Licensure FAQs

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If I have equivalent real estate experience and plan to obtain a broker license, do I have to take both the salesperson and broker exams?

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If you are planning to obtain broker licensure without first becoming a salesperson because you believe you have experience equivalent to that of a salesperson, then you need only take the NYS broker exam. You would still be responsible for 120 hours of qualifying education. This would include the 75-hour salesperson course and the 45 hour broker course or the old 45-hour salesperson course, the 30-hour remedial course, and the 45-hour broker course. Broker applicants who believe they have completed equivalent education elsewhere need to contact the DOS.

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What is the format of the NYS exam?

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The salesperson exam has 75 multiple-choice questions.  The broker exam has 100 multiple- choice questions. The pass grade is 70% for both.

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What should I bring to the NYS exam?

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You will need to bring a government issued photo ID. In addition, you need two #2 pencils, and you can bring a silent non-printing calculator which does not have an alphabetic keyboard. You must also bring the confirmation you printed when your scheduled your exam on eAccessNY.

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What is the fee to take the NYS salesperson or broker exam?

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The exam fee for the salesperson or broker exam is $15.00.

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If I pass the NYS salesperson or broker exam, but do not wish to be licensed immediately, how long is my pass grade valid?

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You exam pass grade is valid for two years from the date you passed the exam.

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How do I obtain a salesperson license in New York?

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To obtain a real estate salesperson license, you need to complete the 75-hour qualifying course (which includes an exam), obtain broker sponsorship, and pass the NYS exam. Applicants must be at least 18. To obtain a broker license, you need to complete 120-hours of qualifying education, pass the NYS broker exam, ,demonstrate real estate experience, and obtain broker sponsorship if you intend to become an associate broker. Broker applicants must be at least 20.

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When and where are the NYS exams given?

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The exams are given in most major cities in NYS. Go to http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/realestate/re_examsites.html for an updated list.

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Must I take the state exam at the test site closest to my residence?

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You can take your exam at any test site in New York by making an appointment through your account on eAccessNY. http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/eaccessny.html

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How do I register to take the salesperson or broker exam?

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You must register at the DOS website: eAccessNY. http://www.dos.ny.gov/licensing/eaccessny.html
At this site, you will create a username and password. You will then be able to schedule an appointment for your exam, view exam results, and finally file your application for salesperson licensure. Broker applicants must mail their applications to the DOS.

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Must I first complete my required course before taking the state exam?

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You can take your exam at any time by registering on eAccessNY and making an appointment. However, in most cases, it is best to take your qualifying course before the exam as the course content prepares you for the exam.

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Do I require broker sponsorship to take the salesperson or broker exam?

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Although you do not need broker sponsorship at the time you take your NYS exam, you will require broker sponsorship to obtain a salesperson or associate broker license.

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Should I fail my NYS exam, can I take it again?

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If you do not pass the NYS exam, you can take it as many times as necessary by making an appointment through your account on eAccessNY. Remember, if you are having some difficulties in passing your exam, we recommend our practice exams or the exam guide, Cram for the Exam! Your Guide to Passing the New York Salesperson and Broker Exams. You can also seek assistance from your course provider.