You can find out if your business needs a New York State Department of State (DOS) license or permit to operate or expand by using the State License Center's website.

If a license or permit is required, you can apply online and find the status of an application or renewal through the website. Phone assistance is also available.


Find out if your business requires a New York State license or permit.

Renew a State business license or permit.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of State
  • Division: Division of Licensing Services
  • Phone Number: (518) 474-4429
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM

DOS licenses various occupations, including (but not limited to):

  • Apartment Information Vendors and Apartment Sharing Agents
  • Appearance Enhancement Business/Area Renter
  • Appraisal Management Company
  • Armored Car Services
  • Athlete Agent
  • Automobile Broker
  • Bail Enforcement Agent
  • Barber
  • Bedding Manufacturer & Refurbisher
  • Central Dispatch Facility
  • Children's Product Safety and Recall Act
  • Coin Processor
  • Cosmetology
  • Document Destruction Contractor
  • Esthetics
  • Health Club Services
  • Hearing Aid Dispensers
  • Home Inspectors
  • Manufactured Housing
  • Nail Specialty
  • Nail Specialty Trainee
  • Natural Hair Styling
  • Notaries Public
  • Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium
  • Private Investigator
  • Real Estate Appraiser/Broker/Salesperson
  • Security Guard
  • Security or Fire Alarm Installer
  • Telemarketer Business
  • Ticket Reseller
  • Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency
  • Waxing

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