Home Inspector License (DOS-1694-a)

This licenses a person to perform home inspections.


3-5 Business Days




Licenses a person to perform home inspections. A home inspection is the process by which a home inspector observes and provides a written report of the systems and components of a residential building (a structure consisting of one to four dwelling units and their garages and carports, but does not include any such structure newly constructed or not previously occupied as a dwelling unit) including but not limited to the heating, cooling, plumbing, electrical systems and structural components (foundation, roof, masonry structure, exterior and interior component or any other related residential building components). Architects, engineers, and code enforcement officials for the state or a political subdivision can continue to engage in home inspections without the need of this license provided they are working within the scope of their profession. However, if they open a home inspection business they are required to obtain a license. Architects and engineers are exempt from the course work, examination requirement, and the continuing education requirements for this license as long as they can provide proof of their professional license. Code enforcement officials must meet all qualifications.


1. Proof of Training/Experience, Always Required
2. Proof of Liability Insurance Coverage, Always Required
3. Professional License, Sometimes Required

How to Apply

1. See form below.


• Business information if applicable
• Qualifications
• Fees ($250)


Required Fees

ApplicationNo$250For 2 years
ExaminationNo$50If applicable

Payment Options:

Personal Check; Postal Money Order; Charge Card (Visa and MasterCard accepted only)
Make payable to the NYS Department of State

Duration & Processing

Additional Info

1. 140 hours of approved schooling which includes 40 hours of unpaid field-based training or performed at least 100 home inspections under the direct supervision of a NYS licensed home inspector, professional engineer or architect.
2. General liability insurance shall be a minimum amount of $150,000 per occurrence and $500,000 aggregate.
3. Depends on the qualification method chosen to apply for license.

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