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Reinstating Expired Licenses

The Department reinstates licenses up to five years after expiration. After five years, you must complete the original requirements for the license – including fulfilling examination requirements and undergoing a background investigation.

Note: Electricians, General Contractors, Construction Superintendents and Concrete Safety Managers cannot apply for reinstatement.

To apply for reinstatement, submit the following documentation in person or by mail to:

Licensing Unit
NYC Department of Buildings
280 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10007

  • Letter requesting a license reinstatement

  • Current resume, including work experience during the expiration period

  • Notarized letter from a supervising licensee (if work was done under a licensee during the expiration period) stating the period of employment and describing the work performed.*

  • Notarized letter from your client(s) (if you were a consultant during the expiration period)stating the period of employment and describing the work performed.*

  • Social Security History of Earning (does not have to be certified) for the expiration period – NOT the Social Security Statement.

All requests for reinstatement are subject to Department approval.

*Letters from Human Resource departments are not accepted

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