How to Renew a New York Real Estate License in 2022 [New Rules]

New NY real estate license renewal rules

In March, the NY DOS sent out an email to all licensees, which we have included at the bottom of this post. The new requirements for 2022 do not take effect until September 21, 2022. So if your current real estate license expires before September 21, 2022, nothing has changed for you, yet.

If you are not already familiar with the real estate license renewal requirement updates from 2021, here is the link to the 2021 update article.

For all New York real estate licensees with an active real estate license that currently expires on or after September 21, 2022, these new rules apply to you.

Here is the complete list of mandatory courses for all NY real estate licensees expiring on or after September 21, 2022:

  • 2.5 Ethical Business Practices
  • 3 Hours Fair Housing
  • 1 Hour Legal Update
  • 1 Hour Law of Agency (2 Hours for first renewal cycle)
  • 2 Hours Implicit BiasNEW Requirement
  • 2 Hours Cultural Competency – NEW Requirement

Keep Me Certified’s Implicit Bias and Cultural Competency courses are currently approved and available in our New York course catalog.

In the meantime, anyone who enrolls in our 22.5 Credit package will be eligible to have these two new courses (implicit bias and cultural competency) added to their account (free of charge) once they are reviewed and approved by NY DOS.

Remember to complete all of the necessary continuing ed credits you need prior to renewing your real estate license. Once you have completed the credits you need, only you can renew your New York real estate license through the NY elicense portal.

Keep Me Certified is a fully approved online real estate school. Each of our courses are periodically updated and individually approved to count towards satisfying the education requirements necessary to renew or reactivate a New York real estate license.

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Original note from NY DOS included below:

Dear Real Estate Licensee:

New laws regarding continuing education for real estate salespersons and brokers were recently adopted. The new laws require as part of the 22.5 hours of continuing education required to renew, both real estate salespersons and brokers licenses, at least 2 hours of instruction pertaining to implicit bias awareness and understanding, and at least two hours of cultural competency training.

Therefore, effective September 21, 2022, all licensees will be required to successfully complete 22.5 hours of approved continuing that includes at least 2.5 hours on the subject of ethical business practices, at least 1 hour of recent legal matters, at least 3 hours of instruction pertaining to fair housing and/or discrimination in the sale or rental of real property or an interest in real property, at least 1 hour of instruction pertaining to law of agency except in the case of the initial two-year licensing term for real estate salespersons 2 hours of agency related instruction, at least 2 hours of instruction pertaining to implicit bias awareness and understanding, and at least two hours of cultural competency training. Instruction must be completed within the two-year period immediately preceding a renewal.

For purposes of implementing the changes, the new requirements are effective on the actual date the license expires rather than the date the renewal application is submitted for processing. If the expiration date printed on your license is on or after September 21, 2022 or you submit your application after September 21, 2022, you must meet the new requirements prior to renewal.

To review the changes regarding implicit bias training, click here.
To review the changes regarding cultural competency training, click here.

SPECIAL NOTICE TO BROKERS: A recent legislative amendment REMOVED the 15-year real estate broker continuing education exemption and now requires all brokers who were previously exempted to complete continuing education.

If you have any questions, please feel free to submit your inquiry to


Division of Licensing Services
NYS Department of State


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