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How to Become a Real Estate Agent in New York

Follow these steps per New York state requirements and you're on your way.

How To Get Your New York Real Estate License in 6 Easy Steps

Becoming licensed may seem like a daunting undertaking at first, but we’ve demystified the process for you. The CE Shop is a New York approved real estate education provider and offers all the classes you need to qualify for your license. Follow these six steps to get started today!



Successfully complete the 75-hour salesperson qualifying course with an approved education provider.

Why Should You Choose The CE Shop for Your New York Pre-Licensing Classes?

Our LEAP platform combines the best of the classroom environment with the convenience of online delivery. We offer an engaging learning experience with the freedom and flexibility of online learning.

You can view the details of the courses along with our packages here.




Successfully pass coursework and the real estate exam with a proctor.

After you complete all the course materials, meet the minimum time requirements, and score well on the practice exam, you’ll schedule to sit for a 100-question final exam. The minimum passing score necessary is 70%.

*According to state rules, you are only allowed to take this exam twice. The test must be taken in the presence of a proctor approved by the NY Department of State. Included is an approved list of proctoring locations available to schedule your exam here.


Choose a sponsoring broker to support you through the process.

As you go through the process of earning your license, you will need to be affiliated with a broker in order to practice when licensed. Picking the right broker is crucial in becoming a successful real estate agent. This broker will be a career and education mentor, providing you with an inside perspective of the day-to-day operations of a real estate agent. The broker you choose will represent you, as you will represent them, so it’s important to find the right fit.

So how do you choose the right broker? Do your research and find a brokerage that reflects your values, interests, and market niche. Start by asking the following questions as you do your research:

  • What is their reputation, both locally and nationally?
  • What kind of real estate agents are they looking for?
  • Are they technologically advanced and up-to-date with the latest systems?
  • How do they support their agents with education and training?
  • What kind of commission structure do they offer?
  • Do they offer benefits?
  • Do they provide their agents with leads and marketing material?
  • Is there room to grow with the brokerage?



Schedule the NY State Real Estate Salesperson Exam.

Via the Occupational Licensing Management System, eAccessNY, you can schedule this state required exam. Successful completion of the exam leads you to the final steps needed to obtain your real estate salesperson license in the state of New York. Additional information regarding the state exam can be accessed here.



Fill out the real estate salesperson application.

Upon successful completion of the state exam, you need to fill out the online application and pay the required fee to get your license. You can find the application here or use eAccessNY to complete the application online.



Receive your license.

Once the application is approved, a license and pocket card will be issued identifying you as a New York state licensed real estate salesperson. The license is valid for two years.

To keep your license active and be eligible for renewal, take advantage of The CE Shop to complete your required New York continuing education courses every two years.




The Ultimate Guide to Becoming a Real Estate Agent in New York

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