Business Licenses

Start a Business in New York State

NY License Center defines a license as any required permit, registration, or similar form of authorization required by New York State. Examples of businesses requiring licenses are: restaurants, motor vehicle repair shops, beauty salons and barber shops, food establishments, and child day care centers.

Read more about starting a business in the State of New York.

Want to find out what permits or licenses your business needs? Start with the Business Wizard to determine which New York State licenses are necessary to get your business up and running.

Know what license you need? Find a complete list of the licenses and permits currently available through the License Center.

You can also search businesses and individuals licensed in the State of New York.

New User

You must have a user ID to apply for a new license or permit or to manage your existing licenses and permits. If you have an existing license, permit or application record, associate your record(s) with your account. Follow the instructions provided under “Records” in your NY License Center Account. To access your records, you will be guided through a security process (takes about 10 minutes). Get started.

Returning User

Already have a ID? For example, that you use to file taxes in New York State, or that you use to renew your driver’s license with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Log in with your NY.Gov ID. If you are acting on behalf of a business, contact your employer for your ID.

Need Help?

If you need assistance using the NY License Center, please contact (518) 453-8130 to reach our call center between the hours of 8:30 am and 4:30 pm Monday-Friday, with the exception of state observed holidays.

Read the NY License Center FAQs for additional help.