The first step in obtaining your real estate license is successful completion of a pre-licensing course.
Getting your real estate license in North Carolina
In North Carolina, you will need to successfully complete an approved 79-hour pre-licensing course. Candidates must then complete the following steps to become a licensed real estate broker:
- Submit an application form, your completion certificate and $100 to the N.C. Real Estate Commission.
- Register for and pass the North Carolina State Licensing Exam. A $64 examination fee is payable directly to PSI Exams
- Obtain a criminal background check from CriminalRecordCheck.com
Click here for a list of approved schools in North Carolina.
Getting your real estate license in South Carolina
In South Carolina, you will need to successfully complete an approved 60-hour pre-licensing course and complete a South Carolina State Licensing Exam.
- All applicants must be over the age of 18 and have a high school diploma (or certificate of equivalency) and be lawfully present and eligible to work in the United States.
- Before you apply for a license you will also need to complete an additional Unit II: Advanced Real Estate Principles course (30-hours). Passing Score sheets and proof of completion of the Unit II course must be submitted with your licensure application.
- Complete a Criminal Background Check
- Find the classes you need to take before taking the Real Estate Exam:
- Reference Document #140 and Document #150
Click here for information about obtaining a South Carolina real estate license.
Once you pass the State Licensing Exam, you'll receive a provisional broker license. This means you are now able to represent buyers and sellers in real estate transactions at any firm within the state where you are licensed.
In order to maintain your license, you'll be required to complete 90 hours of post-licensing coursework to remove the "provisional" status. You must also take at least one 30-hour provisional class each year to keep your license active.
After your first renewal date, you will then be required to complete 8 hours of continuing education annually in order to maintain your license.