Who Grants a License: Licenses are granted by the New York Secretary of State (“NYSOS”).
Qualifications to receive a License: A candidate must complete 75 clock hours of study at a real estate school approved by the NYSOS (search schools here), pass a school-administered final exam, and pass a state exam. All candidates must submit a full set of fingerprints, prove legal presence and pass a background check. All candidates must be at least 18 years of age. For more information about qualifications, see the Real Estate Salesperson FAQs on the NYSOS website.
Applying for the Exams: Candidates should create an account on eAccessNY, and schedule their real estate salesperson exam. For more information, see the page titled Real Estate Exam Procedures on the New York Department of Licensing Services website.
Test Content: The New York state real estate licensing exam is based on the 75-hour pre-licensing curriculum. The number of questions on the exam varies. The exam is comprised of 75 multiple choice questions with four answer choices provided for each question. Test takers are allotted 90 minutes to complete the exam. A score of at least 70% is required to pass.
The primary subject areas of the exam are:
License Law and Regulations
Law of Agency
Estates and Interests
Liens and Easements
Title and Closing Costs
Real Estate Finance
Land Use Regulations
Construction and Environmental Issues
Valuation Process and Pricing Properties
Human Rights and Fair Housing
Taxes and Assessments
Condominiums and Cooperatives
Commercial and Investment Properties
Income Tax Issues in Real Estate Transactions
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How to Apply for the License: Upon passing the exam, candidates must, within two years, apply for licensure online using the eAccessNY system, or using the real estate application.
Fees: The licensing fee is listed here.
Who administers the test: New York Department of Licensing Services, and the NYS Board of Real Estate.
License Renewal Requirements – A New York real estate licensee must take 22.5 credit hours of continuing education (either online or in the classroom) from an NYSOS-approved provider every two years. Further information is provided on the New York Division of Licensing Services website, here.
Applicable Regulations: Real estate licensees in New York are regulated under the New York Real Estate License Laws.
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