How to get your Real Estate License in New York

Do you want to become a real estate agent and get New York Real Estate License? McKissock Learning taught thousands of aspiring real estate agents in New York, we make it easy for you to get up to speed on the New York real estate license requirements.

Select License Level:
7.5 Mandatory Hours
15 Elective Hours
22.5 Total Hours
8.5 Mandatory Hours
14 Elective Hours
22.5 Total Hours

Learn what's required for your Real Estate License in New York

This real estate licensing information summarizes the minimum requirements established by the New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services. We recommend you contact the New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services for more detailed information or changes.

If you obtain real estate licenses in multiple states, we recommend you check each state's requirements.

New York Real Estate License: All

Total Hours Required: 22.5
Mandatory Hours: 7.5
Elective Hours: 15
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Continuing Education and Renewal Date: Every two years minus one day, from the effective date of the license.
 
Hours Required by New York Real Estate Division: 22.5 hours
 
Real estate licensees submitting a renewal application for a license expiring before September 21, 2022:  
•7.5 mandatory hours
    o3 hours in Fair Housing
    o1 hour in Law of Agency
    o2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practices
    o1 hour in Legal Matters
•15 elective hours
 
Real estate licensees submitting a renewal application for a license expiring on or after September 21, 2022:  
•11.5 mandatory hours
    o2 hours in Implicit Bias Awareness
    o2 hours in Cultural Competency
    o3 hours in Fair Housing
    o1 hour in Law of Agency
    o2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practices
    o1 hour in Legal Matters
•11 elective hours
 
First Time Renewal Requirements:
•Licensees renewing for the first time with an expiration date before September 21, 2022 will need 8.5 mandatory hours and 14 electives for a total of 22.5 hours. The required CE hours are as follows: 3 hours in Fair Housing, 2 hours in Law of Agency, 2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practices, 1 hour in Legal Matters, and 14 elective hours.
•Licensees renewing for the first time with an expiration date on or after September 21, 2022 will need 12.5 mandatory hours and 10 electives for a total of 22.5 hours. The required CE hours are as follows: 2 hours in Implicit Bias Awareness, 2 hours in Cultural Competency, 3 hours in Fair Housing, 2 hours in Law of Agency, 2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practices, 1 hour in Legal Matters, and 10 elective hours.
 
Seat Time: The New York Real Estate Division requires a timing device for all distance education courses to ensure that courses cannot be completed in less time than the approved credit hours. Please note that your course will time out after 15 minutes of inactivity.
 
Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain levels of the course, there are no passing requirement for the final exam.
 
Required Course Affidavit: The New York Real Estate Division requires an affidavit at the conclusion of each course, certifying that no other person has assisted in the completion of the course in the licensee’s name. The affidavit may be electronically completed (e-signed).
 
Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.
 
Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.  
 

Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be taken online.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are emailed every Friday. As per the state: We do not rely on rosters to determine renewal eligibility. The students/applicants must renew online. When completing the online renewal application, each student is asked, “Have you taken the required continuing education or are you exempt?” Yes or No… If the student answers yes, the renewal is processed without further action by the student. If they answer no, a hold is placed on the renewal which prevents issuance of the renewal license until the student submits proof of CE in certificate form. (Those answering yes may be randomly audited)
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Governing Agency

Name: New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services
Phone: 5184744429
Fax: 5184736648
Address: Division of Licensing Services Albany, NY 12231

New York Real Estate License: Salesperson First Time Renewal

Total Hours Required: 22.5
Mandatory Hours: 8.5
Elective Hours: 14
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
Education Cycle in Months: 24
Continuing Education and Renewal Date: Two years minus one day, from the effective date of the license.
 
Hours Required by New York Real Estate Division: 22.5 hours
 
Real estate licensees submitting a first-time renewal application for a license expiring before September 21, 2022:  
•8.5 mandatory hours
    o3 hours in Fair Housing
    o2 hours in Law of Agency
    o2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practices
    o1 hour in Legal Matters
•14 elective hours
 
Real estate licensees submitting a first-time renewal application for a license expiring on or after September 21, 2022:  
•12.5 mandatory hours
    o2 hours in Implicit Bias Awareness
    o2 hours in Cultural Competency
    o3 hours in Fair Housing
    o2 hours in Law of Agency
    o2.5 hours in Ethical Business Practices
    o1 hour in Legal Matters
•10 elective hours
 
Seat Time: The New York Real Estate Division requires a timing device for all distance education courses to ensure that courses cannot be completed in less time than the approved credit hours. Please note that your course will time out after 15 minutes of inactivity.
 
Final Exam: While students are required to demonstrate mastery of the content at certain levels of the course, there are no passing requirement for the final exam.
 
Required Course Affidavit: The New York Real Estate Division requires an affidavit at the conclusion of each course, certifying that no other person has assisted in the completion of the course in the licensee’s name. The affidavit may be electronically completed (e-signed).
 
Expiration Date of Course: Course expiration dates vary but are generally 6 months after enrollment date.
 
Certificate: With few exceptions, online course completion certificates are available for download at course conclusion and posted directly to your student dashboard.  
 

Limitations

There is no limit to the number of CE hours that may be taken online.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are emailed every Friday. As per the state: We do not rely on rosters to determine renewal eligibility. The students/applicants must renew online. When completing the online renewal application, each student is asked, “Have you taken the required continuing education or are you exempt?” Yes or No… If the student answers yes, the renewal is processed without further action by the student. If they answer no, a hold is placed on the renewal which prevents issuance of the renewal license until the student submits proof of CE in certificate form. (Those answering yes may be randomly audited)
Roster Sent: Every 7 days

Governing Agency

Name: New York State Department of State Division of Licensing Services
Phone: 5184744429
Fax: 5184736648
Address: Division of Licensing Services Albany, NY 12231

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Note: This license renewal information is provided as a convenience only and is subject to change at any time. It's ultimately the responsibility of the licensee to be sure that he or she is meeting all requirements for each license and corresponding renewal period.