How to Become a NYC Licensed Special Sign Hanger


Step 1: Exam Guidelines

In order to obtain a Special Sign Hanger License, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old
  • Be able to read and write the English language
  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Special Sign Hanger
  • Have at least three (3) years of practical experience in sign hanging within five (5) years prior to the application date under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed Special Sign Hanger
  • Have knowledge of and the ability to read plans and specifications relating to sign construction and erection, including supporting framework and other supports, and a knowledge of the problems and practices of sign construction and hanging and be familiar with the equipment and tools used in sign hanging

Note: Please see the full text of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code for all the qualifications requirements


Step 2: Applying for the Exam

You must complete a practical exam (LIC42) in order to become a Special Sign Hanger. To do this you must complete the practical exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Special Sign Hanger candidate and submit the application with the $350.00 fee, payable by money order only, to:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing Unit – Exams
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007


Step 3: Scheduling Your Exam

After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exams.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator, in one (1) to two (2) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Exams are given at several different locations in the State.
  • The practical exam assesses your knowledge of the NYC Administrative Code. You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exam
  • If you pass the practical exam, you will receive a letter via US Mail by CPS approximately three (3) to four (4) weeks after the date the candidate takes the practical exam


Step 4: Background Investigation

In order to become a Special Sign Hanger, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the below documents, in person and by appointment only, to the Department at:

NYC Department of Buildings
Licensing Unit – Exams
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

  • Examination Score Report Form
  • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience
    Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted.
  • Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience
    There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by ‘company name.’ You may request the information by mail or in person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in person).Visit the Social Security Earnings Information page for more information.
  • Photo ID (driver license ,State ID, permit, green card or passport)
  • Original Social Security Card
  • Original birth certificate, current passport or Green Card
  • Proof of residence with a utility bill, lease, or deed
    Cell phone bills will not be accepted.
  • Latest pay stub or W-2
  • Two (2) 2x2 passport sized photographs
  • $500.00 background fee

Note: Applicants have one (1) year to complete the submission of all documentation.


Step 5: Applying For Your License

Once you have passed the exams and background investigation, you need to apply for your Special Sign Hanger License.

  • If you pass both exams and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing Unit that you are eligible to apply for a Special Sign Hanger License
  • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to begin submitting the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to retake the exam.
  • You must make an appointment to apply for a license by calling the Licensing Unit at (212) 393-2259. All documents submitted must be originals; copies will not be accepted. Candidates without appointments will not be seen


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