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Real Estate Salesperson


Under the supervision of a real estate broker, a real estate salesperson facilitates the purchase and sale of property on behalf of customers; obtains lists of property for sale with employing broker; and assists buyers (customers) of real estate to locate and purchase property (listed with employing brokers or another broker). A real estate salesperson is associated with a real estate broker to list and negotiate the sale, lease, or rental of real property for others for compensation, under the direction and guidance of a responsible broker. A salesperson cannot operate independently.

Licensing Requirements:

All applicants for salesperson licenses must complete an approved qualifying real estate salesperson course prior to applying for a license. The course consists of 75 hours of qualifying instruction. A continuing education requirement must be met every 2 years. In addition, an applicant must be of good moral character. The latest information and requirements for licensure are available on the New York State Department of State website at

Age Requirement:

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Examination Requirements:

Must be sponsored by a licensed New York State real estate broker.

Examination Description:

Written (must pass a written examination before submitting an application)

Fees: (as of August 1, 2012)

  • $15 -- Written examination
  • $50 -- License, 2-year term

Licenses Issued and Active:

From January 1, 2011 to December 31, 2011, there were 31,374 licenses issued for this occupation.
As of June 29, 2012, there were 56,416 active licenses outstanding for this occupation.

Licensing Authority:

New York State Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
One Commerce Plaze
99 Washington Avenue
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, New York 12201-2001
Phone: (518) 474-4429
Fax: (518) 473-6648

Standard Occupational Classification:

41-9022 - Real Estate Sales Agent
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Additional Information:

New York State Association of Realtors, Inc.
130 Washington Avenue
Albany, New York 12203
Phone: (518) 463-0300


Fees stated and other information contained in this report are subject to change. Please contact the licensing authority listed above for the most current information.

This page was last updated on 8/3/12.

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