Become a Real Estate Salesperson

Requirements

  • Submit a completed application and the required fee to the Department of State.
  • Be 18 years old
  • Have successfully completed 77 hours of approved qualifying education. Please see our FAQs listed below for more information.
  • Pass the NYS Real Estate Salesperson examination
  • Be sponsored by a NYS licensed Real Estate Broker
  • Have a current NYS photo driver’s license or non-driver ID card
  • Photo ID Cards

Course Providers, Course Curriculum and Course Applications

Course Providers offer the qualifying and continuing education courses for Real Estate Salespersons.

Approved Real Estate Qualifying Education Schools

Approved Real Estate Continuing Education Schools

Find a Real Estate School
Search the eAccessNY database by using name, city, county, etc.

Real Estate Salesperson 77 Hour Curriculum

List of Approved Law of Agency Courses

Course Applications

Written Exam

Applicants are required to schedule their Real Estate Salesperson exam online. In order to schedule your examination, you must have an eAccessNY account. In addition to being able to apply for the exam, you will be able to view your scheduled exam details and exam results online.

Create My Account
     For New Licensee or Registrant

Access My Account
     For Licensee or Registrant with an Active Account

Persons with disabilities who require accessibility information should call 518-474-4429.

Persons who require testing modifications should not schedule an exam and, should instead, call 518-474-4429.


What To Bring

1. A form of government issued signature identification which must be photo-bearing. Your identification MUST BE CURRENT (not expired) and from the following list:

  • * driver's license
  • * state issued identification (ex. non-driver ID)
  • * IDNYC Card (NYC Identification Card)
  • * military ID
  • * United States Passport
  • * Employment Authorization Card (issued by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services)
  • * United States INS issued ID
  • * Certificate of US citizenship
  • * Foreign Passport
  • * Brazilian, Mexican, Honduran, and Ecuadorian Consular ID

2. The page you were requested to print when you scheduled your exam on eAccessNY  . This page is referred to as the “Summary of Your Submission” and includes all of your exam information, including your candidate number.

Exam Site Policies

  • Calculators are permitted if they are battery or solar powered, silent, nonprinting and do not contain an alphabetic keyboard. PDA's are not allowed.
  • Cellular phones, beepers and any other electronic devices MUST be turned off during the exam.
  • Dictionaries, books, other reference materials, large bags and briefcases are not allowed at the exam site. Do not bring these materials to the exam site as there is no place to store them.
  • Eating, drinking or smoking is not permitted at the exam site. If you bring food or beverages, you will be asked to dispose of them before entering the exam site.
  • Visitors, guests and children are not permitted at the exam site.
  • Firearms are not allowed at the exam site. Please contact our exam unit at (518) 473-2731 for questions pertaining to this policy.
  • Any person found using notes, books, or other aids; giving or receiving help; removing examination materials or notes from the exam site; causing a disturbance or engaging in practices contrary to the rules of proper examination conduct will be dismissed from the exam site. Any decisions regarding disciplinary measures will be made by the Exam Supervisor at the Department of State.


Score Reporting

  • Exam results are reported as either passed or failed; you will not receive a numerical score. Passed exam results are only valid for a period of two years. Results will not be given over the phone, so please do not call Licensing Services for them.
  • Exam results will be available online by utilizing your account in eAccessNY . The exam results will be available as soon as possible after they are received by the Exam Unit and scored.
  • If you pass the exam, you should apply online utilizing your account in eAccessNY  .
  • If you fail the exam, you can schedule another exam by utilizing your account in eAccessNY   .


About the Exam

  • The written exam is multiple choice and based on the 77-hour pre-licensing curriculum.
  • Applicants will be allowed 1 1/2 hours to complete the test. The allotted time begins at the conclusion of the instructions.
     

Real Estate Salesperson Exam Sites

Special Testing Arrangements Request

Fees

There are fees associated with a Real Estate Salesperson license. You may pay these fees by check or money order made payable to the Department of State or by MasterCard or Visa using a credit card authorization form. DO NOT SEND CASH. Application fees are nonrefundable. A $20 fee will be charged for any check returned by your bank.

$65 - Initial Application

$65 - Renewal

$15 - Written Exam

$10 - Change of Personal Name and/or Address (No fee is required if a name change is the result of a change in marital status)

$10 - Duplicate License/Registration Request

Apply

To apply for an initial Salesperson license online (qualifying by exam only) visit eAccessNY.

Create My Account
     For New Licensee or Registrant

Access My Account
     For Licensee or Registrant with an Active Account

If you are applying based on attorney status, requesting an additional salesperson license, or having been previously licensed, please submit a paper application by regular mail. If you completed education outside of New York State and have received an education waiver, you must pass the state examination and submit your application to our Licensing office for processing.

Your principal broker must log on to their personal online account and authorize your application. After the broker authorizes your application the Department of State will review your application to make sure it is complete and meets the qualifications for a real estate salesperson license.

Upon successful review of your application by our office, your license will be mailed to your business address. 
 

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For more information:

Fair Housing Information 

Real Estate Advertising Information 

FAQs

Contact Contact the Division of Licensing Services

Have a question regarding your license? First, see if your questions are answered in the FAQs above. Otherwise, the quickest way to get in touch with us is through email: Contact us here!


Mailing Information: 
NYS Department of State Division of Licensing Services 
PO Box 22001 
Albany NY 12201-2001 

Please note: If you utilize express services or next day ground services such as UPS, Federal Express, DHL, etc. you should use the physical address of the building. 

Albany Physical Address
Division of Licensing Services 
1 Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor 
Albany, NY 12231

Phone Information:
General Information (518) 474-4429 
Security Guard and Armored Car Guard Information (518) 474-7569 

Call Center Representatives are available from 8:45am to 4:30pm Monday through Friday except on Legal Holidays.

Deaf, hard of hearing and speech-disabled callers, please use 7-1-1

For all other inquiries, email Licensing Services

Visitor & Customer Service Center Information:
Below is a listing of Licensing Customer Service Centers and the hours of operation. Please monitor this page for updates to office hours, guidelines and or any closures. 

Albany: This office is open for all services.
NYS Department of State Division of Licensing Services 
1 Commerce Plaza 99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor 
Albany, NY 12231 

Customer Service hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Apostille Service hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:15pm 

Albany Parking 
Limited on street metered parking is available for 1 Commerce Plaza in Albany. The Office of General Services has various parking lots throughout downtown Albany which have limited visitor parking. To find out more information about the OGS lots, please visit their website.   

New York City: This office is open for all services.
NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
123 William St. 2nd Fl. New York, NY 10038-3804

Customer Service hours: Monday - Friday 9:00am to 4:30pm
Apostille Service hours: Monday – Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm  

Binghamton: Effective July 7, 2023, Licensing Customer Service Center will be closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled. 
NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
State Office Building 
44 Hawley Street, Room 1506 
Binghamton, NY 13901-4455 
(518) 474-4429 

Buffalo: Effective November 10, 2022, Licensing Customer Service Center will be closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled 
NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
295 Main Street, 8th Floor, Suite 821 
Buffalo, NY 14203 
(518) 474-4429

Hauppauge: Effective June 21, 2023, Licensing Customer Service Center will be closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled.

NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
State Office Building 
250 Veterans Memorial Highway 
Hauppauge, NY 11788-5519 
(518) 474-4429

Utica: This office is closed until further notice. Licensing examinations will continue to be held as scheduled

NYS Department of State 
Division of Licensing Services 
State Office Building 
207 Genesee Street Utica, NY 13501-2812 
(518) 474-4429