How to Find Business Records in New York State
New York State Business Licenses
Searching for business license information in the state of New York can
be a simple and easy task. To make this process less time consuming, the
New York Secretary of State’s website has a searchable online database
of licensing information that anyone can access. Searching this database
is absolutely free and the information you will find is also available
to you without cost. The seven simple steps outlined below will show you
exactly how to access the database, search the database, and will fill
you in on what type of information to expect from your search.
How to Search For New York State Business Licensing Information
1. Begin your New York business license search by visiting the New York
Secretary of State’s website (http://www.dos.state.ny.us/).
2. When you arrive at the homepage, you will see several links and
website menus for the NYSOS website on both the left and right sides of
the page. You will need to look for the NYSOS website menu located on
the right side of the page.
3. On this site menu, there will be three different sections: ‘Latest
News’, ‘Quick Links’, and ‘Features’. You will need the look under the
‘Quick Links’ section.
4. There will be several different links under this section, but the one
you will want to look for is labeled ‘Search for Licensees and
5. From there, you will be taken to the Index of Licensees and
Registrants page, where you can perform your search one of three ways:
by ID number, by name, or by business name.
By ID Number: Using this option, you can search using a businesses
unique ID or registration number.
By Name: Using this option, you can search using the first and last name
of a person associated with a business, as well as the optional choice
of refining your search by city, zip code, or county.
By Business Name: Using this option, you can search using a business’s
name, as well as the optional choice of refining your search by city,
zip code, or county.
6. All three of these searches will transport you to a page where your
search results will be listed. These results will include all business
registered in New York that match your search criteria. The listing will
include each businesses ID number, name, city, license type, and when
the license expires.
7. To find out more information on a listed business, click their ID
number. This will take you to a page of details specifically for that
company. These details may include the company’s ID number, the name,
the business name, business address, county, license type, and when the
All in all, there are 24 types of licenses that you will be able to find
by using this searchable database. These 24 license types are:
- Alarm Installer
- Apartment Information Vendor
- Apartment Sharing Agent
- Appearance Enhancement
- Armored Car Carrier
- Armored Car Guard
- Athlete Agents
- Bail Enforcement Agent
- Central Dispatch Facility
- Hearing Aid Dispenser
- Hearing Aid Dispenser Business
- Home Inspection
- Notary Public
- Private Investigator
- Real Estate Appraiser
- Real Estate Associate Broker
- Real Estate Branch Office
- Real Estate Broker
- Real Estate Salesperson
- Security Guard
- Telemarketer Business
- Watch, Guard, & Patrol Agency
This database is updated regularly so, if a New York company has one of
the above licenses, it will be recorded in the database. If you cannot
find a company’s information, and they still insist that they hold one
of these licenses, then it may be best to move on to a trustworthy
company who will give you an honest answer.
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