Generally, any organization or person that intends to directly solicit contributions
in North Carolina, or intends to hire a person or business to solicit contributions
in North Carolina, must first obtain an appropriate license from CSL. Organizations
must renew their licenses each year to maintain licensed status.
There are several statutory exemptions to this requirement. A person that qualifies
for an exemption does not have to obtain or maintain a license.
If an organization requires a license but operates without one, that organization
may be subject to administrative penalties or fines in addition to civil and/or
License Application Fees
License application fees are set by statute. Fees vary by license type, and fees
for charitable organizations and sponsors are set on a sliding scale based upon
contributions received per fiscal year, including a waiver of fees in some instances.
License Application Processing
By law, CSL processes all license applications within ten (10) days of the section's
receipt of the application. If CSL finds a problem with a license application, it
will send notice of the problem to the applicant within this ten (10) day period.