After being licensed for 18 years and active in 4 states I ventured to get my license in the State of New York. It has been quite the task as I am currently a resident in the State of Virginia and New York has no reciprocity with Virginia. I do hold a Broker's license so the process was a bit easier, I think, but still archaic.
When no reciprocity is in place you need to prove education and experience which again was not a problem. What I find the most interesting and the thing that New York State actually has right is asking me to prove who I am.
The State of NY issued me my paper license but instructed me to come into the DMV to have my picture taken or to provide it via email. I had to bring with me several pieces of identification to prove who I am. I am not a resident of the State of NY so there is no driver's license with a picture in place.
They took my picture and then I had to show them my birth certificate, my social security card, my U.S. passport, and my Virginia issued driver's license. They use a point system and each item had a value. These values need to add up to 6 points. The State will then issue my picture real estate license which I understand will look similar to a driver's license.
I think this is an excellent procedure. As much as this was a bit of a hassle for me it was one I do think it should be uniform across the United States. The buying and selling of real property is one of the largest transactions most people make in their lives.
If my Costco card has my picture identification at least my real estate license should also have my picture identification