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Special Sign Hanger

How To Become A New York City Licensed Special Sign Hanger


In order to obtain a Special Sign Hanger license, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • Be at least eighteen (18) years old

  • Be able to read and write the English language

  • Have good moral character so as not to adversely impact your fitness to perform the duties and responsibilities of a Special Sign Hanger

  • Have at least three (3) years of practical experience in sign hanging within five (5) years prior to application under the direct and continuing supervision of a Department-licensed Sign Hanger

  • Have knowledge of and the ability to read plans and specifications relating to sign construction and erection, including supporting framework and other supports; knowledge of the problems and practices of sign construction and hanging; and be familiar with the equipment and tools used in sign hanging

    Note: Please see the full text of Title 28 of the New York City Administrative Code for all the qualifications requirements


You must complete a practical exam (LIC42), in order to become a Special Sign Hanger. To do this you must complete the practical exam application, check the box that indicates you are a Special Sign Hanger candidate and submit the application with the $350 fee, payable by money order only, to:

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


After submitting your exam application, you must next schedule your exams.

  • If your application is accepted, you will receive an email from the exam administrator in three (3) to four (4) weeks with instructions on how to schedule your exam. Exams are given at several different locations in the City

  • The written exam consists of multiple-choice questions that assess your knowledge of the NYC Administrative Code. You will not be allowed to use reference materials during the exam

  • If you pass the written exam, you will then be scheduled to take the practical exam

  • If you pass the practical exam, you will receive a letter notifying you of your exam score in approximately five (5) weeks


In order to become a Special Sign Hanger, you must also pass a background investigation by submitting the below documents, in person and by appointment only, to the Department at:

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

  • Typewritten LIC2 license application

  • Examination Score Report Form

  • Notarized Background Investigation Questionnaire

  • Experience Verification Forms from all supervisors for the years you are claiming as experience

    Note: Experience Verification Forms from company Human Resources will not be accepted

  • Social Security History of Earnings for the years you are claiming as experience

    Note: There is a fee charged by the Social Security Administration for this service. You must request the report to be run by “company name”. You may request the information by mail or in person (ordinarily you can receive this instantly in person).Visit ( for more information

  • Photo ID (driver license)

  • Original Social Security Card

  • Original birth certificate, current passport or Green Card

  • Proof of residence with a utility bill, lease or deed

    Note: Cell phone bills will not be accepted

  • Latest pay stub or W-2

  • Two (2) passport sized photographs

  • $500 background fee

  • $91.50 Money Order made payable to DCAS (Fingerprint fee)


Once you have passed the exams and background investigation, you need to apply for your Special Sign Hanger license.

  • If you pass both exams and the background investigation, you will be notified in writing by the Department’s Licensing Unit that you are eligible to apply for a Special Sign Hanger license

  • You have one (1) year from the date of that letter to begin submitting the required documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one (1) year of the date on the letter, you will be required to retake the exams

  • You must make an appointment to apply for a license by calling the Licensing Unit at (212) 393-2550. All documents submitted must be originals; copies will not be accepted. Candidates without appointments will not be seen

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