I have researched the statute you quoted and I am finding nothing other than licensees or licensed people. I have taken the time to do this because I was shocked at your answer regarding this. What I have found is the following:
"A. Wis. Stat. Â§ 452.19 permits a broker to pay referral fees and finders fees to other Wisconsin licensees as long as that person's license is active, regardless of the fact that the person holds a salesperson's license (rather than a broker's license). The fact that the person is not currently employed by a broker is not relevant.
Pursuant to Wis. Stat. Â§ 452.14(3)(f), any referral fee received by an employed salesperson (whether licensed as a broker or a salesperson) in connection with a real estate transaction may be received by the salesperson only from the salesperson's employing broker. A non-employed or inactive salesperson, however, can make a referral and receive a fee.
It may be prudent practice to ask for a copy of an agent's license before entering into an agreement for a paid referral. The agent must have a valid, current license - he or she must complete the continuing education requirements and pay the renewal fee each biennium to keep his or her salesperson's license current, or must have an inactive license with the DRL per Wis. Stat. Â§ 452.12(6). It is not necessary that the agent be a local Board or WRA member."
If you have information to the contrary, I would truly be interested in seeing it first hand.