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

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, download it here.

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