In an effort to better serve New Yorkers, the Department of State is overhauling the agency's website. A new look, streamlined text, user-friendly navigation tools and improved access to public documents are just some of the changes users will see when visiting the site.
The enhanced design is intended to provide visitors with easy to understand information about the wide range of services the Department provides. The improvements enable users to more easily search the site for a variety of purposes. These include getting details on businesses and individuals licensed by the Department, learning about grant programs available to local governments, or getting the latest facts about recent scams and product recalls.
The first phase of the redesign includes a new homepage and frequently visited pages such as About the Department and About the Secretary. From the homepage, users can now link directly to our Division of Licensing to apply for a license; contact our Division of Consumer Protection with a consumer inquiry, or reach out to division staff to incorporate a business.
A new calendar of events will help make it easier for the public to learn of important activities and the Department's newly structured Twitter account provides quick and easy information on the latest news and alerts. Also featured are important links to external sites, including the Governor's website and a list of all New York State agencies.
Department staff will continue to make changes and improvements to the new website in the coming months. Next up will be expanding the redesign to the various divisions within the Department of State. We hope to complete our work in late summer.