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New York Real Estate License Requirements

You must hold a NY real estate license to buy and sell properties and earn a commission in the process.

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State Requirements

How to get a real estate license in NY?



How to get a real estate license in NY in 4 steps:

Step #1
First, you must complete the 75-hour New York State real estate salesperson course.

The course must be approved by the NY Department of State...and it must follow the required curriculum.

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Step #2
Pass the school’s proctored final exam.

The final exam is proctored and password protected. You will be taking the final exam at one of our state approved locations (more details below in the Course Requirements section).

Step #3
Pass the State’s proctored exam.

First, you will have to create a free online account with eAccessNY. This is the NYS Department of State’s online platform for scheduling your State exam and applying for your license (you will also renew your license through this platform).

Once you create your eAccessNY account, you can schedule your State exam.

The State exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions, with a passing grade of 70%.

Step #4
Apply for your real estate license online through your eAccessNY account, with the help of your NY sponsoring broker.

You must also:

  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • A high school diploma or GED is not required to apply for a real estate license.
  • Have no felony convictions (contact NY Department of State for clarification)
To see the state requirements regarding licensing laws please visit the NYS Division of Licensing Services in the link below.

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Course Requirements

How to get a real estate license in NY?

  • The course comprises of 23 Lessons that will take 75 hours to complete.
  • Each Chapter is broken down into Lessons.
  • There is a multiple-choice quiz at the end of each chapter.
  • The course can be accessed from any computer or mobile device 24/7.
  • This is an online course that does not require a textbook.
  • You are required to take a proctored final exam at an approved proctoring site. The proctoring fee is the responsibility of the student at the time they take the exam. The final exam consists of 75 multiple-choice questions with a passing grade of 70%.
  • Approved exam locations can be accessed once you will reach the Final Steps section of the course. You must make an appointment directly with the location of your choice.
  • Your Certificate of Completion will be available to download right after you pass the final exam.