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North Carolina Real Estate State Licensing and CE Requirements

Broker Pre-Licensing Requirements (Provisional Broker)

  1. Be at least 18 years old
  2. Be a United States Citizen, a non-citizen national or a qualified alien
  3. Have a Social Security Number
  4. Order background check within six months prior to filing application
  5. Successfully complete the 75-hour Broker Pre Licensing Course
  6. Submit application and fee and required documentation to state (Applications can be found online at )
  7. Commission determines applicant’s eligibility for licensing exam. Once applicant is deemed qualified, Commission sends a “Notice of Examination Eligibility” which is good for 180 days
  8. Application contacts testing service (AMP) 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-in-Charge Requirements

  1. Two years full-time real estate brokerage experience within the last five years
  2. Completion of the Commission’s 12 hour Broker-in-Charge Course either within three years prior to designation or within 120 days following designation. Brokers will receive four hours of Continuing education elective credit for the 12 hour course.
  3. Submit a “Broker-in-Charge Declaration” form (REC Form 2.04)

Post-Licensing Education Requirements

  1. Before June 30th, 2020 Broker’s must complete at least one Postlicensing course in each of the first three years following initial licensure to retain eligibility
  2. After July 1, 2020 Broker’s must complete all three Postlicensing courses within 18 months of initial licensure to retain eligibility
  3. Complete 90 hours of education and the final exams

Continuing Education Requirements

  1. 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.

Exam Provider and Application Information

  1. All applicants must complete the Online application with the NCREC and be found qualified to take the license examination.
  2. Visit to complete online application
  3. Once the Commission determines the applicant qualified, 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)
  4. Please wait one business day following receipt of the electronic Notice of Exam Eligibility before logging into PSI’s website to schedule an exam date and time.
  5. It is highly recommended that applications read the Candidate Information Bulletin
  6. On the day of examination, applications should arrive 30 minutes before scheduled examination appointment.
  7. All applicants must bring two forms of valid signature-bearing identification
    1. Government issued Driver’s License
    2. U.S. Learner’s Permit
    3. National/State/Country Identification Card
    4. U.S. Government Issued Passport or Passport Card
    5. U.S. Government Issued Military Identification Card
    6. Credit/Debit Card (must be signed)
    7. Social Security Card
  8. If one or both sections of the exam are not passed, the Notice of Exam Eligibility will allow applications to schedule another examination, as long as scheduled within the 180 day time-frame and application has waited 10 days after last testing date.
  9. If exams are not pass, applicants will receive a diagnostic report indicating areas of improvement and strengths by examination section.
  10. If exams are passed, applicants will be notified right away and the state will receive the results. Please wait up to 10 business days to contact the state if license has not been issued.