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FAQ: Can I get my NC license if I have a prior conviction?

Can I get my NC license if I have a prior conviction?

If your criminal history shows a criminal conviction, including a serious traffic offense or DWI, you are considered to have a character issue that must be reviewed by the Commission. The Commission reviews every application with a character issue and evaluates it on a case-by-case basis.

By law, the Commission is required to consider the following factors:

  • The crime’s level and seriousness.
  • Date the crime was committed.
  • Age of the person at the time the crime was committed.
  • Circumstances surrounding the applicant while committing the crime, if known.
  • The connection, if any, between the criminal activity and the prospective real estate duties of the applicant.
  • The prison, jail, probation, parole, rehabilitation, and employment records of the applicant since the date the crime was committed.
  • Any subsequent criminal activity by the applicant.
  • Any affidavits or other written documents, including character references.

The Commission may take up to 45 days to evaluate your character once you’ve passed the state licensing exam. This timeline may be extended if additional investigation is required. If any criminal charges are pending, the Commission will not move forward until it is resolved.

If the Commission determines your character does not meet the required standards, you will be notified of the decision as well as your right to request a formal hearing before the Commission.

Related Questions

How should I disclose any prior criminal activity to the Commission?

Criminal activity that has occurred at any point during a license applicant’s past should be disclosed when making your real estate broker license application to the North Carolina Real Estate Commission.

How do I know if a past conviction prevents me from getting a license?

If you have a criminal history, you can request a predetermination from the Commission as to whether you will be disqualified from obtaining your real estate license if you were to meet all other requirements. This will keep you from incurring education and exam costs when you do not qualify to be licensed.

What does the NC Real Estate Commission consider to be a conviction?

The North Carolina Real Estate Commission expects all applicants to disclose any conviction of a misdemeanor or felony offense, including military criminal convictions, that were received at any time in their life. This includes serious traffic convictions such as DUIs or reckless driving.

Can I get my NC license if I have a prior conviction?

If your criminal history shows a criminal conviction, including a serious traffic offense or DWI, you are considered to have a character issue that must be reviewed by the Commission. The Commission reviews every application with a character issue and evaluates it on a case-by-case basis.

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