Auto Shop

A Motor Vehicle Repair Shop performs mechanical and/or body work on motor vehicles, diagnoses motor vehicle malfunctions, or operates a shop, drive-in station or garage that inspects motor vehicles to evaluate or estimate the cost of motor vehicle damage, or for determining the need for and cost of repairs.

NOTE: A NYS Inspection Station that does inspections for the general public MUST register as a NYS Motor Vehicle Repair Shop

Before you can open for business, you must prepare the following documents:

There are a few required documents that must be obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles. Some of the links will lead you to a PDF, which you can print and fill out, and some links will provide you with further information.

You must comply with FDNY requirements which require exams in order to obtain
a license or permit. Exams take place at 9 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn 
FDNY requirements include:

You must comply with FDNY requirements which require exams in order to obtain a license or permit. Exams take place at 9 MetroTech Center in Downtown Brooklyn. FDNY requirements include:

  • Permit for Motor Fuel Storage and Dispensing Systems Application 
  • Permit for the Use of O2 with flammable gases
  • Permit to use oxygen (o2) with natural gas
  • Spraying or Dipping Operations Permit
  • Repair Garage Permit (you must fax a request of the permit to the Fire Department District Office Headquarters)
  •  For each Certificate of Fitness that is required you will need to complete an Application and submit it when you take the exam along with a letter of recommendation from your employer and two forms of photo identification. The required Certificate of Fitness are:
  1. Certificate of Fitness for Supervising spray painting C-22
  2. Certificate of Fitness for Torch Use of Flammable Gases G-60
  3. Certificate of Fitness to Handle Motor Fuel