How to Renew a New York Real Estate License in 2021 [New Rules]

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To renew your real estate license in the State of New York, you are required to complete a few steps. In this article, you will learn about the new real estate license renewal regulations applicable to all New York real estate licensees, specifically the new continuing ed requirements and everything you need to keep your New York real estate license active in 2021.

2021 New York Continuing Education Requirements

The NYS Division of Licensing Services mandates all licensees complete 22.5 hours of continuing education courses every two years to keep their licenses active.

Breakdown of the New York State 22.5-hour continuing education requirements:

  • 1 hour of recent legal matters
  • 3 hours in courses pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination
  • 1 hour of the law of agency
  • 2.5 hours of ethical business practices (includes Code of Ethics)
  • The remaining hours may be completed in elective courses.

Note: If this is your first renewal circle, you are required to complete 2 hours in the law of agency during your first renewal cycle.

Also, any salesperson who successfully completes an approved broker qualifying course (which requires passing the final exam), within their current term, will receive continuing ed credits for completion of that course.

If you are unsure of the courses to take or you don’t know where to find accredited courses, you can visit our fully-approved online real estate school, Keep Me Certified, to enroll in our 22.5 credit continuing ed package that satisfies all the mandatory and elective course requirements to renew a New York real estate license.

After completing the required courses, only you can renew your real estate license directly with the Department of State through their eAccessNY portal.

What is eAccessNY?

eAccessny is a secure, password-protected occupational licensing management system available online 24/7. There, you can make changes to your licensee profile and renew your real estate license. Click here to access your account

Has your license already expired in the past two years?

If your license happens to expire, you have a period of two years from the date of expiration to renew your license. If you fail to renew within that period, you will be required to pass the state written examination and submit a new salesperson/broker application and fee. If you have to retake the exam, you will not also be required to complete continuing education to regain your license.

NY Continuing education exemptions

Only an attorney admitted to the New York State Bar who holds a real estate broker’s license is exempt from completing continuing education. 

Continuing education completion certificates

New York real estate salesperson and brokers must complete all of their approved continuing ed credits with a New York approved real estate school. You will receive a certificate for completing each course, which you should keep in your records in case you are ever audited in the future.

If you completed your continuing education courses online with keep Me Certified, you can login 24/7 to download a fresh copy of each certificate you earned.

Important contact details

Name:        NYS Division of Licensing Services

Address:    123 William Street, New York, NY 10038-3804

Phone:       518-474-4429

Fax:            518-473-6648


Lastly, continuing education credits do not roll over to the following licensing term. In other words, you cannot carry forward any additional credits you completed during one renewal cycle into the next. You also cannot receive credit for taking the same course more than once in the same renewal cycle.

Keep Me Certified has a fully approved online catalog of video-based courses available to satisfy your New York continuing education requirements.

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