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South Carolina Real Estate License FAQs

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Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Real Estate License in South Carolina

We'd be worried if you didn't have questions! Getting your real estate license in South Carolina is a big step, so to help, we've collected some frequently asked questions below.

How do I get a South Carolina real estate license?

To get a South Carolina real estate salesperson license you must complete the following steps as required by the SC Real Estate Commission:

  • Complete 90 hours of Pre-Licensing education through an approved provider
  • Complete a South Carolina criminal background check
  • Apply with the Commission to take the licensing examination
  • Register to take the exam with PSI Exams Online
  • Find a sponsoring broker-in-charge
  • Apply for salesperson license within one year of taking exam


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

The two most time-consuming factors to getting your South Carolina real estate salesperson license include completing the criminal background check and completing the Pre-Licensing education requirement. Background checks can take up to 16 weeks. The quickest way to complete the 90 hours of required Pre-Licensing education is to choose a course provider that allows you the ability to control the pace and tempo of your coursework, such as The CE Shop.


How do I renew my South Carolina real estate license?

The previous 30-hour Post-Licensing requirement required of licensees in their first year changed at the beginning of 2017.* That previous 30-hour requirement is now part of the 90-hour Pre-Licensing requirement that must be completed before applying for a license. 

For agents renewing starting in 2018, a total of 10 Continuing Education hours must be completed every two years by June 30. The 10 hours consist of a 4-hour mandatory core course and 6 hours of electives. 

*A revision to the South Carolina Real Estate Licensing Law (S.1013/Act.170) was signed into law on May 23, 2016 and went into effect on January 1, 2017. Of note, a total of 90 hours of Pre-Licensing education must be completed before taking the licensing exam and applying for a salesperson license. There will no longer be a one-year “provisional” license issued after taking 60 hours of Pre-Licensing education and taking the exam.


How much does it cost to get a South Carolina real estate license?

The fixed costs involved in getting your South Carolina real estate salesperson license include:

  • License Examination Fee – $63.00
  • Salesperson Exam Application Fee – $35.00 (includes $10 for credit check)
  • Salesperson License Fee – $25.00 (paid after passing exam)

Variable costs include tuition and fees for Pre-Licensing education. Other costs may apply, such as a fee for the criminal background check.

Note: These costs are subject to be changed by the state at any time.


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

No. South Carolina residency is not required for licensure in South Carolina.


What states does South Carolina have license reciprocity agreements with?

South Carolina has reciprocity agreements with three states: North Carolina, Georgia, and West Virginia. All licensed agents seeking reciprocity must meet the age, education, and experience requirements set forth by the South Carolina Real Estate Commission.




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