South Carolina Real Estate Requirements 

Article Summary: This article will familiarize anyone looking to understand the requirements to obtain a salesperson license in South Carolina. There is information outlined below regarding the regulating Commission, pre-licensing education, examination, renewals, and more..


The South Carolina Real Estate Commission is responsible for regulating all licensing aspects of Real Estate Brokers, Salespersons, and Property Managers within the state. Their offices are located in Columbia, SC. 

The beginning requirements to obtain a salesperson license is being at least 18 years of age or older and having at least a high school diploma or GED. A criminal background check and fingerprinting are required as part of the process to obtain a license in South Carolina. 

An applicant in SC must successfully complete 90 hours of pre-licensing education with a commission approved provider. Included in the hours is a 60 hour Real Estate Principles course before registering for a licensing exam. 

Once education is complete, an individual will apply with the Commission to take the licensing exam and then register with the state’s administrator,  PSI Exams Online. The exam date and location can be chosen online and are offered  in Greenville, Columbia, Charleston, Hilton Head, Myrtle Beach, and Charlotte. In the state of SC, each licensee must be sponsored by a broker-in-charge. In addition, applying for a salesperson license is required to take place within one year of taking the exam. 

In order to renew a license, one must take a total of 10 continuing education hours every two years by June 30th. Out of the 10 hours, there is a 4-hour mandatory core course requirement and 6 hours of electives. More information on renewals can be found on the Commission’s website

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