Reinstate Expired License

Any individual who has been actively and legally engaged in the license trade since the expiration of his or her license, may apply for license reinstatement after one (1) year, but no more than five (5) years, from the license expiration date.  License reinstatement is subject to the individual’s satisfactory demonstration of his or her active and legal engagement in the trade, completion of required continuing educational coursework, and payment of all applicable fees.

Note: Master and Special Electricians, Welders, General Contractors, Safety Registrants, Construction Superintendents, Filing Representatives, and Concrete Safety Managers cannot apply for license reinstatement.

To apply for reinstatement, you must submit all of the documentation listed below. Documentation must be submitted in person from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm to:

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


Required Documentation

  • Letter requesting a license reinstatement
  • Current resume, including work experience during the expiration period
  • Notarized Experience Verification Forms from all supervising licensee/supervisors.  Experience Verification Forms for relatie trades can be found on the Department of Buildings website in the Licensing & Exams Application & FOrms section.
    Note: Experience Verfication Forms completed by Human Resource departments will not be accepted.
  • Experience  Verification Form(s) from client(s) if you were an independent contractor during the license expiration period.
  • Social Security History of FICA Earnings statement (does not have to be certified) covering the license expiration period – This is NOT the Social Security Statement.

Following the Department's review, you may be requested to submit additional documentation.  All requests for reinstatement are subject to Department approval. 


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