About the Office of Administrative Hearings

The mission of the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH) is to conduct fair, impartial hearings for the occupations regulated by the New York Department of State.  The OAH is mandated by law to protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public and to safeguard the due process rights of current Licensees and Applicants for licensure. Administrative Law Judges (ALJs) preside over administrative hearings for a variety of professions, including, but not limited to: real estate brokers, appraisers, notaries public, hair stylists, barbers, security guards and private investigators.

A complete list of occupations licensed by the Department of State may be found on the Division of Licensing Services Homepage.

Department of State Hearing Presenters represent the Division of Licensing Services in all hearings against Licensees or Applicants. Licensees and Applicants for licensure may represent themselves at hearings or may bring an attorney or non-attorney representative.  The Department of State will not provide Licensees and Applicants for licensure with representation under any circumstances.

The Office of Administrative Hearings in an independent unit at the Department of State.  OAH decisions and consent agreements are available at Decisions and Consent Agreements. Copies of consent agreements entered into prior to January 1, 2011 may be obtained by contacting the Department’s Record Access Officer.

A Guide for Statutes and Rules Relating to Hearings and Appeals is available for review at Guide to Statutes and Rules 

To read more about the ALJ’s please visit, About the ALJs