North Carolina Broker Pre-Licensing NC Real Estate License FAQs

Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in North Carolina

We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in North Carolina is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.

How do I become a North Carolina real estate agent?

To get a North Carolina Broker license, you must complete the following steps as required by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission:

How long does it take to get a North Carolina real estate license?

The most time-consuming factor in getting your North Carolina real estate broker license is completing the Pre-Licensing education requirement of 75 instruction hours. Once you finish your education portion, you’ll find that scheduling your state exam, completing the background check, and finding a sponsoring broker can be completed on your own timeline. Individuals motivated to get their real estate license have been known to complete the entire process within a couple of months.

What is a Provisional Broker?

A Provisional Broker is an entry-level broker that all real estate agents start as in North Carolina. Provisional Brokers can work as an agent and sell homes, but they must work under a Broker-In-Charge who oversees all transactions. The Broker-In-Charge helps train and grow the Provisional Broker as they gain experience in the industry. To remove provisional status, a Provisional Broker must complete the 90-hour Post-Licensing education program.

What should I know about North Carolina Post-Licensing?

Once you become a Provisional Broker, you’ll need to begin working on Post-Licensing requirements to remove the provisional status from your license and title. Brokers have less oversight and regulatory requirements than a Provisional Broker.

To complete your Post-Licensing requirements, you must enroll in three separate 30-hour courses for a total of 90 classroom hours within the first three years of being licensed. Upon completion, students can apply for official Broker licensure.

Can I become a North Carolina real estate agent if I have felonies or misdemeanors?

While there is no rule excluding persons with a criminal record from receiving their real estate license, the state does have the right to deny someone due to a criminal history. During the North Carolina Broker application process, applicants must complete a criminal background check. The North Carolina Real Estate Commission will consider the nature of the crimes prior to approving an application.

What are the Continuing Education requirements for a North Carolina Broker?

To renew and maintain your North Carolina Broker License, you’ll need to complete 8 hours of Continuing Education every 12 months. You can complete these online, then submit the hours to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. See the North Carolina Real Estate Commission website for more detailed information.

Is residency in North Carolina required to receive a license in the state?

No. Residency is not required to become a North Carolina Broker.

What states does North Carolina have license reciprocity agreements with?

North Carolina does have reciprocity agreements with multiple states. It is recommended that you contact the North Carolina Real Estate Commission by phone for the most up to date information.

Is the North Carolina Real Estate Exam hard?

Whether one finds the state exam hard varies from person to person. Regardless of your confidence going into the test, the best way to prepare is to enroll in Exam Prep Edge. This course offers affordable instruction and practice tests tailored to what's on the actual North Carolina Broker exam.

Can I get my North Carolina real estate license online?

To become licensed in North Carolina, you can complete your 75 hours of approved Pre-Licensing education online. North Carolina students no longer have to go to a physical classroom.

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