Apply For a License

Application Process Overview


Any person or business engaging in real estate transactions as an agent for another (including time share transactions) must first obtain a license from the Commission.

The process for obtaining a license by examination is:

  1. Applicant completes required real estate course or otherwise satisfies prelicense requirements.
  2. Applicant files application form and fee with Commission, either online or in paper form.
  3. Commission determines applicant's eligibility for licensing examination and sends qualified applicants a notice of examination eligibility.
  4. Applicant contacts testing service to pay examination fee and schedule examination.
  5. After applicant passes the examination, Commission determines whether applicant possesses the requisite “character” for licensure.
  6. Commission issues license to qualified applicant.
Additional Information

Real Estate Licensing in North Carolina can be viewed here.

The North Carolina Real Estate Manual is available for online purchase

The North Carolina Real Estate License Law and Commission Rules (including the Trust Account Guidelines and Comments on the Law and Rules) is available for online purchase.

A list of Commission-approved schools offering real estate prelicensing and postlicensing courses is available.

Licensing requirements that may be satisfied by military training or experience

Application Forms

The Commission’s online application system may be used to apply for a broker license by examination or for reinstatement of a license. It may also be used by an applicant applying for a license based on holding a license in another jurisdiction.

Applicants from Another Jurisdiction

Applicants applying for a license based on holding a license in another jurisdiction must pass the “State” section of the license examination. The Commission strongly recommends that such applicants utilize the “North Carolina Real Estate License Examination State Section Study Guidelines” provided here.

To access the Commission's online application system, click here.

You may also request an application form to be sent to you by U.S. Mail by sending an email to publications@ncrec.gov or by filling out the form below.

Note to Nonresidents: You must submit a “Nonresident Supplement” with your license application. When you request an application, the Supplement form will also be mailed to you. If you did not receive the form or if you need another copy, click here to download it.

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