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.

What courses are required for a North Carolina real estate license?

In order to attain a North Carolina real estate license, all applicants must complete 75 hours of Pre-Licensing education. The CE Shop offers updated and interactive courses that can be completed in as little as two weeks. Enroll in North Carolina Pre-Licensing Courses today.

Where do I take the North Carolina real estate license exam?

The North Carolina real estate broker exam is administered at various PSI testing centers. You'll have 150 minutes to complete the National portion of the exam and 90 minutes to complete the State portion of the exam. Schedule your North Carolina broker real estate exam at a PSI testing center.

What is the average salary for a North Carolina real estate agent?

The average salary for North Carolina real estate professionals varies based on experience and location. According to, the average real estate broker salary in North Carolina is between $30-80k.

How old do you have to be to get your North Carolina real estate license?

In order to be eligible for a North Carolina real estate license, you must be at least 18 years old.

Do you need to have a diploma or GED to get your North Carolina real estate license?

You do not need to have a high school diploma or its equivalent to attain a North Carolina real estate license. No post-secondary formal education is required either.

Does North Carolina have real estate license reciprocity with any other states?

North Carolina does not have a formal reciprocity arrangement with any other states. However, out-of-state agents can speed up the North Carolina licensing process by getting the education portion waived. The prospective agent's place of residence does not impact their ability to become licensed in North Carolina. All reciprocity applicants will at least have to pass the North Carolina portion of the state licensing exam. By contacting the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, interested parties can apply and ask personalized reciprocity questions.

For more information about how reciprocity works and which states offer it nationwide, visit our Guide to Reciprocity and Portability.


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