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Become a Real Estate Broker

Becoming an associate broker or broker requires both industry experience and education, plus the passage of the New York State Broker’s exam. Attorneys admitted to the bar in NYS are exempt from the educational exam and experience requirements but must submit an application.

Associate broker and broker applicants must:

  • Have two years of experience as a licensed real estate salesperson or three years of experience in the general real estate field.
  • Complete 120 hours of instruction through the 75-hour Salespersons Qualifying Course and the 45-hour Brokers Qualifying Course. (A waiver may be approved for a master’s degree in Real Estate or equivalent out-of-state coursework.)
  • Register to take the brokers licensing exam through the Department of State, Division of Licensing.
  • Pass the licensing exam.
  • Submit an application and a $155 fee to the NYS Department of State.

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License Reciprocity

New York has reciprocal agreements with several states. Click here for a complete list.