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

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.

NOTE: If you do not hold a North Carolina address, you must submit a Nonresident Supplement form (REC 1.45) with your license application. If you use the online application system, you will be automatically prompted for the relevant information. If you complete and submit a paper application, you will have to attach the Supplement form, which may be downloaded here.

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