Every Question You Need Answered to Get Your Real Estate License in New York
We're here to help answer any questions you have about getting started in the real estate industry. Getting your real estate license in New York is a big step, so to help we've collected and answered some frequently asked questions below.
How do I get a New York real estate license?
Requirements to obtain a NY real estate salesperson license include:
- Successfully complete an approved 75-hour Salesperson course
- Being sponsored by a NY state real estate broker
- Passing the NY state real estate examination
- Applying for the NY real estate salesperson license and paying all applicable fees
To get a New York real estate license, you need to be at least 18 years of age. There is no requirement for a GED or high school diploma to get your salesperson real estate license. Want to learn more? Here are the 6 steps it takes to get your real estate license.
How long does it take to get a New York real estate license?
The amount of time to get your New York real estate salesperson license is dependent on a number of factors. Most complete the requirements within four months. There are a number of steps to complete which include education, application, exam, fingerprints, background investigation, and sponsorship by an actively licensed New York real estate broker.
Where do I go to take my New York real estate license exam?
The Division of Licensing Services in New York states that first time NEW licensees or registrants are classified as individuals who have never been licensed and have not scheduled an exam through eAccessNY and want to schedule an exam. To sign up for the exam, register for an account on the Department's website (www.dos.ny.gov) entitled "eAccessNY,” then click on "Apply to Take an Exam" in the main menu, and then follow the instructions.
Two things to note: You must accept the exam policies to continue and, if scheduling a broker's exam, you must indicate the type of broker license for which you will eventually apply for (for example: individual, corporate, partnership, etc).
It is important that individuals with a license DO NOT create a new account.
How much does it cost to get a New York real estate license?
State fees to become a real estate salesperson are under $100. However, there are other costs associated with obtaining a license, including Pre-Licensing course tuition, examination fees, and any fees required by the sponsoring broker. Click here to browse our most popular Pre-Licensing packages for New York.
How do I reinstate my New York real estate license?
To renew or reinstate your real estate license you must complete the required continuing education and follow any other requirements per the eAccessNY License Management System.
Will a New York real estate license work in other states?
New York has real estate broker, associate broker, and salesperson reciprocity agreements with Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia. The reciprocity terms for each state are different. Check with the New York State Division of Licensing Services for details.
What do I do when my NY real estate license expires?
You will need to renew your license two years after your license first becomes active. To continue working as a real estate agent in NY, you will then need to fulfill your Continued Education requirement. If you fail to renew within that period, and your license expires, you will be required to pass the state written examination and submit a new salesperson/broker application, along with the fee. Note: There are no grace periods.