Yes! Both Maryland and Virginia require that title agents be licensed by the state in order to work there. In Maryland, the agent must complete a pre-licensing course from the Maryland Land Title Association before taking the state exam. A 16-hour pre-licensing course from the Virginia Land Title Association is required for anyone seeking to take the license exam in Virginia.
Once they are licensed, agents in both states must renew their licenses every two years. Continuing education is required for license renewal, including courses in ethics and other title-related topics. This ensures that agents are current on legislation and other changes to titling in their state.