Maybe you’re a real estate agent looking to move from South Carolina. Or maybe you want to get your South Carolina real estate license, but are curious about state reciprocity before you invest your time and money. If either of these scenarios apply to you, it’s helpful to understand South Carolina’s real estate reciprocity.
Read to learn what states have real estate license reciprocity with South Carolina. Also find out how to get licensed in South Carolina if you already have your real estate license in another state.
What Is Real Estate License Reciprocity?
Real estate license reciprocity means you can apply for a real estate license in another state without taking the pre-licensing courses, provided you already have an active license in another state. However, not all states have real estate license reciprocity with each other, so it's important to do your research before you make plans to practice real estate in a different state.
What States Have Real Estate License Reciprocity with South Carolina?
South Carolina offers license reciprocity from several states. That said, whether or not your license will be accepted all depends on the strength of your education and experience. The South Carolina Real Estate Commission (SCREC) has a section on the real estate license application for those from an outside jurisdiction. You'll need to list all states in which you previously held or still hold a license.
Once you do that, you'll also need to attach a Certificate of Licensure History to the form. This shows all the states you were licensed in during the last five years. The certificate needs to be dated within the past six months. SCREC will use all of this information to decide whether or not your license will carry over to South Carolina.
Real estate agents moving to South Carolina from Georgia have a special application to fill out. That's because South Carolina has a specific reciprocity agreement with the state. Most of the questions and information are the same as the normal application.
If you're looking to move out of South Carolina and plan on continuing to practice real estate, only West Virginia and North Carolina accept a South Caroline real estate license. If you're looking to move to any other state, you will need to look into that state's real estate license application process.
How Can I Practice Real Estate in South Carolina?
To apply for a salesperson license by reciprocity in South Carolina, you need to fill out an application, pay the $50 license fee, and provide all the required identification. Even if your previous license is accepted, you still must take the South Carolina portion of the real estate exam. This covers area-specific knowledge you'll need to succeed.
There's also a good chance that even if South Carolina offers reciprocity for your license, you'll still need to take a refresher course. To avoid taking an extra class, you must received a license within six months before taking the South Carolina real estate license exam.
If you received your license more than six months before taking the South Carolina exam, then you must take the 30-hour licensing class on advanced real estate principles. You'll also need to take this class if you've been a South Carolina resident for more than six months. The good news? You'll get to skip the 60-hour Unit I class on real estate principles and practices.
Are you ready to get your South Carolina real estate license? Visit South Carolina’s pre-license online real estate course to learn more. Find out the steps you can take to begin your South Carolina real estate career.