Donald, I am surprised that a simple question has turned into a continuing saga, but, you are correct - a "referral" agent cannot have access to the MLS - they can't join it, or sign on unless they happen to be an admin - the question from Jeanne had nothing to do with her becoming an admin or office staff member of any kind - she asked about switching her license, and asked if she can have ACCESS to the MLS as a referral agent.
Jeanne - here are the number of 2 major MLS's in the state - feel free to verify that what I said is true.
Garden State 973 898-1900
As a point of information, Donald, this type of license became effective as of July, 2011 - so it is a fairly new license status in NJ. It came about as a result of our "new" continuing education requirements (we were probably one of the few remaining states to finally require CE).
The agents who did little business, or wanted to retire, wanted to keep their licenses active, but not be required to take CE courses..........so the state came up with this "referal" status, eliminating the need to obtain the 12 credits.
Referral agent licenses are considered "active", by the state, but restricted as to what they can and can't do.
Jeanne- here is a link to everythig you will want to know about your new status as a referral agent.
Best wishes to you!