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  339.505.  Titles of state-certified or state-licensed appraiser, who may use — certification or licensure not required to appraise for compensation — management companies, registration required, exceptions. — 1.  It shall be unlawful for any person in this state to assume or use the title "state-licensed real estate appraiser" or "state-certified real estate appraiser", or any title, designation or abbreviation likely to create the impression of licensure or certification by the state of Missouri as a real estate appraiser, unless the person has first been licensed or certified by the Missouri real estate appraisers commission pursuant to the provisions of sections 339.500 to 339.549.  The commission may adopt, for the exclusive use of persons licensed or certified pursuant to sections 339.500 to 339.549, a seal, symbol or other mark identifying the user as a state-licensed or state-certified real estate appraiser.

  2.  Any person certified as a real estate appraiser by an appraisal trade organization, on August 28, 1998, shall retain the right to use the term "certified" or any similar term in identifying himself or herself to the public; provided that, in each instance wherein such term is used, the name of the certifying organization or body is prominently and conspicuously displayed immediately adjacent to such term, and provided further that the use of such term does not create the impression of certification by the state of Missouri.  Nothing in this section shall entitle any person certified only by a trade organization, and not certified or licensed by the state, the right to conduct any appraisal.

  3.  The term "state-licensed real estate appraiser", "state-certified real estate appraiser" or any similar term shall not be used following or immediately in connection with the name of a partnership, association, corporation or other firm or group or in such manner that it might create the impression of licensure or certification by the state of Missouri as a real estate appraiser.

  4.  No person shall, directly or indirectly, engage or attempt to engage in the business as an appraisal management company, to directly or indirectly engage or attempt to perform appraisal management services, or to advertise or hold itself out as engaging in or conducting business as an appraisal management company without first obtaining a registration issued by the commission under sections 339.500 to 339.549; except for:

  (1)  The performance of services as an appraisal firm;

  (2)  A national or state bank, federal or state savings institution, or credit union that is subject to direct regulation or supervision by an agency of the United States government, or by the Missouri department of commerce and insurance, that receives a request for the performance of an appraisal from one employee of the financial institution, and another employee of the same financial institution assigns the request for the appraisal to an appraiser who is an independent contractor to the institution;

  (3)  An appraisal management company that is a subsidiary owned and controlled by a financial institution and regulated by a federal institution regulatory agency;

  (4)  An appraiser that enters into an agreement, whether written or otherwise, with an appraiser for the performance of an appraisal, and upon the completion of the appraisal, the report of the appraiser performing the appraisal is signed by both the appraiser who completed the appraisal and the appraiser who requested the completion of the appraisal;

  (5)  A state agency or local municipality that orders appraisals for ad valorem tax purposes or any other business on behalf of the state of Missouri;

  (6)  Any person licensed to practice law in this state, a court-appointed personal representative, or a trustee who orders an appraisal in connection with a bona fide client relationship when such person directly contracts with an independent appraiser.

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(L. 1990 H.B. 1456 § 4, A.L. 1998 H.B. 1601, et al., A.L. 2012 H.B. 1103)


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