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NC Real Estate License Through Reciprocity

The Albemarle Area School of Real Estate's 5-Step Plan

Our Complete Guide to Reciprocity

The NC Real Estate Commission has made it easy to get your NC real estate license through reciprocity when you’ve worked as a real estate agent in another state.

Here are the steps and links to help guide you through the process.


The Rules

Applicants who hold a current real estate license in another state that has been on active status ANYTIME within the previous three (3) years may waive the 75-hour North Carolina Broker Prelicensing Course as well as the National section of the North Carolina real estate license examination and do ONE of the following: 

  1. Pass the State section of the examination   ~OR~

  2. Waive the State section of the examination and be issued a NC real estate broker license on provisional status (must take the 3 postlicsing classes within 18 months).

Are you ready to apply for a NC license? Click here to access the Commission's online application system.


Order Your Certificate & Background Check

Obtain your certificate of licensure from the state where you are/were licensed as a real estate agent. 

Request your NC Background check


Submit Your Application to the NC Real Estate Commission

Once you receive your certificate of licensure & NC background check apply for your NC Real Estate License


Affiliate & Activate Your License

If you wish to become active in real estate, you will need to associate with a real estate firm or broker and pay your annual renewal fee to the NC Real Estate Commission on or before June 30 of each year.

A NC provisional broker license must be listed under a broker-in-charge to be activated and the licensee be eligible to sell/negotiate real estate transactions. If you do not wish to become active in real estate, you must still pay your annual renewal fee to the NC Real Estate Commission every year before June 30 to keep your license.


Becoming a Full Broker

Provisional brokers have 18 months to complete all 90 hours of state mandated Post Licensing.

To complete each broker post-licensing course, you must attend at least 90% of each 30-hour class and pass a school exam by scoring 75% or higher. After completing the 3 post-licensing courses, for a total of 90 hours your “provisional” status is removed. 

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