Division of Licensing Services

Division of Licensing Services
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Our Mission

The Division of Licensing Services provides employment opportunities in New York State through the issuance of occupational and business licenses while ensuring the health, safety and well-being of the public.

Core Services

New York Department of State's Division of Licensing Services (DLS), oversees the licensure, registration, and regulation of 35 occupations throughout the state. DLS develops and administers examinations, approves curriculum and instructors, processes license applications, investigates consumer complaints and conducts state initiated inspections. The Division is also responsible for the authentication of public documents for use in other countries.

Who We Serve

Beauty Enhancement: Cosmetology; Nail Specialty; Nail Specialty Trainee; Waxing; Natural Hair Styling; Esthetics; Barbering, Appearance Enhancement and Barber Businesses

 

Real Estate: Real Estate Salespersons and Brokers; Real Estate Appraisers; Apartment Information Vendor/Sharing Agents; Home Inspectors; Manufactured Housing

 

Security and Secured Services: Security Guards; Armored Car Services; Private Investigators; Bail Enforcement Agents; Watch, Guard or Patrol Agencies; Security or Fire Alarm Installers; Document Destruction Contractors; Coin Processors

 

Miscellaneous Services: Notary; Athlete Agent; Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium; Telemarketer; Central Dispatch; Ticket Reseller; Hearing Aid Dispenser; Bedding Manufacturer & Refurbisher; Durable Juvenile Product  Manufacturer; Automobile Broker; Health Clubs

Vistor Information

Albany:
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231
(Customer Service hours 9:00am - 4:30pm)

  • Parking:
    • Limited on street metered parking is available for 1 Commerce Plaza in Albany. The Office of General Services has various parking lots throughout downtown Albany which have limited visitor parking. To find out more information about the OGS lots, please visit their website at: http://www.ogs.state.ny.us/supportServices/parking/default.html

 

New York City:
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
123 William St. 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10038-3804
(Licensing Services customer service hours 9:00am to 4:30pm)
(Apostille/Certification of Authentication customer service hours 9:00am to 3:30pm)

 

Binghamton:
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
State Office Building 44 Hawley Street, Room 1506
Binghamton, NY 13901-4455
(607) 721-8757 (customer service hours 9:00am to 3:00pm)

 

Buffalo:
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
65 Court Street, Room 208
Buffalo, NY 14202-3471
(716) 847-7110 (customer service hours 9:00am - 3:00pm)

 

Hauppauge:
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
State Office Building
250 Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY 11788-5519
(631) 952-6579 (customer service hours 9:00am to 3:00pm)

 

Utica:
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
State Office Building
207 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501-2812
(315) 793-2533 (customer service hours 9:00am to 3:00pm)

Contact Division of Licensing Services

Mailing Information:

Albany Mailing Address
NYS Department of State
Division of Licensing Services
P.O. Box 22001
Albany, NY 12201-2001

Please note: If you utilize express services or next day ground services such as UPS, Federal Express, DHL, etc. you should use the physical address of the building.
The physical address of the Albany location is:
Division of Licensing Services
1 Commerce Plaza
99 Washington Avenue, 6th Floor
Albany, NY 12231

Contact us by phone:
General  518-474-4429
Security Guard and Armored Car Guard Information  518-474-7569
Nail Salon Hotline  888-469-7365