DCA Licensing Center 42 Broadway, 5th Floor New York, NY 10004 For more information, call 311 (or 212-NEW-YORK outside of New York City).
LICENSE DESCRIPTION: A person or business must have a Booting Company license if they are in the business of placing a mechanical device on a parked motor vehicle designed to prohibit its usual manner of movement.
This description is only a general explanation of which businesses need to have a Booting Company license. You may not begin work as a Booting Company until you have received your license document.
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 the New York City Licensing Law (and Rules, if enacted) 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.
Before You File Your DCA License Application: You must obtain the following required documents before filing your application.
Applicable Business Certificates based on your Business's Legal Structure
Sole Proprietorships operating under a name other than your own must file a Business/Assumed Name Certificate with the clerk of the county in which your business is conducted.
Sole Proprietorships doing business under your own name—and not under a trade or Doing-Business-As (DBA) name—do not need a Business Certificate.
General/Business Partnerships must file your Partnership Certificate with the clerk of the county in which your business is conducted.
Corporations, Limited Partnerships, Limited Liability Companies, or Limited Liability Partnerships must register and remain active with the New York State Department of State. Active status will be verified by DCA prior to license issuance. You can confirm the status of your business entity at NYS Web site. If applicable, you must also file an Assumed Name Certificate for your business.
Businesses incorporated out of state must obtain a Certificate of Doing Business in Good Standing from your home state’s Secretary of State and file this with an application for Authority to Conduct Business in New York with the New York State Secretary of State.
When You File Your DCA License Application: Below are requirements when filing your license application:
Basic 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.
Attention: Corporate Applicants. If you file your application in person, DCA can print a copy of your Certificate of Incorporation and/or Certificate of Authority to Conduct Business in New York from the New York State Department of State’s Web site.
Sales Tax Identification Number OR Certificate of Authority Application Confirmation Number The Sales Tax Identification Number is the 9, 10, or 11-digit number on your New York State Department of Taxation and Finance Certificate of Authority. You must enter this number on the Basic License Application form. If you have not received your Certificate of Authority, please enter the 6-digit confirmation number you received when you successfully submitted the application for a Certificate of Authority.
To obtain an application for a Certificate of Authority, visit the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance online at http://tax.ny.gov/ or call (518) 485-2889. Allow four to six weeks after applying to the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance to receive your Certificate of Authority.
Booting Company Business Information (download) Applicants must indicate which credit cards the business will accept, identify the location where required records are kept, and list the locations where the business will engage in the booting of vehicles.
Copy of your $5,000 Surety Bond (or Third Party Bond), properly signed. The copy of the bond must name the Department of Consumer Affairs as the Certificate Holder. Your corporate name, Doing-Business-As (DBA) name (if any), and premises address must be exactly the same on all documents. You must also submit a copy of the bond receipt showing that the bond has been paid in full and does not expire before the end of the licensing period.
Download a list of bonding companies (in PDF) The companies listed have provided bonds for licensees, or have communicated to the Department of Consumer Affairs an interest in doing so. The list must not be considered a recommendation of any company, or a complete listing. All applicants are advised to investigate and compare these and other bonding companies. Some companies may provide only certain types of bonds. Companies are listed in alphabetical order.
List of Fees If your business will boot vehicles on private streets, submit a list of fees you charge for services. The list must be on your business’ letterhead.
Three Current Color Passport-size Photographs of License Applicant Each individual named on the license application must submit three current color passport-size photographs of themselves.
Fingerprints and Processing Fee All sole proprietors, general partners, directors, corporate officers, and all shareholders owning 10% or more of company stock must be fingerprinted at the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Licensing Center. EXCEPTIONS: Any person who currently holds or has held within the past three years a DCA license that required fingerprinting does not need to be fingerprinted. Any person fingerprinted at the DCA Licensing Center within the past three years does not need to be fingerprinted. Each person who must be fingerprinted must visit the DCA Licensing Center, located at 42 Broadway, 5th Floor, in lower Manhattan, with photo identification (ID) and pay a $75 processing fee by check or money order, payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. Acceptable forms of ID include:
driver’s license or non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
license or permit issued by a government agency
alien card/green card
a City, State, or Federal employee ID card
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.
Child Support Certification Form (download) If your business is a SOLE PROPRIETORSHIP or GENERAL or LIMITED PARTNERSHIP, the proprietor or each individual general partner must submit a Child Support Certification Form.
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 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.
Booting Company License
License Expiration Date
If You File Your Application Between These Dates:
Your License Fee is:
December 31 Odd years
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
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
$85 OR *$425
*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.
APPLICATION FILING PROCESS:
Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
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 DCA Business Toolbox to read requirements and proceed to the online application.
IN-PERSON SUBMISSION: You can file applications in person at the DCA Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, 5th floor, 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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