The window to submit renewal applications for Press Cards expiring on Jan. 15, 2023 is CLOSED. You may apply for a new Press Card at any time.
City Council enacted Local Law 46 of 2021, which transferred the responsibility for issuing press credentials ("Press Cards”), from the New York City Police Department (NYPD) to the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) which established the Press Credentials Office (PCO). The Press Credentials Office began accepting press credential applications on January 20, 2022.
To implement Local Law 46 of 2021, MOME issued rules (Title 43, Chapter 16 of the Rules of the City of New York) that set forth application procedures for press credentials, criteria for denial of an application for a press credential, and criteria for suspension or revocation of a press credential. MOME provided the public with the opportunity to comment on the rules, including at a public hearing on November 23, 2021.
The PCO is now the only city agency authorized to issue, deny, suspend or revoke a City of New York Press Card. The rules provide members of the press the opportunity to appear before an independent court, the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings (OATH) when they want to appeal an application denial. The PCO also cannot suspend or revoke a press card without a hearing and a decision from OATH. Please click here for a presentation about PCO’s City of New York Press Credential Process.
In alignment with Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment’s (MOME) mission to support and strengthen New York City’s creative economy and make it accessible to all, the Press Credentials Office (PCO) provides members of the press with a timely, transparent, and equitable Press Card application process. We’ve developed a fully digital, user-friendly application process and new policies, including the right to a hearing and appeal process. Our staff prides itself on being available to guide members of the press on how to obtain a City of New York Press Card in accordance with MOME’s rules.
MOME’s Press Credentials Office issues City of New York Press Cards to journalists and media outlets so they can pass NYPD/city official lines and attend official City-government sponsored events open to the press. A Press Card is not required to engage in newsgathering activity and to work as a journalist in New York City. A Press Card is required to:
Standard Press Card
Issued to individual members of the press who are independents (self-employed), freelancers as well as full-time employees of a newsgathering organization. A Standard Press Card has your picture, name, employment and expiration date. The Standard Press Card allows a member of the press to attend multiple events while the Press Card is valid. All Standard Press Cards are valid for two years and expire on January 15 of every odd year.
Reserve Press Card
Issued to a newsgathering organization for use by employees who are not eligible for a Standard Press Card. The Reserve Press Card allows a member of the press to attend multiple events while the Press Card is valid. Reserve Press Cards have the company name and expiration date and do not include a photo. All Reserve Press Cards are valid for two years and expire on January 15 of every odd year.
Single Event Press Card
Issued to individual members of the press who do not hold a Standard and/or do not have access to a Reserve Press Card through their employer. The Single Event Press Card allows a member of the press to attend only one specific ‘Covered Event’. The Single Event Press Card has your picture, name, employment, expiration date and the name of the ‘Covered Event’. Single Event Press Cards are valid for the duration of the single event or 24 hours, whichever is shorter. You are required to return a Single Event Press Card in-person to the PCO within three business days of the expiration date of the ‘Covered Event’. Expired Single Event Press Cards must be returned to the PCO before you can be eligible to cover another Single Event.
Please view the following video tutorials for more information on how to register and apply.
Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment
Press Credentials Office
1 Centre Street, Room 370, New York, NY
Monday - Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding holidays.
**The PCO does not accept walk-ins.
Samer Nasser is the Executive Director of the Press Credentials Office (PCO) at the Mayor's Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME). A native New Yorker and first-generation Arab American, Nasser has over two decades of experience working in broadcast journalism. Before MOME, Nasser served as National News Producer at ViacomCBS' most highly rated news programs, International News Editor at Al Jazeera America, and Business News Desk Manager at Fox Business Network. She holds a BA in Journalism and Education from New York University, and an MBA in Media Management and Marketing from Fordham University.