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A license indicates that an individual has met the minimum requirements of the Education Law to enter practice or use a professional title within New York State (NYS). A license is valid for the life of the holder unless revoked, annulled, or suspended by the Board of Regents. The Education Law requires that individual licensees periodically register with the Department and pay a fee in order to actively practice or use a professional title within NYS.

The Department issues certification of licensure to provide a licensee’s official information on the basis of licensure for a variety of purposes. The Department also issues written verification of licensure confirming an individual is licensed in NYS and their registration status. To determine which request you need to make for your specific purposes please complete and submit the Online License Certification and Verification Form* and fee. Payment can only be made by credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or American Express).

You can view an official online verification of any New York State professional license at no cost by using our Online Verification Service. You can also search our Enforcement Actions for any disciplinary information on licensees. 

Contact us if you have any questions.


  • Engineering, Land Surveying and Geology - For information on requesting Certification of Successful Completion of Licensure Examination or Intern Certificates see the Engineering & Land Surveying or the Geology webpage.
  • Pharmacy Interns - Please do not fill out this request form. The Department does NOT provide written certification or verification of internship hours or clinical experiences. Contact the state board where you are seeking licensure to inquire whether they will accept an affidavit, from your pharmacy school or the preceptor who supervised your internship, attesting to your completed internship dates/hours. An online verification of an intern permit can be performed using our Online Verification Service (under the pharmacist profession).