Nonresident Licensees: CE Required to Renew on Active Status

To be considered a nonresident North Carolina real estate broker, a licensee cannot have EITHER a North Carolina business address, mailing address or residence address.

NOTE: The options below are available only to nonresident licenses who do not have CE or Postlicensing education deficiencies in their NC license records and who wish to renew their NC licenses on active status (or to activate their NC licenses).

  • Nonresident licensees whose licenses are inactive and who have CE deficiencies in their records are subject to the requirements for activation in Commission Rule 58A .1703 .
  • Nonresident licensees whose licenses are inactive and who have Postlicensing deficiencies in their records are subject to the requirements for activation in Commission Rule 58A .1902 .

Nonresident Options for Renewal

The Commission recognizes that many of its nonresident licensees (persons with North Carolina licenses who live in other states) may hold licenses in other states and are subject to the real estate continuing education requirements of those states. The Commission offers its nonresident licensees the following options for satisfying the continuing education requirements for license renewal on active status.

1. Certify Active Status in Another State [ Rule 58A .1711(a)(1) ]

A nonresident licensee with an active real estate license in another state renew his/her North Carolina license on active status by certifying active license status in another state during the license renewal process, even if the other state’s continuing education requirement is different from North Carolina’s requirement. Nonresidents who elect this option should not submit any continuing education course completion certificates nor make a special request for continuing education credit.

2. Take North Carolina CE Courses [ Rule 58A .1711(a)(2) ]

A nonresident licensee may elect to be treated the same as a resident licensee and take CE courses that are approved by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. Continuing education sponsors and courses are available from the Commission’s website at www.ncrec.gov.

3. Take Continuing Education Courses Approved in Another State

A nonresident licensee may fully satisfy the CE requirement by completing CE courses which are approved by the real estate licensing agency in the licensee’s resident state or in the state where the course or courses are completed. To obtain credit for such a CE course(s), the licensee must submit a written request for CE credit using the CE Credit Request (Form REC 7.13) accompanied by a nonrefundable processing fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) per request, payable to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

4. Obtain Equivalent Credit [ Rule 58A .1711(a)(4) ]

A nonresident broker may obtain eight hours equivalent credit for a course or courses not approved by the Commission or for related educational activities as provided in Rule .1708 of this Section. Each request for equivalent credit must be submitted on using the CE Credit Request (Form REC 7.13) accompanied by a nonrefundable processing fee of fifty dollars ($50.00) per request, payable to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

No Credit for Prelicensing Courses

Continuing education credit will NOT be awarded for real estate prelicensing courses, even if such courses are recognized for CE credit by the real estate licensing agency in another state.