Information Regarding Certification or Verification of Licensure

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. 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 New York State.

New York State issues certification of licensure to provide a licensee’s official information to for a variety of purposes. Please carefully read the information below to determine which request you need to make for your specific purposes.

Certification (Verify a New York State License)

A certification of a New York State professional license is an official written statement of the basis of licensure which is required for licensure purposes in another jurisdiction. This also includes national credentialing organizations (CGFNS, FCCPT, NCEES, NCARB etc.).

Such a statement:

  • can only be requested by the owner of the New York State license being certified; and
  • depending on the profession, contains a combination of:
    • professional education
    • professional examination results
    • professional experience.
    • disciplinary actions

You can request a certification of your New York State professional license by submitting this form and a $20 fee per request.

Verification (Letter of Good Standing in New York State)

Please Note: An official written letter of Verification of NYS Licensure is not adequate for obtaining a license in another jurisdiction. For this you need a Certification of NYS Licensure. (See above.)

You can view an official online verification of any New York State professional license at no cost by using our online verification of licensure service. You can also search our Enforcements Actions for any disciplinary information on licensees. To request an official written statement of this information (including disciplinary actions) contact the Certification/Verification Unit by email at or by phone at 518-474-3817 Ext. 1-390 for a request form.

Last Updated: January 22, 2018