North Carolina Real Estate License Requirements

Learn about the North Carolina education requirements for real estate licensing and renewal.

Licensing Board/Commission: North Carolina Real Estate Commission

North Carolina Real Estate Education Requirements:

  • North Carolina real estate salesperson license: N/A
  • North Carolina real estate broker license: 75 hours

Post License:

  • Until June 30, 2020, Provisional Brokers (PBs) must complete at least one Postlicensing course in each of the first three years following initial licensure in order to retain eligibility to actively engage in real estate brokerage.
  • Effective July 1, 2020, PBs must complete all 3 Postlicensing courses within 18 month of initial licensure to retain eligibility to actively engage in real estate brokerage.

North Carolina State Reciprocity:

Real estate commissions and boards across the country are adopting policies for a real estate agents in one state to more easily become licensed in another state.

In North Carolina, an applicant who holds a current salesperson or broker real estate license in another state (or US territory or Canadian jurisdiction) that has been on active status within the previous three years may qualify to waive the 75-hour North Carolina broker prelicense course, as well as the national section of the North Carolina real estate license exam.

The applicant must first pass the State section of the examination and demonstrate satisfactory moral character.

North Carolina Real Estate Continuing Education (CE) and License Renewal Requirements:

  • Real estate professionals in North Carolina must renew their real estate licenses every year by June 10
  • Licensees must take 8 hours of real estate CE classes, including the 4-hour update course provided by the Real Estate Commission (REC)