New York Real Estate License Requirements

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New York Real Estate Licensing Requirements

This licensing information is designed to provide a summary of the minimum education requirements established by the New York Division of Licensing. We recommend you contact the New York Division of Licensing for more detailed information or changes.

New York Real Estate Salesperson License Requirements

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Have no felony charges on record
  • Submit proof of US residency
  • Complete 75 hours of pre-license education inclusive of passing a course final exam (those salesperson applicants who completed the 45 hour salesperson course prior to July 1, 2008 may complete the additional 30 hour qualifying course to satisfy the 75 hour requirement).
  • Submit an salesperson application and associated fee
  • Take and pass the state examination; see New York real estate license exam prep

New York Real Estate Broker License Requirements

  • Must be at least 20 years of age
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or an alien lawfully admitted for permanent residence
  • Must have at least 2 years of full time experience as an active salesperson or three years of full time experience in the general real estate field
  • Submit proof of completing 120 hours of approved education (broker applicants will be required to show proof of completing the 45 hour salesperson course, the 30 hour remedial course and the 45 hour broker course OR the 75 salesperson course and the 45 hour broker course)
  • Submit a broker application and associated fee
  • Take and pass the state examination; see New York real estate license exam prep

New York Real Estate Continuing Education Requirements

  • Complete 22.5 hours of state approved elective courses every 2 years, of which at least 3 hours must include fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property
  • Sales agents renew every two years from the date their license was received

New York Real Estate Reciprocal Broker License Requirements

  • New York has reciprocity agreements with ten states
  • In some of these states, the reciprocity is for brokers only, and in others the reciprocity pertains to both brokers and salespersons
  • Applicants from these states need to submit their completed application with the application fee, a current certificate from the state where they are licensed stating that they are in good standing, and a certificate of irrevocable consent.
  • Applicants for a salesperson license by reciprocity must be sponsored by their home-state broker who must also hold a current New York State broker license.
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