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New York State Requirements: Salesperson

New York State Required Pre-licensing Hours: 75 hours

Real Estate Express New York Course Hours Offered: 75 hours
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Step 1. Meet New York real estate salesperson license requirements as outlined on the New York State Division of Licensing Services website:

  • Be at least 18 years old at the time you apply
  • Have a Social Security Number or Federal ID number

Step 2. Complete an approved 75-hour New York real estate salesperson pre-license course.

Step 3. Pass the New York real estate salesperson licensing examination.

Step 4. Obtain sponsorship from a New York real estate broker.

Step 5. Apply for a New York real estate salesperson license.

How long does it take to get a New York real estate license?

It varies per person on how long it takes to get a New York real estate license depending on the pace in which you complete the 75 hours of pre-licensing coursework and pass your licensing examination, the time it takes you to complete the application process and find a sponsoring broker, and application processing times. Most can complete the process within six months.

What kind of information will I learn to help me get a real estate license in New York?

All Real Estate Express courses are approved by the New York State Division of Licensing Services. Once completed, you are eligible to sit for the New York Real Estate License Exam.

Per Real Estate Express policy, the 75-hour pre-license coursework for salespersons must be completed within six (6) months of the start date. The start date for distance education courses is the date the course material is first accessed and the end date is when all required documentation is submitted to the provider. The state requires a minimum amount of seat time in the course content. Our online course platform monitors this requirement for each student. 

The state requires your course final exam be proctored. You will need to schedule an appointment with a proctor in advance of your course final exam. Additional information on the proctoring process can be found here. After passing the course final exam you will be required to sign and return an affidavit to verify your identity as the student who completed the course and the course final exam. The 75-hour pre-license course completion is valid for eight (8) years. If the course completion certificate is not used to obtain a license in the alloted eight year period, the course will need to be retaken.
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How do I apply for and take the New York Salesperson licensing examination?

Candidates must go to eAccessNY to make an online reservation for an examination. The state requires that your licensing exam be proctored. Additional information on the proctoring process can be found here. The state requires that your licensing exam be taken in person. The state requires a score of 70% or higher to pass the exam. Passed exam results are valid for two (2) years. 

Candidates will be allowed 1 1/2 hours to complete the test. The allotted time begins at the conclusion of the instructions. The exam is offered in the following languages: Spanish, Korean, Russian and Chinese. If you wish to take the exam in one of these four languages, please notify an exam proctor when you report to the test center.

How do I submit my New York Salesperson application?

Along with proof of pre-licensing course completion, passing score on the licensing examination, and sponsorship from a licensed New York broker, applicants must complete their license application on eAccessNY. Additional information on finding a sponsoring broker can be found here

Does New York offer reciprocity?

New York currently has agreements with the following states: 

  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Georgia
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • West Virginia

Reciprocal candidates applying for a New York State real estate salesperson license must:

  1. Submit current certification (dated within six months, from the Real Estate Commission where license was obtained), completed application, irrevocable consent form, and the appropriate fee.
  2. Be sponsored by their home-state broker who must hold a current New York State broker’s license.

Regulatory Notes:

Obtaining Certificate of Course Completion: Upon completion of the course, Real Estate Express will provide you an electronic certificate of completion in your account dashboard. You will need to submit your certificate of completion with your real estate salesperson application. Course completion dates are recorded using Central Standard Time, therefore that will be the time reflected on your certificate.

New York State Division of Licensing Services
Website: https://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/index.html
Phone: 518-486-3803
Fax: 518-408-2524
Address: 1 Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12231
eAccessNY is used for the following functions:

  • real estate transactions
  • real estate exam registrations
  • real estate license applications, changes, renewals
  • public license search
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