Press Credentials Office

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About the Press Credentials Office


In 2021, City Council enacted Local Law 46, which transferred the responsibility to issue press credentials or “press cards” from the New York City Police Department to MOME and required the creation of the Press Credentials Office. The Press Credentials Office opened on January 20, 2022.

Read the Press Credentials Office Frequently Asked Questions.

The Press Credentials Office is now accepting applications for three types of Press Credentials:

  • Standard Press Card
  • Reserve Press Card
  • Single Event Press Card

Location and Office Hours

The Press Credentials Office is located at 1 Centre Street, Room 370 in Manhattan. The office is open Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding City holidays. We generally do not accept walk-ins. Please contact the Press Credentials Office at to make an appointment.

Quick Tips About Press Cards

  • Subject to space limitations, safety concerns, and evidence preservation concerns, a press card entitles a member of the press to:
    • Cross police, fire lines, or other restrictions, limitations or barriers established by the City at emergency, spot, or breaking news events and non-emergency public events.
    • Attend City-sponsored events that are open to members of the press.
  • A press card must be worn fully exposed at all times when seeking access to an event and after such access has been granted.
  • A press card is NOT a parking permit and does not entitle a press card holder to parking privileges. DO NOT leave a press card on the dashboard of your vehicle.

Press Credentials Rules

To implement Local Law 46, MOME promulgated rules which set forth application procedures for press credentials, criteria for denial of an application for a press credential, and criteria for suspension or revocation of a press credential. MOME provided the public with the opportunity to comment on the rules, including at a public hearing on November 23, 2021.