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This information is intended to provide answers to commonly asked questions by real estate agents. It is not intended to replace detailed information found in your state's statutes and regulations. Though we have made reasonable efforts to ensure that the information given is reliable and current, we cannot guarantee that it is. For more information please contact your state real estate department. See contact information below.
In order to qualify for licensure as a real estate salesperson, an applicant must have satisfactorily completed 75 hours of education approved by the Secretary of State and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department. Those salesperson applicants who completed the 45-hour salesperson course prior to July 1, 2008 may complete the 30-hour qualifying course to satisfy the 75-hour requirement in real estate approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department.
In order to qualify for licensure as a real estate broker, an applicant must have 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). A broker applicant will be required to show proof of completing 120 hours of education approved by the Secretary of State, and have passed a qualifying examination administered by the Department. 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.
Final Exam Procedure:
NY RE License Law §176.23 - New York real estate department requires the final exam be proctored at an approved location in the state of New York.
Upon completion of the Principles of Real Estate - New York Salesperson Pre-licensing online course, you may call 1-800-219-2930 if you would like to make an appointment to take your exam with one of our Cape School monitors located around the state for a $50 fee. Call for more information and to schedule an exam. You also have the option of using a disinterested 3rd party as your exam monitor. This person cannot be a relative and it cannot be your future broker. If you would like to use your own monitor, you will need to send their information to email@example.com so we can approve them and send them the credentials required to access your exam.
Continuing Education Requirements
All licensees are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education, including at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest of real property, within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.
Licensees are currently required to take 1 hour of Agency continuing education during each 2 year licensing period, except for new licensees who will be required to take 2 hours in their first licensing period. The Agency hours will be part of the required 22.5 hours, not additional hours. This applies to all renewals after January 1, 2017, except for grandfathered agents.
Any salesperson who successfully completes an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current term, will receive continuing education credit for completion of that course. Please note: The broker course does not satisfy the mandatory 3 hour fair housing requirement.
Below are exempt from the continuing education requirements:
- an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.
Changes Effective July 1, 2021: All licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education. As of July 1, 2021 the education must include at least 2.5 hours on the subject of ethical business practices, at least 1 hour of recent legal matters, at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property, and at least 1 hour pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial 2-year licensing term for real estate salespersons. 2 hours of agency related instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.
This amendment also REMOVES the 15 year real estate broker continuing education exemption and now requires all brokers who are currently exempted to complete continuing education starting July 1, 2021.
These new requirements are effective on the actual date the license expires rather than the date the renewal application is submitted for processing. If the expiration date printed on your license is on or after July 1, 2021 you must meet the new requirements before you can renew. To view the full text of the actual bill, you may click here
- Excess credits hours may not be carried over to the next reporting period.
DOS Contact Information
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001
(518) 474-4429 (customer service hours 9:00am - 4:45pm)
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New York Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
Alfred E. Smith Office Building
80 S. Swan Street, 10th floor
Albany, NY 12210
Phone: (518) 474-4429
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