Licensure of real estate salesmen: To
obtain a real estate sales license, you will be required to successfully
complete 90 hours of training in over two courses called Unit I and
Unit II, either in classroom, video streaming or online. For self-paced
online courses, a proctored final exam is required before testing with
PSI for the actual license. A license candidate may
sit for the state license exam given by PSI after completing the initial
60 hours of class, but may not receive a license until completing the
final 30 hours of post licensing classes.
recommend taking the 90 hours of training consecutively to minimize the
time required before you can receive your sales license.
First you must complete an approved 60 hour first year sales course
designed to prepare you for the licensing exam. After completing the
First Year Sales Course, you would send your application to the LLR -
Real Estate Commission, then complete the fingerprinting and background
check. Once it's received by the Commission, they'll enter you into the
the PSI system to make an appointment to take the state exam. Once you
take the state exam and complete the 30 hours of Unit II and become
affiliated with a company, you will be issued a real estate sales
license, which is valid for two years.
A criminal background check is required for all initial applicants as well as current licensees due to renew after July 1, 2022. pursuant to SC Code Section 40-57-115. The law currently reads as follows:
SC Code 40-57-115. Criminal background checks required for initial applicants.
addition to other requirements established by law and for the purpose
of determining an applicant's eligibility for licensure as a salesman,
broker, broker-in-charge, property manager, and property
manager-in-charge, the commission shall require initial applicants to
submit to a state criminal records check, by a source approved by the
commission, and a national criminal records check. Costs of conducting a
criminal records check must be borne by the applicant. The commission
shall keep information received pursuant to this section confidential,
except that information relied upon in denying licensure may be
disclosed as necessary to support the administrative action.
Starting July 1, 2022, an additional social security number-based
criminal background check is required for initial applicants and
licensees due to renew. Initial applicants as well as existing licensees
will be required to submit to a total of three criminal background
checks: two (state and national) are fingerprint-based and one is social
The state fingerprint-based criminal background check is conducted by
the State Law Enforcement Division and the national fingerprint-based
criminal records check is conducted by the FBI. INFORMATION ON OBTAINING
THESE BACKGROUND CHECKS WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU ONCE THE COMMISSION
RECEIVES YOUR COMPLETED APPLICATION.
The Commission has approved SR&I to conduct the additional social
security number-based criminal records check. After sending an
application to the Commission, applicants can go to the SR&I website
and request the social security number-based criminal records check.
Upon completion of this report, it will be sent to the Commission.
YOU CANNOT TAKE YOUR LICENSE EXAMINATION UNTIL YOU HAVE COMPLETED THE
BACKGROUND CHECK. YOU'LL SUBMIT YOUR CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION FROM
YOUR REAL ESTATE, BROKER OR PROPERTY MANAGEMENT CLASS WHEN YOU APPLY FOR
THE LICENSE AND THE COMMISSION WILL SEND YOU THE LINK TO GET
FINGERPRINTED AND YOUR BACKGROUND CHECK COMPLETED.
Real Estate License
This course is the pathway to a South Carolina Real Estate License. There are two sections required in order to obtain the license. Unit I is a 60 hour course and is the first section needed. You'll...
This course is the pathway to a South Carolina Real Estate License. There are two sections required in order to obtain the license. Unit I is a 60 hour course and is the first section needed. You'll take an end of course exam to pass Unit I; once you've done so, you'll receive a certificate of completion that can be uploaded to the South Carolina Real Estate Commission with your application to take the licensing exam. In the meantime, while you're waiting on your paperwork to be processed by...