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NY Salesperson License Application

Application Process

NY Salesperson License Application

Step 1: Complete the Educational Requirements

The first step is to sign up and complete the 75-hour New York State approved course of study. You can search for an approved course provider using the NY State's eAccessNY system. After completing the course, you will have to contact the school to have their authorized person complete the Certification of Satisfactory Completion section of the Application (Section 2 of the Real Estate Salesperson Application).

Waiver from Educational Requirements

You may be able to apply for a waiver for educational requirement if you have obtained equivalent level of education. For example, you may request a waiver if you believe you have completed a similar course from an educational institution outside of New York. However, DLS dos not approve waivers based on continuing education courses, correspondence courses, and paralegal courses. If you want to apply for a waiver then send a letter to DLS requesting the waiver along with following documents:

  1. Original Proof of Equivalent Level of Schooling: Official transcript from an accredited college or university evidencing completion of the course(s) that you believe will meet the waiver requirements. An original Certificate of Course Completion from a recognized real estate school can also be submitted.
  2. Course Description: An official description of the subject matter. Information from school catalogue is acceptable.

Mail the documents at Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, Bureau of Educational Standards, P.O. Box 22001, Albany, NY 12201-2001.


Step 2: Schedule and Pass the Examination

You can schedule to take the qualifying examination after completing the educational requirements or obtaining approval of the waiver from educational requirements. The examination fee is $15 . The examination must be scheduled using eAccessNY . The written exam is a multiple choice exam which must be completed in one and a half (1.5) hours. You have to correctly answer at least 70 percent of the questions to pass the exam. Upon passing the exam you will receive a notification of passing the examination. If you have failed the exam, then you can use eAccessNY to schedule another exam. You are required to pass the exam at least two years prior to filling of application for the Real Estate Salesperson license.

Details of the NY State Exam and educational exams can be found on Real Estate Salesperson Education and Exam Information page on DLS website.


Step 3: Obtain Sponsorship from a Broker

DLS requires an applicant to obtain sponsorship from an employing broker before submitting the salesperson application. The applicant should carefully choose a broker to work with. The reputation and resources of the broker, facilities offered, access to market, and compensation structure are some of the factors to consider.

Step 4: NY State Driver’s License or Non-Driver ID Card

You must have a current New York State Driver License or Non-Driver ID card before completing the broker application. The driver license information is needed by the DLS to prepare the photo ID cards and you will have to provide details of the driver’s license or state ID on the broker license application. If you do not have a driver’s license or ID card or if they have expired, then visit any NY DMV office to obtain or renew them.


Step 5: Prepare and Submit the Application

The application can be submitted online through eAccesssNY or through postal mail.


Most applications can be submitted by using the occupational licensing management system on eAccessNY. This is the same system that is used for scheduling the examination the applicant may continue using the system for the license application. The system allows the applicant to complete the application, make the payment online and submit the application. The sponsoring broker receives the application and is required to approve it before the license is issued by DLS.


Postal Mail

Certain applicants cannot be submitted online such as applications based on waiver requests, exemptions, and reciprocity. Complete the following steps for a paper application:

  1. Application Form: Complete the Real Estate Salesperson Application (DOS-0022).
  2. Application Fee: Attach the application fees in the form of check or money order made payable to Department of State. Payment may also be made through credit card by using the Credit Card Authorization Form (DOS-1450-f-l-a). The application fee is $50.
  3. Attach Supporting Documentation: Attach the following documents with the application form:
    1. Passed Examination Notification: Received upon passing the examination.
    2. Waiver Letter: For request to waive educational requirements or other eligibility requirements.
    3. Explanation of any Conviction: Provide explanation of any criminal offence misdemeanor or a felony. Include accusatory instrument, Certificate of Disposition, and any Certificate of Relief from Disabilities, Certificate of Good Conduct or Executive Pardon.
    4. Special Testing Arrangements Request: Fill out the Special Testing Arrangements Request form if you would like any special testing arrangements due to any learning disability or any physical, mental or psychological disability.
  4. Mail the Application: The completed application form along with the supporting documents should be mailed to Department of State, Division of Licensing Services, Bureau of Educational Standards, P.O. Box 22001, Albany, NY 12201-2001

Updated: Feb 02, 2013


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