Real Estate License Reciprocity in New York

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New York State Real Estate License Reciprocity Update 2024

In the constantly changing landscape of real estate, it’s important to keep up-to-date with the newest developments, particularly in relation to license reciprocity.

As of February 1, 2023, New York has ceased reciprocal agreements with other states.

This means if you’re licensed in another state and wish to practice in New York, you’ll need to meet New York’s specific licensing requirements, just like any new licensee.

For all real estate professionals in New York, whether new or experienced, ongoing education is a must.

To renew your real estate license, you must complete 22.5 hours of mandatory education.

This education includes specific topics to ensure comprehensive knowledge and ethical practice: 3 hours of fair housing and/or discrimination training, 1 hour of agency (increased to 2 hours for new licensees), 2.5 hours in ethical business practices, 1 hour on recent legal matters, 2 hours on cultural competency, and 2 hours on implicit bias.

It’s important to note that New York has also eliminated the “grandfathering” exemption, meaning that long-time brokers are no longer exempt from completing continuing education.

These requirements underscore New York’s commitment to a real estate environment that is knowledgeable, ethical, and inclusive.

2023 Background:

If you’re licensed in another state and thinking of getting your New York real estate license you may be wondering about New York’s real estate license reciprocity guidelines. Read on to learn all you need to know about real estate license reciprocity in New York.

The Basics of Real Estate License Reciprocity

Real estate license reciprocity is the ability of a real estate license earned in one state to be used in other states. Real estate license reciprocity varies by state and the type of real estate license.

What States Have Real Estate License Reciprocity with New York?

New York currently has real estate license reciprocity with 9 states. Check out the table below to view the states and what is required.

Reciprocity States

Type Of License Required

Requirements

Arkansas

Broker only. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Arkansas.

Colorado

Broker and Associate Broker. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Colorado.

Connecticut

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Connecticut.

Georgia

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Georgia. Must have obtained license by passing Georgia exam.

Massachusetts

Broker only. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Massachusetts.

Mississippi

Broker only. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Mississippi.

Oklahoma 

Broker and Sales. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Oklahoma.

Pennsylvania

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Pennsylvania.

West Virginia

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in West Virginia.

Reciprocity States

Type Of License Required

Requirements

Arkansas

Broker only. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Arkansas.

Colorado

Broker and Associate Broker. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Colorado.

Connecticut

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Connecticut.

Georgia

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Georgia. Must have obtained license by passing Georgia exam.

Massachusetts

Broker only. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Massachusetts.

Mississippi

Broker only. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Mississippi.

Oklahoma 

Broker and Sales. Two years licensure and current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Oklahoma.

Pennsylvania

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in Pennsylvania.

West Virginia

Broker and Sales. Current active license.

Business and Residence must be in West Virginia.

Steps To New York Real Estate License Reciprocity

To obtain a New York real estate license on the basis of reciprocity, you must have a real estate license in one of the states in the table above and meet these requirements:

Step 1: Current Real Estate License

Have a current license, dated within six months from the Real Estate Commission where license was obtained.

Step 2: Home-State Broker Sponsorship

You must be sponsored by your home-state broker who must also hold a current New York State broker’s license.

Step 3: Cultural Competency Training

Obtain proof of completion of at least two hours of training on the topic of cultural competency.

Step 4: New York Real Estate License Application

Submit a completed New York State Real Estate License Application and the license application fee. 

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New York Real Estate License Reciprocity FAQ

Yes, New York State offers real estate license reciprocity with 9 other states: Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia. 

To get your New York Real Estate Salespersons License via reciprocity, you must:

1) Hold a current real estate license in your home state

2) Be sponsored by your home-state broker who must also hold a current NY broker’s license

3) Submit a completed NY Real Estate Salesperson Application

4) Pay the $65 application fee

5) Submit an irrevocable consent form.

If you want to get your NY real estate license and are licensed in a state that doesn’t share license reciprocity with NY, you must obtain your license the same way as any non-licensee. This includes:

1) Completing the New York 77-hour Real Estate Pre-Licensing Course

2) Pass your proctored School Final Exam

3) Pass the New York State Real Estate Licensing Exam.

4) Choose a sponsoring broker in New York

5) Submit your NY State Real Estate Salesperson application.

New York does not offer real estate license reciprocity with New Jersey. However, the Department of State may waive the 77-hour real estate pre-licensing course requirement if you can show evidence that you have completed the NJ pre-license course. This means you will only have to pass the New York State Real Estate Licensing Exam and apply for your NY Real Estate Salesperson License.

New Jersey does not offer real estate license reciprocity with New York. However, if you hold an active New York Real Estate Salesperson License, New Jersey may waive their pre-license course requirement, which means you only have to pass the NJ state licensing exam and apply for an NJ real estate salesperson license.

If you aren’t eligible to apply for an New York real estate license via reciprocity, you must obtain your license the same way as any non-licensee. Click here to learn everything you need to know about getting your real estate license in New York. 

Yes, you are not required to be a New York State resident to get your New York State Real Estate Llicense. However, you must complete both the school’s proctored final exam and the proctored New York State real estate licensing exam at approved proctoring locations within New York State.

If you aren’t eligible to apply for an New York real estate license via reciprocity, you must obtain your license the same way as any non-licensee. Click here to learn everything you need to know about getting your real estate license in New York. 

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