Obtain a: NYC Class 1 Filing Representative Registration


In order to become a registered Filing Representative, you must:

  • Meet registration qualifications (See STEP 2)
  • Apply for registration (See STEP 3)

Section 28-416.2 of the New York City Administrative Code exempts the following persons from registration:

  • Owners
  • Professional Engineers
  • Registered Architects
  • NYS Licensed Attorneys
  • Master Plumbers
  • Master Fire Suppression Piping Contractors
  • Master Electricians


Applicants applying for a Class 1 Filing Representative registration must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old.

To obtain a Class 1 Filing Representative registration, you must complete the following training requirements:


To become a registered Class 1 Filing Representative, you must submit the original documents listed below. To submit the required documents, you have the option to either:

  • mail-in your documents by priority mail, FedEx, UPS or another trusted delivery service


  • drop-off your application package between 9:00 am and 1:30 pm to:

New York City Department of Buildings
ATTN: Licensing & Exams Unit
280 Broadway, 1st Floor
New York, NY 10007

Once your application has been deemed qualified, please send an email to LicensingAppointments@buildings.nyc.gov to request an appointment in order to obtain your license card. Your email must include your license type and a PDF scan of your approval letter. You should receive a reply within 15 business days.

The following documentation is required for Class 1 applicants:

  • Typed and completed Filing Representative Application LIC8 form
  • Original Photo ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, passport or green card)
  • Original Social Security card
  • Original proof of residence (utility bill, lease, deed or bank statement) Cell phone bills or credit card statements will not be accepted. If you are unable to provide proof of residence in your name, you may submit a notarized letter from the person you reside with verifying that you reside with them, along with proof of residence in their name
  • A typed, notarized letter from your employer on their company’s letterhead verifying your employment and authorization to represent the company; or a typed, notarized letter verifying that you are self-employed
  • $330.00 check or money order for background investigation fee
  • $150.00 check or money order for registration fee. This fee must be submitted after you have been notified that you have passed your background investigation;
    NOTE: For questions pertaining to your background investigation or to find out the status, please send inquiries to lbackgrounds@buildings.nyc.gov.
  • Certificate of Completion obtained after completion of 16-hour Department-Approved Course
    Applicants will not be able to obtain registration until the 16-Hour Department-Approved Course is completed and a Certificate of Completion is received; Certification of completion must be submitted with all other required documents.


All Filing Representatives have a transitioned to a three-year cycle beginning on their birthday following the date of renewal. At the end of the term, the Filing Representative must renew their registration to maintain Class 1 status. At that time a $150.00 registration fee will be required.

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