Employment Agency License

New Application Fees: Fees Vary HOW TO APPLY
Application Reviewed Within: 2 Weeks AFTER YOU APPLY
Renewal Fees: $500 or $700 OPERATING & RENEWING
Renewal Cycle: 2 Years OPERATING & RENEWING


Consumer Affairs, Department of City
An Employment Agency License is required for any business that, for a fee, will procure or attempt to procure employment or engagements for individuals, or will assist employers in procuring employees. The New York City Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP) issues this license.

The following types of business do not require an Employment Agency license:
  • Temporary Employment Agencies: Agencies that contract out their employees to do work at other firms. However, workers are paid and receive a W-2 form from the temporary employment agency at the end of the year.
  • Theatrical Personal Managers: Businesses that primarily manage artists. Note that if the primary business is finding employment or engagements for artists for a fee, then the business is a “theatrical employment agency” and an employment agency license is required.
  • Certain Executive Search Firm and Employer Fee-Paid Agencies: Agencies that place applicants in commercial, clerical, executive, administrative, or professional positions without charging the applicant a fee of any kind. Businesses that fit this category do not need a license, but must comply with all sections of the Employment Agency Law relating to Employer Fee Paid Agencies.
If you have a question about how the law applies to your specific business, please submit a request for legal interpretation by contacting DCWP.
Next: Apply

NYC Department of Consumer and Worker Protection (DCWP)
Licensing Center
42 Broadway, Lobby
New York, NY 10004
For further assistance, please call 311 and ask for: Employment Agency License
Website: http://www.nyc.gov/consumers

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