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 or verification of licensure.


Certification

A certification of a New York State professional license is an official written statement of the basis of licensure which may be required for licensure purposes in another jurisdiction.

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.

You can request a certification of your New York State professional license by submitting a Request for Certification of New York State Licensure. There is a $20 fee per request.


Verification

A verification of a New York State professional license is an official statement of license and registration status which may be used for employment purposes in New York State.

Such a statement:

  • can be requested by anyone; and
  • only contains license and registration dates (no additional information).

You can request a verification of any New York State professional license at no cost by using our online verification of licensure service.

Last Updated: April 13, 2016