South Carolina Licensing

North Carolina real estate licensees seeking to obtain a South Carolina real estate license will need to take the state section of the South Carolina licensing exam.

The requirements and application for South Carolina licensing can be obtained from the South Carolina Real Estate Commission.  Contact the commission at (803) 896-4400 or contactllr@llr.sc.gov.

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Exam study guide

AWARE in South Carolina - A workbook for agents preparing for the South Carolina real estate licensing exam ($45).

Real Estate License Law Revision: Effective Jan. 1, 2017

A revision of the South Carolina Real Estate Licensing law (S.1013/Act.170) was signed into law on May 23, 2016. The new license law will take effect on January 1st, 2017. There are multiple changes which will affect licensees or applicants.

  • Ten (10) hours of biennial continuing education will be required for broker and salesperson licensees including 4 hour mandatory core course. (*Will begin with licenses which expire June 30th 2018)
  • Brokers in Charge will have an additional mandatory 4 hour CE class out of their 10 hours in addition to the mandatory core course. (*Will begin with licenses which expire June 30th 2018)
  • Sales initial licensure applicants will have to complete 90 hours of pre-licensing education prior to being issued a license. There will no longer be a one year "provisional" license issued after completing 60 hours and passing the exam. Applicant must complete the additional 30 hours prior to issuance of a full sales license.
  • Applicants who are non-residents and licensees of other jurisdictions will have to submit a certification of licensure from their licensed jurisdiction and apply to take the South Carolina sales or broker exam. South Carolina resident applicants will be required to take the South Carolina qualifying pre-licensing courses.
  • To become a Property Manager in Charge, applicants will need to complete a 7 hour PMIC class in addition to the 30 hour Property Management pre-licensing course.

There are many other updates, including reporting of contact information and residency changes, marketing and disclosure duties, teams, transaction brokerage, personal transactions involving licensees, and consequences of denial or revocation of licensure.

There are also NEW FORMS AND FORM LANGUAGE that will need to be implemented January 1st, 2017. Links to these forms are below:

Here is a link to the final version of Act.170 as passed.

Here is a link to a PDF that outlines many of the significant 2017 changes to the licensing law: 2017 Real Estate Commission New License Law Changes Outline

Helpful resources

South Carolina Real Estate Candidate Information Bulletin

South Carolina License Applications

South Carolina Real Estate License Law

South Carolina Real Trust Account Guidelines

South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act

South Carolina Vacation Time Sharing Plans Act