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License Application Checklist


DCA Licensing Center
42 Broadway
New York, NY 10004
For more information, call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside of New York City).


You must have a Home Improvement Salesperson license if you solicit, negotiate, or offer to negotiate a home improvement contract with a property owner.

This description is only a general explanation of which individuals need to have a Home Improvement Salesperson license.


Note: New York City businesses must comply with all relevant federal, state, and City laws and rules. All laws and rules of the City of New York, including the New York City Consumer Protection Law and Rules, are accessible using the Public Access Portal. For convenience, sections of relevant New York State Law and New York City Law and Rules are included as a downloadable handout 

Please note that businesses are responsible for knowing and complying with the most current laws, including any City Council amendments. The Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) is not responsible for errors or omissions in the handout provided in this packet. The information is not legal advice. You can only obtain legal advice from a lawyer.


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.  

  • Current color passport-size photograph of License Applicant (one copy).
    In person: License applicants can be photographed in the DCA Licensing Center at no cost.

    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. 

  • Home Improvement Contractor Exam and Exam Fee.
    Home Improvement Salesperson applicants must visit the DCA Licensing Center to take the Home Improvement Contractor Exam.

The exam consists of 30 questions. You must answer a minimum of 21 questions correctly to pass. The exam is given between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at the DCA Licensing Center. The fee is $50. The exam fee is separate from the license fee and is non-refundable. If you fail the exam twice, you must pay the exam fee again in order to retake the exam.

You can take the exam in English or Spanish on computer. A paper exam is available in Chinese, Hindi, and Korean. Download the Home Improvement Business Examination Guide to help prepare for the exam.

Important: An applicant is only required to pass the exam once, even if also applying for a Home Improvement Contractor license.

  • Child Support Certification Form (download)   

  • Fingerprints and Processing Fee.
    Home Improvement Salesperson applicants must be fingerprinted at the DCA Licensing Center. EXCEPTIONS: Any person who currently has fingerprints on file with DCA does not need to be fingerprinted. DCA has fingerprints on file for anyone who provided fingerprints within the last three years and for those who provided fingerprints for an active DCA license. You must visit the DCA Licensing Center and pay a $75 processing fee by check or money order, payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.

    Your fingerprints will be checked for any criminal record that you may have. Note that a conviction will not necessarily prevent you from being granted a license. However, failure to reveal a conviction can constitute grounds for the denial of your application.

  • Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download) 
    If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation.  

  • License Fee.
    Must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted at the DCA Licensing Center include MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Credit card payments are subject to a 2.49% convenience fee. Checks or money orders must be payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. The chart below lists the amount due depending upon when your license application is filed. Note: An odd year is any year ending in an odd digit; for example, 2013, 2015, etc. An even year is any year ending in an even digit; for example, 2014, 2016, etc.

Please note that a 2.49% convenience fee applies if you submit your license application online. A major credit card is required to submit applications online. 

License Term License Expiration Date If You File Your Application Between These Dates: Your License Fee is:
2 years February 28
Odd years
From March 1 in an odd year to August 31 in an odd year $50
From September 1 in an odd year to February 28 or 29 in an even year $38
    From March 1 in an even year to August 31 in an even year $25
    From September 1 in an even year to February 28 in an odd year $13

*If you are applying for the license within three to six months prior to the end of the license period, you can pay the prorated fee for the license period about to end plus the fee for the new license period. If you pay both fees, you will not need to renew the license until the end of the next license period.



  1. Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
  2. 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.
  3. After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
  4. Important: If you need to file another license application (e.g., Home Improvement Contractor), return to the DCA Business Toolbox to read requirements and proceed to the online application.

You can file applications in person at the DCA Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, in Manhattan between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

A home improvement contract must comply with the Laws and Rules of the City of New York. For your convenience, download a model “Home Improvement Estimate and Final Contract” and DCA’s Home Improvement Consumer Guide.


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