALTORS® who have held membership in the National Association as a REALTOR®, REALTOR-ASSOCIATE®, or both, for a cumulative period of forty (40) years.

Emeritus members receive a certificate and pin to show their status, payment of National Association dues is waived for the remainder of their membership* and they are exempt from the Code of Ethics Training requirement.

Emeritus status is granted by the National Association of REALTORS®. Local and state associations have no influence on the selection process.

* Please note that the dues waiver does not take effect until the dues year immediately following the Board of Directors' approval.

How to Apply for REALTOR® Emeritus Status

To receive REALTOR® Emeritus status, candidates must fulfill certain eligibility requirements. Read on for information about the requirements and the annual application deadlines.


The REALTOR® Emeritus eligibility criteria are as follows:

In addition to the required forty (40) years of REALTOR® membership:

  • Applications submitted in the years 2015 through 2019 will require proof of one (1) year of service* at the local, state or National Association level.
  • Applications submitted in 2020 and beyond will require proof of one (1) year of service* at the National Association level.
* "Service" is defined as serving as an officer, director, committee member, federal political coordinator, president’s liaison or regional coordinator to a country with which NAR holds a reciprocal agreement.


The application opens every year from January 15 until April 2 and again from June 15 until October 2.

The deadline to submit your application to MAAR is March 29, 2019, in order to complete certification forms for REALTOR® Emeritus status for approval in May at the REALTORS® Legislative Meetings & Trade Expo in Washington, D.C. and Sept. 24, 2019, for approval in November at the REALTORS® Conference & Expo.

Apply to Become a REALTOR® Emeritus

If you would like to apply for REALTOR® Emeritus membership with MAAR, please download and complete the application for certification. A completed application is necessary to begin the approval process for REALTOR® Emeritus status, which must be completed by the candidate’s local association.

Documentation substantiating the candidate’s forty (40) years of membership (and one (1) year of service, as applicable) must be attached to the application.

Applications may be submitted online or in person to Member ServicesFor more information about the REALTOR® Emeritus program, contact Phyllis McKee.

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