HELPFUL TIPS FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE (DOS) FOR RENEWING NY REAL ESTATE SALESPERSON & BROKER LICENSES.
*** Renewal must be completed online. http://www.dos.state.ny.us/licensing/eaccessny.html
TIP: Quoted directly from the DOS "They need to renew online and make sure they answer “YES” to the continuing education question. If they mistakenly answer “NO”, we will not renew their license until we see their original course completion certificates. They also need to hold onto their original course completion certificates in the event we audit them."
The below Q&A is taken from the Department of State website.
Renew My License
Q: Why should I renew online?
In accordance with New York’s Green Initiative to reduce paper use, all Real Estate Licenses must be renewed online.
Q: Why must I renew my license?
If you do not renew your expired 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 and submit a new salesperson/broker application and fee. No continuing education will be required to repeat the licensing process again.
Q: How do I know when I should renew my license?
Your license expiration date is printed on the license. You are eligible to renew your license three months prior to the expiration date.
Three months prior to your license expiration date, you are sent an email and post card reminder that it’s time to renew your real estate license. Both reminders provide you with written instructions on how to renew your license online through your eAccessNY Account.
Q: How do I renew my real estate license?
After you logon, from the Main Menu page click on “List of Licenses (Access your license here).” A listing of all your License(s) and License Number(s) (UID#’s)will be listed. If you have more than one license, click on the license you wish to renew.
1. Click on “Renew License” and then “Next Step” to renew the license.
If the Office/Sponsorship information listed is incorrect, DO NOT continue with this renewal until your new broker has submitted a change of association for you. If you are changing association or the business address, those changes must be performed, by the principal broker, prior to renewing your license online. Proceed with this online renewal ONLY if the information listed is correct.
2. Answer the questions and press “Next Step” to continue.
3. Affirm the application by checking the “I Agree” box and press “Next Step” to continue. When you affirm your application, you are indicating that you have met the requirements for renewal. Therefore, your continuing education must be completed prior to submitting your online renewal.
4. Enter your credit card details and press “Submit” ONLY ONCE to submit your payment. Your card will be charged with the total amount displayed.
5. You will get a “Confirmation” page indicating your renewal has been submitted. Print the page for your records. Submission does not constitute an approval. Your renewal application will be reviewed by the Department to make sure it is complete and meets the qualifications for renewal.
Q: What if I don’t have a printer? Can I save a “confirmation page” to my computer?
Yes, you can save any web page to your computer. For most browsers, click on “File” in the menu bar, then click on “Save As.” When the “Save As” dialogue box appears, save the page as a web page or as a text file, to the location on your computer you choose. After you save it, you can open the file at any time without being connected to the Internet.
Q: What if I answer no to the continuing education question when renewing my real estate salesperson/broker license in eAccessNY?
If you answer no to this question, your renewal application will not be approved. You will receive notification from the Department acknowledging receipt of your renewal application. This notice will inform you that approval of your renewal application will not be granted until original certificate(s) of completion evidencing successful completion of the required continuing education or proof satisfactory to this division that you are exempt from this requirement is submitted to the Bureau of Educational Standards for review and approval.
You must submit this proof even if you have answered no to this question in error. By answering NO when submitting your on line renewal, you have affirmed that you have not completed the required education and that you are not exempt from this requirement.
Q: How do I know my license was renewed successfully online?
After completing all of the steps on your renewal check list (including payment), you will submit your online renewal for processing. At the end of the renewal process you will get a Confirmation page indicating that your renewal has been submitted. This does not mean your license is renewed. Your renewal application will be reviewed to make sure it is complete and meets the qualifications for renewal.
You should access your account to see if the license shows as current. If you check “Application Status Display” and that license is still showing “in progress”, then your renewal application is still waiting to be reviewed by the Department of State. If anything additional is required, you will be contacted by the Department.