How to get your Real Estate License in North Carolina

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get North Carolina Real Estate License? Superior Schools taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in North Carolina, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the North Carolina real estate license requirements.

4 Mandatory Hours
4 Elective Hours
8 Total Hours

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in North Carolina

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the North Carolina Real Estate Commission. We recommend you contact the North Carolina Real Estate Commission for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

North Carolina Real Estate License: All

Total Hours Required: 8
Mandatory Hours: 4
Elective Hours: 4
Renewal Cycle in Years: 1
License Expiration Date: 06/30/2024
Education Cycle in Months: 12
Next Education Due Date: 06/10/2024

Renewal Date: June 30th every year. 
Continuing Education Date: June 10th every year.  

Hours Required by NC Real Estate Commission: 8 hours

-4 mandatory hours in an Update course 
    -Provisional Brokers and non-BIC Brokers only: General Update course
    -BICs and BIC-Eligible Brokers only: Broker-in-Charge Update (BICUP) course
-4 elective hours 

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Seat Time: The North Carolina Real Estate Commission requires a timing device for all distance education courses to ensure that courses cannot be completed in less time than the approved credit hours. Please note that your course will time out after several minutes of inactivity.

Expiration Date of Course: All CE courses must be completed within 30 days from registration or by June 10th. All courses MUST be completed by June 10th to ensure a timely renewal. It is very important to note that continuing education providers are not permitted to offer courses for CE credit between June 11 and June 30 of each year. Thus, you will not be able to access or complete your CE courses between June 11 and June 30 of each year.

Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your dashboard account.  

License Renewal Info: A recent law change requires all Broker licenses to be renewed on the North Carolina Real Estate Commission website.

As of July 1, 2023, all non-resident brokers will be required to take NC approved CE to remain actively licensed in NC. 

Online Limitations

The 4 hours of mandatory coursework must be taken with an instructor in a live setting (in-person or virtual). Only the 4 elective hours may be taken online.


Roster Required: yes
Roster Process:

Rosters are sent electronically each business day.

Note from the North Carolina Real Estate Commission website - Licensees can check/review CE credits by going to the "Licensee Loginof the North Carolina Real Estate Commission Website. (Please allow 15 days after completion of a course for it to be posted to your record.)

Roster Sent: Every 1 days

Governing Agency

Name: North Carolina Real Estate Commission
Phone: 9198753700
Fax: 9198774216
Address: 1313 Navaho Dr. Raleigh, NC 27619

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.