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Applications are processed in the order received and one must allow normal processing times (7 business days). Criminal and disciplinary history or application deficiencies will require additional time.

2018 Renewals will go live on May 1, 2018 by 12:00 noon. Renewal notices with USER ID’s will also be mailed out on May 1st . All information regarding renewals, retrieving login information, CE requirements, CE reporting through CE Broker, and the login link for renewals will be found on this page.

Please read and review the information found on this page and appropriate FAQ’s. The answers to the majority of questions and issues can be found in these documents.


A criminal background check is required of all licensure examination or reciprocity licensure applicants from a source approved by the Commission Pursuant to S.C. Code Section 40-57-115. Please visit the following link to obtain your SC Real Estate Commission criminal background check prior to submission of your application:


Do you have a question regarding licensing or renewals? Before you contact us, look below to see if your question is answered in the licensing and renewal FAQ documents.


Online Renewal Link:

South Carolina Real Estate Licensees with a June 30, 2018 expiration date may begin renewing their licenses on May 1st, 2018. A renewal login link will be posted above on that date. The 2018 Renewal FAQ is available in a PDF document linked on this page above. There is also a link to an Account Login Help document above.

We encourage all licensees to please renew online. Individuals who are required to report disciplinary action, criminal convictions or pending criminal charges since last renewal will need to submit additional documentation and will be provided an email address during the renewal process for submission.

USER ID information will be included in the header of your renewal notice. Password information will NOT be provided. You will need to have an up to date email address to reset your password or to recover your USER ID online.

If you do not have a current email address on file with the Commission to reset your password or receive your USER ID, please email with your name, license number and the last 5 digits of your SSN and request an email address update.

If you do not know your password, click on the "Recover/Reset My Password" link at the bottom of the Renew Online webpage. If you do not know your USER ID, there is also a USER ID request link. This is a time of extremely high volume for our staff. In order to efficiently serve our licensees and avoid disruption during this period, any walk-in applicants will not be able to have their renewals processed while they wait. Pocket cards also must be mailed to the office location of the supervising Broker or Property Manager in Charge. We also encourage you to READ CAREFULLY. All routine questions regarding renewal can be found in the Renewal FAQ linked at the top of this web page.

Please be sure to review the CONTINUING EDUCATION (CE) REQUIREMENTS AND REPORTING section below on this page to make sure you have properly completed the necessary CE or exemption reporting to renew as active if you are a salesperson, broker or broker in charge.

A regularly updated calendar of upcoming CE courses is available at the following link:

Remember that licenses which expire on June 30, 2018 and are not renewed before January 1, 2019 will be canceled by statute. After the June 30th expiration date, an additional $25 late fee will be assessed for each month it is late through December. As a South Carolina Real Estate Licensee, it is your responsibility to keep up with your expiration date and to renew. Licensees are required to renew whether or not they receive notice.

I DO NOT KNOW MY EXPIRATION DATE: If you are not sure of your license expiration date, please utilize our licensee lookup to confirm your date: Licensee LookUp.


The South Carolina Real Estate Commission’s licensing law now requires that CE completion be reported to a database by our providers. The Commission will also begin full CE tracking and Auditing.

In order to simplify your license renewal process and CE verification, South Carolina Real Estate Commission has partnered with CE Broker as their official CE tracking system.

Through this partnership you have access to a free Basic Account. This account provides you an easy way to track your CE online and simplifies maintenance of your CE records and completion certificates. We urge all Salesperson, Broker, and Broker in Charge licensees to sign up for accounts with CE Broker.

For SC resident licensed Salespersons, Broker’s and Broker in Charge who are not CE exempt, the following CE requirements apply for “ACTIVE” renewal:

  • 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)

For a full list of CE Requirements, exemptions, and information on signing up for CE Broker please review the documents below:


Effective January 1, 2017 no more "provisional" sales licenses will be issued due to a change in the licensing law. If you have taken the 60 hour Unit I Sales course and salesperson examination but have not applied for licensure, you must complete the additional 30 hours of "Unit II: Advanced Real Estate Principles" (formerly as post-licensing) education prior to being issued a full sales license.


Also effective January 1, 2017, resident applicants with licenses in other jurisdictions who have been residents for more than 6 months cannot qualify to take the S.C. examination with just a certification of licensure from another jurisdiction. The resident applicant will need to also take the following pre-licensing education:

  • For a Salesperson exam applicant, a SC resident (for more than 6 months) with a license in another jurisdiction who will have to take Unit II: Advanced Real Estate Principles class (30 hours)
  • For a Broker exam applicant, a SC resident (for more than 6 months) with a broker license in another jurisdiction will have to take Broker Unit IIIA and Broker Unit IIIB classes (60 hours)


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:

  1. South Carolina Disclosure of Real Estate Brokerage Relationships (formerly Agency Disclosure Brochure)
  2. Offer Rejection Form (New form must be used when seller rejects an offer without counteroffer)
  3. Required Language for S.C. Listing, Buyer Representation and Transaction Brokerage Contracts
  4. Transaction Broker Agreement Template (Not a required or official document)

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

(instructions revised 6/1/17):
NEW South Carolina Residential Property Condition Disclosure Statement

Other information:

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