North Carolina Real Estate Licensing

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  • 75-Hour Broker Prelicensing

  • Exam Prep

  • Post Licensing

  • Continuing Education

  • Professional Development


  • Continuing Education

  • Professional Development

North Carolina State Requirements

North Carolina Real Estate Commission

1313 Navajo Drive
Raleigh, NC 27609

Phone: 919-876-3700

Regulatory Affairs: 919-719-9180


North Carolina Real Estate License: Broker

Broker Prelicensing Requirements

      • Be at least 18 years old.
      • Be a United States Citizen, a non-citizen national, or qualified alien
      • Have a Social Security Number
      • Order a background check within six months prior to filing application
      • Successfully complete the 75-hour Broker Prelicensing course
      • Commission determines applicant’s eligibility for licensing exam. Once applicant is deemed qualified, the Commission sends a Notice of Examination Eligibility, which is good for 180 days
      • Contact the exam provider to schedule exam and pay fees. Must take the exam and pass within three years of the date the education was reported to the state


Broker Post-License Education Requirements:

      • Before June 30th, 2020, Brokers must complete at least one Post-Licensing course in each of the first three years following initial licensure to retain eligibility
      • After July 1, 2010, Brokers must complete all three Post-Licensing courses within 18 months of initial licensure to retain eligibility
      • Complete 90 hours of education and the final exams

North Carolina Real Estate License: Broker-in-Charge

Broker-in-Charge Requirements

      • Two years full-time real estate brokerage experience within the last five years
      • Completion of the Commission’s 12-hour Broker-in-Charge course wither within three years prior to designation or within 120 days following designation. Brokers will receive 4 hours of Continuing Education elective credit for the 12-hour course
      • Submit a Broker-in-Charge Declaration form

Continuing Education

Continuing Education Requirements:

      • Licensees must complete 8 hours per annual license period, to include the General Update Course (4 credit hours) or the Broker-in-Charge Update Course (4 credit hours), plus one 4-hour Commission approved elective course.

North Carolina Real Estate Exams

Exam Provider and Application Information:

      • All applicants must complete the online application with the North Carolina Real Estate Commission and be found qualified to take the license exam. To complete the online application, visit:
      • Once the applicant is deemed qualified, the Commission will issue a Notice of Exam Eligibility, which is valid for 180 days from the date it is issued (exam eligibility expiration date will be indicated on the Notice)
      • Please wait one business day following receipt of the electronic Notice of Exam Eligibility before logging in to PSI’s website to schedule an exam – PSI Exams Online
      • Applicants should arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the scheduled examination appointment on the day of the exam
      • All applicants must bring two forms of valid signature-bearing identification:
          • Government-issued Driver’s License
          • U.S. Learner’s Permit
          • National/State/Country Identification Card
          • U.S. Government-issued Passport or Passport Card
          • U.S. Government-issued Military Identification Card
          • Credit or Debit Card (must be signed)
          • Social Security Card
      • If one or both sections of the exam are not passed, the Notice of Exam Eligibility will allow applicants to schedule another examination, as long as as scheduled within the 180-day timeframe, and the applicant has waited 10 days since the last testing date.
      • If exams are not passed, applicants will receive a diagnostic report indicating areas of strengths and needed improvements by exam section
      • If exams are passed, applicants will be notified right away and the state will receive the results. Please wait at least 10 business days to contact the state if license has not been issued.