New York Real Property Law
1. A nonresident of this state may become a real estate broker or a real estate salesman by conforming to all of the provisions of this article, except that a nonresident broker regularly engaged in the real estate business as a vocation who is licensed and maintains a definite place of business in another state, which offers the same privileges to the licensed brokers of this state, shall not be required to maintain a place of business within this state. Anything to the contrary herein notwithstanding, if any state prohibits or restricts the right of a resident of this state to become a licensed nonresident real estate broker or salesman, then the issuance of such a license to an applicant resident in such state shall be similarly restricted. The department of state shall recognize the license issued to a real estate broker or salesman by another state as satisfactorily qualifying him for license as broker or salesman, as the case may be, under this section; provided that the laws of the state of which he is a resident require that applicants for licenses as real estate brokers and salesmen shall establish their competency by written examinations but permit licenses to be issued to residents of the State of New York duly licensed under this article, without examination. If the applicant is a resident of a state which has not such requirement then the applicant must meet the examination requirement as provided herein and the department of state shall issue a license to such nonresident broker or salesman upon payment of the license fee and the filing by the applicant with the department of a certified copy of the applicant’s license issued by such other state.
2. Every nonresident applicant shall file with his application or renewal application an irrevocable consent on a form prescribed by the department of state submitting himself to the jurisdiction of the courts of this state and designating the secretary of state of the state of New York as his agent upon whom may be served any summons, subpoena or other process against him in any action or special proceeding. Such process may issue in any court in this state having jurisdiction of the subject matter, and the process shall set forth that the action or special proceeding is within the jurisdiction of the court.
3. Service of such process upon the secretary of state shall be made by personally delivering to and leaving with him or his deputy or with any person authorized by the secretary of state to receive such service, at the office of the department of state in the city of Albany, duplicate copies of such process together with a fee of five dollars if the action is solely for the recovery of a sum of money not in excess of two hundred dollars and the process is so endorsed, and a fee of ten dollars in any other action or proceeding, which fee shall be a taxable disbursement. If such process is served upon behalf of a county, city, town or village, or other political subdivision of the state, the fee to be paid to the secretary of state shall be five dollars, irrespective of the amount involved or the nature of the action on account of which such service of process is made. If the cost of registered mail for transmitting a copy of the process shall exceed two dollars, an additional fee equal to such excess shall be paid at the time of the service of such process. Proof of service shall be by affidavit of compliance with this subdivision filed by or on behalf of the plaintiff together with the process, within ten days after such service, with the clerk of the court in which the action or special proceeding is pending. Service made as provided in this section shall be complete ten days after such papers are filed with the clerk of the court and shall have the same force and validity as if served on him personally within the state and within the territorial jurisdiction of the court from which the process issues.
4. The secretary of state shall promptly send one of such copies by registered mail, return receipt requested, to the nonresident broker or nonresident salesman at the post office address of his main office as set forth in the last application filed by him.
5. Nothing in this section shall effect the right to serve process in any other manner permitted by law.
6. Notwithstanding any other provisions of this article, the department of state shall grant a real estate broker or a real estate salesman license to an applicant who is a member of the household of a member of the armed forces of the United States, national guard or reserves and was a member of such household before such member of the armed forces relocated to the state who submits satisfactory evidence of licensure, certification or registration to practice an equivalent occupation issued by a state, territory, protectorate or dependency of the United States, provided that such license, certification or certificate of registration was current and effective within one year of the date of the individual’s application for licensure in New York, was granted in compliance with standards that are, in the judgment of the secretary, no less rigorous than those required for licensure in New York. If such standards for licensure, certification or registration are deemed by the secretary to be less rigorous than those required for licensure in New York, the secretary shall permit an applicant to submit evidence in a form acceptable to the department of state to demonstrate the applicant’s competency and trustworthiness. If such evidence is sufficient in the judgment of the secretary, the secretary shall grant a real estate broker or real estate salesperson license.