The Department of Finance (DOF) provides tax clearance certificates to street vendors who are current with their business tax payments.

You will not need to apply for this certificate if your license or permit renewal application states the following: "You have already been cleared by the New York City Department of Finance." If your renewal application doesn't have that statement, you should apply for a vendor tax clearance certificate.

You can get more information and download an application for this certificate online.

Online

Learn more about tax clearance certificates.

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

The City has automated the vendor tax clearance process for food licenses and permits. If you hold a City food license or permit, your renewal fee will include a $10 tax clearance fee. Your renewal application will tell you whether or not you have received tax clearance.

If your license or permit renewal application states that you have not been cleared by DOF, you must apply for a Vendor Tax Clearance Certificate.

DOF certifies that certain types of street vendors are current with their New York City business taxes when they apply for licenses. This is called a tax clearance. 

If you are a street vendor and need a tax clearance certificate, you must request one by filling out an Application for Vendor Tax Clearance Certificate.

You can submit the completed application by mail or in person.

By Mail

59 Maiden Lane 28th floor
New York, N.Y. 10038

In Person

Manhattan DOF Business Center
66 John Street, 2nd floor at Window 11

By Phone

Call 311 for assistance.

You must be cleared of tax debt owed to the City before you can get a Department of Consumer Affairs license to open a sidewalk cafe.

You can contact DOF to learn how to get a tax clearance.

Call 311 for assistance.

DOF certifies that taxi and limousine companies are current with their New York City business taxes when they apply for licenses or renewals. This is called a tax clearance.

If you own a taxi or limousine company and the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) informs you that they need a clearance letter, you can request it by contacting DOF.

Call 311 for assistance.