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Know what the New York Real Estate License State Requirements are before you start taking courses

Real estate license - New York state requirement

When you're getting your Real Estate License in New York, you want to make sure you thoroughly understand the licensing requirements. Every state is different so if you're interested in getting licensed across different states, be sure to carefully review the requirements for New York. Visit New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services site to learn more about the specific real estate license requirements.

Over 7,000 students in New York have used Real Estate Express online pre-license and exam prep courses to get their licenses. Our real estate and exam prep courses are designed with New York's state requirements in mind. The state of New York has specific requirements for real estate agent and brokers' licenses and we make sure our online real estate license courses meet the requirements for New York.

General requirements - real estate salesperson license New York requirement

When it comes to getting your real estate license in New York, you need to be at least 18 years old. Additionally, you must meet the following education requirements:

  • Successfully complete a 75-hour salesperson qualifying education course in real estate approved
    by the Secretary of State;

  • Passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department of State;

  • Sponsored by a New York State licensed real estate broker

Once you've successfully passed your salesperson real estate examination, you'll need to submit the following to the New York State Department of State, Division of Licensing Services:

  • Certification of Satisfactory Completion section of the application completed by the Department of State. Typically, the school coordinator or an authorized designee will sign this.

  • Examination notification must be submitted with your application form

  • License fee

Note, if you are a member of the partnership or if you are an officer who owns voting stock in the sponsoring broker's company, you cannot apply for a real estate salesperson license.

Continuing education - for real estate salespersons in New York

All licensees (both those with either a real estate salespersons license or a broker's license) and must complete 22.5 hours of continuing education courses to renew their licenses.

Requirements - real estate broker's license New York requirement

New York requires brokers to attain a certain number of points in order to be licensed as a broker. You'll need to complete the Real Estate Broker/Associate Broker Application and submit it to the New York State, Division of Licensing.

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Standard 1:
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
At least two years of full time, active participation as a licensed real estate salesperson under the supervision of a licensed real estate broker. Full time is defined as 35 hours per week for 100 weeks.

3500 Points

A

Standard 2:
Equivalent Experience
At least three years of full time active participation in the general real estate business (activity that does not require licensure as a real estate salesperson). Two years full time is defined as 35 hours per week for 100 weeks.

5250 Points

B

Standard 3:
Combined Experience
At least three years of full time activity that is a combination of standards one and two. Two years full time activity is defined as 35 hours per week for 100 weeks.

5250 Points

C

In order to receive your broker's license you need to have the following:

  • At least two years of experience as a licensed real estate salesperson OR

  • At least three years of experience in the general real estate field (e.g., buying and selling your own property, managing property owned by your employer)

  • Satisfactorily completed the qualifying salesperson course of 75 hours AND

  • Satisfactorily completed the an additional 45-hour real estate broker course as approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department of State.

Brokers continuing education requirements - real estate broker's license New York requirement

Brokers must complete 22.5 hours of Continuing Education courses to renew their licenses.

If you have any questions about the real estate salesperson, broker, or continuing education requirements, please contact the NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services at (518) 474-4429 or visit their FAQ pages, NYS Department of State, Division of Licensing Services.

Renew your license - real estate license New York state requirement

You have two years from the date your license expires to renew your license. If you do not renew your license within that period, you will be required to pass the state written examination and submit a new salesperson/broker application and fee. No continuing education will be required to repeat the licensing process again.

Getting a waiver - real estate license New York state requirement

If you are a salesperson or a broker and you want to obtain a waiver from the course requirement, you'll need to submit a written request stating the waiver you are applying for along with:

  • Original proof of course completion;

  • Detailed outline listing topics and hours;

  • Course description

Note, the pre-licensing salesperson's course must be at least 75 hours of classroom instruction and the broker's course, 120 hours. Home-study/correspondence courses are not accepted.

In addition, if you have a Bachelor's Degree with a concentration in real estate, you may qualify for a 120-hour qualifying course requirement waiver. You'll need to submit an official transcript with your waiver request.

Reciprocity - real estate license New York state requirement

New York shares real estate reciprocity with 9 states. Visit the New York State, Division of Licensing website to get the reciprocity details. The states are with reciprocity are:

  • Arkansas

  • Colorado

  • Connecticut

  • Georgia

  • Massachusetts

  • Mississippi

  • Oklahoma

  • Pennsylvania

  • West Virginia

Good to know

  • A real estate salesperson's license is good for two years

  • A broker's license is good for two years

  • You must renew your license online

  • You can find application, renewal, and other fees by visiting the New York State Department of State website.



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