New York Real Estate License Renewal Requirements

NY Real Estate License Renewal Salesperson or Broker

22.5 hours of continuing education. Courses must include:

  • 3 hours of Fair Housing and/or discrimination
  • 1 hour Agency
  • 18.5 hours of Electives
If a salesperson is within their first license term, they must complete 2 hours of agency along with the other designated educational hours.

Salesperson who complete an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current term, will receive continuing education credit for completion of that course. Please note: The broker course does not satisfy the mandatory 3 hour fair housing requirement.

Renewal Cycle: every two years from the date their license was received.

Exempt from CE requirement: Any licensed real estate broker who is engaged full time in the real estate business and who has been licensed prior to July 1, 2008 for at least 15 consecutive years immediately preceding renewal or an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker's license.

Inactive: No CE is required while license is inactive. License must be renewed and renewal fee must be paid. CE must be completed to return to active status. If you do not renew your license, you cannot conduct any real estate activities that require a New York State real estate license in accordance with Article 12-A of the Real Property Law. There are no grace periods that allow you to continue working while not licensed. You have two years from the date your license expires to renew your license. If you fail to renew within that period, you will be required to pass the state written examination.