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:
5 Mandatory Hours
17.5 Elective Hours
22.5 Total Hours
4 Mandatory Hours
18.5 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: Salesperson First Time Renewal

Total Hours Required: 22.5
Mandatory Hours: 5
Elective Hours: 17.5
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
Education Cycle in Months: 24
All licensees not exempt from CE and submitting a renewal prior to July 1, 2021 are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education including the following:

•    at least 3 hours in fair housing
•    and at least one (1) hour in law of agency*

*Please note that Salespersons renewing a license for the 1st time will need an additional hour in law of agency for a total of two (2) hours.

The New York Real Estate Commission requires an affidavit be submitted to McKissock upon completion of each course (except non-credit courses) and also requires each licensee to spend a minimum amount of seat time engaged in the course content.  
There is no final exam passing requirement.

CE exemptions prior to July 1, 2021
Either of the below are exempt from the continuing education requirements:

•    Any licensed real estate broker who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years and has maintained continuous licensure (no breaks in licensure for reasons such as late renewal submission) or
•    An attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.

What are the Newly Adopted Continuing Education Requirements effective July 1, 2021?
All licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education.  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 of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-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.

The newly adopted amendment also REMOVES the 15-year real estate broker continuing education exemption. Attorneys admitted to the New York State bar who hold a broker’s license remain exempt from the continuing education requirement.

Online Limitations

NOTE: New York requires a timing mechanism 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! A student should spend at least 50 minutes of each 60-minute hour to receive credit for that hour.

For example, a three-hour course should not be completed in less than 2.5 hours; a six-hour course should not be completed in less than five hours.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are mailed 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 One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave Albany, NY 12231

New York Real Estate License: All

Total Hours Required: 22.5
Mandatory Hours: 4
Elective Hours: 18.5
Renewal Cycle in Years: 2
Education Cycle in Months: 24
All licensees not exempt from CE and submitting a renewal prior to July 1, 2021 are required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education including the following:

•    at least 3 hours in fair housing
•    and at least one (1) hour in law of agency*

*Please note that Salespersons renewing a license for the 1st time will need an additional hour in law of agency for a total of two (2) hours.

The New York Real Estate Commission requires an affidavit be submitted to McKissock upon completion of each course (except non-credit courses) and also requires each licensee to spend a minimum amount of seat time engaged in the course content.  
There is no final exam passing requirement.

CE exemptions prior to July 1, 2021
Either of the below are exempt from the continuing education requirements:

•    Any licensed real estate broker who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years and has maintained continuous licensure (no breaks in licensure for reasons such as late renewal submission) or
•    An attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.

What are the Newly Adopted Continuing Education Requirements effective July 1, 2021?
All licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing education.  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 of instruction pertaining to the law of agency except in the case of the initial two-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.

The newly adopted amendment also REMOVES the 15-year real estate broker continuing education exemption. Attorneys admitted to the New York State bar who hold a broker’s license remain exempt from the continuing education requirement.

Online Limitations

NOTE: New York requires a timing mechanism 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! A student should spend at least 50 minutes of each 60-minute hour to receive credit for that hour.

For example, a three-hour course should not be completed in less than 2.5 hours; a six-hour course should not be completed in less than five hours.

Roster

Roster Required: yes
Roster Process: Rosters are mailed 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 One Commerce Plaza, 99 Washington Ave 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.