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Who Must Have a Ticket Seller License?
You must have a Ticket Seller license if you:
- Sell tickets in a public space. OR
- Sell, give, or transfer any ticket to another person for sale in a public space.
You do not need a Ticket Seller license if you are selling tickets for a mode of transportation operating under a contract with the City of New York or with an entity authorized to act on the City’s behalf.
This description is only a general explanation of who must have a Ticket Seller license. Refer to the Licensing Law handout
Quick List of Application Requirements
When You File Your DCA License Application:
Below are requirements when filing your license application. If you fail to submit all documents, your application will be denied.
- Basic Individual License Application
Online submission: After reviewing the application requirements, please click the Apply Online link at the bottom of the Web page to submit your application.
In-person submission: Download the Basic Individual License Application Form.
- Photo Identification (ID) of License Applicant
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license or a non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
- Alien card/green card
- City, State, or Federal employee ID card
- Municipal ID card
- Photograph of License Applicant
In person: DCA will photograph license applicants at no cost in the DCA Licensing Center or NYC Small Business Support Center.
Online: License applicants can upload an image file of digital passport photo quality. A digital camera with a resolution of 1 mega-pixel is adequate.
- Ticket Seller Non-NYC Resident Form (download)
If you do not reside in New York City, you must complete and submit the Ticket Seller Non-NYC Resident Form.
- Honorably Discharged Veteran License Fee Exemption (if applicable)
If you are an honorably discharged veteran of the United States or the surviving spouse or domestic partner of an honorably discharged veteran and reside in New York State, you are eligible for fee exemption in this category. Please submit ONE of the following documents as proof of your eligibility to receive fee exemption:
- Proof of honorable discharge issued by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), such as:
- Original statement of service OR
- Original DD Form 214, Discharge Papers, or Separation Documents OR
- Member 4 copy of the DD Form 214, Discharge Papers, or Separation Documents
Contact information for the New York Regional Office is provided below.
245 West Houston Street
New York, NY 10014
Telephone: (800) 827-1000
- If you are the surviving spouse or domestic partner of a veteran, provide ALL of the following documents:
- Proof of marriage or domestic partnership (e.g., original marriage certificate, original certificate of domestic partnership, joint lease, or mortgage documents). Please note that proof is subject to DCA’s review and approval. AND
- Original death certificate. AND
- ONE proof of honorable discharge. (See above.)
- Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
If this application will be prepared and submitted by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation. Note: The applicant must sign all required documents.
- License Fee
The chart below lists the amount due depending upon when you file your license application.
|Ticket Seller License Fee
License Term: 1 year
License Expiration Date: July 31
|If You File Your Application Between These Dates:
||Your License Fee is:
|From August 1 to January 31
|From February 1 to July 31
||$22.50 or *$67.50
Note: From July 1, 2016 to July 31, 2016, the license fee is $45.00.
*If you are applying within six months of the license expiration date, you can pay the prorated fee for the remaining license term plus the full fee to renew the license for the next term. If you pay both fees, you will not need to renew the license until the end of the next license period.
Exception: If you are an honorably discharged veteran of the United States or the surviving spouse or domestic partner of an honorably discharged veteran and reside in New York State, you are eligible for fee exemption. See the requirement Honorably Discharged Veteran License Fee Exemption.
The DCA Licensing Center and the NYC Small Business Support Center accept payment by credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card) or check or money order made payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
If you submit your application online, you must pay with a major credit card.
Note: Credit card payments are subject to a nonrefundable 2.49% convenience fee. In the event the payment to which it relates is canceled, refunded, credited, or charged back, you must contact your credit card company to dispute the convenience fee.
Application Filing Process
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.
If you do not speak or understand English well, please let us know when you arrive on-site and we will provide translation services.
- Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below. Note: At this time, the service is available using a laptop or desktop computer only.
- If you haven’t registered an account with the City of New York, you will need to register an account before you can proceed to the online application.
- After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
- Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the Apply for a DCA License page to read requirements and proceed to the online application.
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