Apply for a DCA License

Select an industry below to learn about its application requirements and to submit a license application online. View list of industries Consumer Affairs licenses and their expiration dates (in PDF)

Note: As of June 5, 2016, DCA no longer licenses Motion Picture Projectionists.

How do I submit my license application?

There are two ways to file your license application:

  • IN PERSON: File in person at one of the following locations:
    • DCA Licensing Center at 42 Broadway, Lobby, in Manhattan. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday.
    • NYC Small Business Support Center at 90-27 Sutphin Blvd, 4th Floor, in Jamaica, Queens. Hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • ONLINE: Select an industry above to read the application requirements and to submit a license application online.

What's the status of my license application?

If you submitted your initial application online,

  1. Login to your account
  2. Select "Access My Account" from the blue Businesses-DCA box.
  3. On the account page, you should see a list of your pending applications and its status. You can also submit additional materials to the application by uploading documents.

If you submitted your initial application at the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center,

  1. Review the Acknowledgement of Application printout that you received after you handed in your application. It will have your Record ID and PIN.
  2. Register an account or login
  3. After registering/login, enter the Record ID and PIN to link you account to your DCA Records.
  4. Return to the "Home" tab, and select "Access My Account" from the blue Businesses-DCA box.  
  5. On the account page, you should see a list of your pending applications and its status. You can also submit additional materials to the application by uploading documents.

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Don't see a license or permit for your business?

It is the business owner's responsibility to apply for all permits, licenses, and authorizations required by other City and State agencies. Below are some important resources.

  • Department of Small Business Services (SBS). SBS makes it easier for businesses in New York City to form, do business, and grow by providing direct assistance to business owners, fostering neighborhood development in commercial districts, and linking employers to a skilled and qualified workforce. Learn more
  • Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. DCA’s Licensing Center accepts license and permit applications on behalf of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DOHMH). DOHMH issues many types of licenses and permits under the NYC Health Code. Visit DOHMH’s License, Permit and Course Information web page
  • New York State Department of State. The New York State Department of State’s Division of Licensing Services plays an important role for consumers, occupational licensees, applicants, and the business community in New York State. The Division is responsible for the licensure, registration, and/or regulation of many businesses, including real estate brokers and salespersons, barber shops and practitioners, appearance enhancement businesses and practitioners (cosmetology, esthetics, natural hair styling, nail specialty, waxing), security guards, telemarketers, and ticket resellers. Learn more.

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