Important Advisory Regarding Security Guard Training

elcome to the New York Department of State's Division of Licensing Services (DLS), which oversees the licensure, registration, and regulation of 32 occupations throughout the state. DLS licenses over 800,000 individuals including real estate brokers, notaries, private investigators, and appearance enhancement professionals. Through its licensing and business filing capacities the division promotes business growth while protecting the health, safety, and welfare of all New Yorkers.

How do I renew my license or registration?

What types of occupations are licensed/registered?

For licensing information on occupational disciplines governed by New York State laws
and Department of State rules, select from the list below:

Apartment Information Vendors
  and Apartment Sharing Agents
Hearing Aid Dispensers
Appearance Enhancement
    Cosmetology   • Esthetics   • Nail Specialty
     • Natural Hair Styling   • Waxing
Home Inspectors
Notaries Public
Armored Car Services
    Armored Car Carrier   • Armored Car Guard
Pet Cemetery & Pet Crematorium
Private Investigator
Athlete Agent Real Estate Appraiser
Automobile Broker Real Estate Broker
Bail Enforcement Agent Real Estate Salesperson
Barber Security or Fire Alarm Installer
Bedding Manufacturer & Refurbisher Security Guard
Central Dispatch Facility Telemarketer Business
Children's Product Safety and Recall Act Ticket Reseller
Coin Processor Watch, Guard or Patrol Agency
Document Destruction Contractor
Health Club Services

How do I get a license?

To be licensed to perform work, licensees may be required to complete an approved course of study or document experience at acceptable levels. You may also be required to take a written — and for some, a practical — examination. Exams are held periodically. You may take an exam for any barber or appearance enhancement discipline; hearing aid dispenser; home inspector; notary public; real estate appraiser, salesperson or broker; private investigator or watch, guard or patrol agency; or to be an installer of fire alarm systems. The practice of some of the listed occupations requires the possession of both a practitioner and business license.

How do I obtain a Certificate of Relief of Disabilities or Certificate of Good Conduct?