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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 Motion Picture Projectionist license to operate any motion picture projection apparatus or any connection thereof, in any place of assembly, or in any public or private building whether used for shows or amusement or otherwise.  
This description is only a general explanation of which individuals need to have a Motion Picture Projectionist 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 Consumer Protection Law and Rules, are accessible using the Public Access Portal. For convenience, sections of relevant New York State Law and/or New York City Law and Rules are available 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. 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:

  • 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.

  • 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
    • license or permit issued by a government agency
    • passport
    • alien card/green card
    • a City, State, or Federal employee ID card 
  • Motion Picture Projectionist Exam and Exam Fee 
    Applicants must take the Motion Picture Projectionist exam. The exam consists of 41 questions. You must answer a minimum of 28 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 $200. The exam fee is separate from the license fee and is non-refundable. If you fail the exam three times within a 30-day period, you must pay the license fee and the exam fee again in order to retake the exam. 
    Please note that you will be required to pay the exam and license fees as one total fee payment if you submit your license application online.   
  • Current color passport-size photograph of License Applicant
    License Applicants can be photographed in the DCA Licensing Center at no cost. 

    Please note that you can upload an image file if you submit your license application online.  
  • Proof of Age
    Motion Picture Projectionist applicants must be at least 18 years old. A driver’s license, birth certificate with photo identification, passport, or alien card will be accepted as proof of your age.  
  • Child Support Certification Form (download
  • License Fee
    Must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted at the DCA Licensing Center include Visa, 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. 

Motion Picture Projectionist License

License Term

License Expiration Date

If You File Your Application Between These Dates:

Your License Fee is:

2 years

December 31
Even years

From January 1 in an odd year to June 30 in an odd year



From July 1 in an odd year to December 31 in an odd year



From January 1 in an even year to June 30 in an even year



From July 1 in an even year to December 31 in an even year


*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, 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.

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