How to Become a New York City Licensed
New York City Department of Buildings WELDER
STEP ONE: You must meet the minimum qualifications to become a licensed Welder.
You must be:
• At least 18 years old
• Able to read, write, and understand the English language
• Good moral character, so as to not adversely impact upon fitness to perform the duties and
responsibilities of this license.
STEP TWO: You must apply to take the Welder Exam, administered by the NYC Department of Citywide Administrative
The exam application and exam dates can be found on the DCAS website at www.nyc.gov/dcas, or you can pick one up
at the following Manhattan location: 2 Lafayette Street, 17th floor, New York, NY
Submit the application, along with exam fee of $210 payable by money order only, to:
Division of Citywide Personnel Services -- Application Section
One Centre Street, 14th Floor
New York, New York 10007
TEL: (212) 669-1357
STEP THREE: You must take the Welder Exam.
If you pass the welder practical exam, you will receive a letter notifying you of your exam score in approximately 5
STEP FOUR: Apply for your Welder License.
If you pass the exam, the Department of Buildings Licensing Unit will notify you in writing that you are eligible to
apply for a Welder License. You have one year from the date of the letter to begin submitting the required
documents for your license. If you do not complete the process within one year of the date of the first document
submission, you will be required to retake the examination. The notice will include an application form,
instructions, and a list of additional documents required by the Licensing Unit. The License application (LIC2) and
instructions can also be found on the Buildings website at www.nyc.gov/buildings. Be sure to look in the Licenses
and Renewals section. Candidates can make an appointment to apply for the Welder license by calling (212) 566-
4100 between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Questions? Call the Licensing Unit Hotline (212) 566-4100 Revised (07/08) Page 1 of 1