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Media Credentials in New York

New York Foreign Press Center

The Center is located at:
799 U.N Plaza, 10th Floor
(Enter on 45th St.)
New York, New York
Phone: 646-282-2830
Fax: 646-282-2847

Press Credentials
New York City has several kinds of credentials for foreign journalists.

The New York Foreign Press Center issues its own credential, which is valid for three years and renewable at the end of that period for members on continuing assignment.  The press badge is recognized by several organizations in New York and allows access to the facilities at the Center.  To receive one of these credentials, please follow these procedures by providing:
(1) An original, recently dated letter from the director of your news organization, written in English on the organization's letterhead, confirming your assignment.  *If you need a New York DMV letter for a driver's license, please see below.
(2) An original letter from the press attache of your consulate in New York, on consulate letterhead, confirming the company you work for is a news organization;
(3) Passport and "I" visa or residency "green" card;
(4) One recent piece/article which was produced/written in the U.S.

Renewal - If your credential has expired and you wish to renew it, you will need to submit all of the above requirements again.  However, you do not need a new consulate letter if you have not changed organizations.

Note: If at any time you change news organizations, please notify the New York Foreign Press Center immediately to obtain a new credential.

Please call to schedule an appointment before coming in to the Center.
New York Foreign Press Center Staff Listing

*The New York Department of Motor Vehicles requires all "I" Visa holders in New York City to obtain a letter from the NYFPC before issuing a New York State Driver's License or Photo Identification Card.  In order to receive this letter, you need to be registered and in good standing with the NYFPC and your letter from your news organization must contain your duration of assignment.  Duration of assignment must be a specified date (month/day/year).  If you need a letter for the Department of Motor Vehicles, it can be obtained during your registration appointment or in a separate appointment scheduled with your designated regional media officer.  Please note that appointments are required in order to register and/or obtain the DMS letter.   

The New York Police Department also issues press passes to journalists who frequently need to cross police lines.  The press instructions/application can be found at: .

United Nations credentials are needed for access to the U.N.  Instructions on U.S. IDs can be found at: