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

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • We have compiled a Resource Guide detailing programs to assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out application and all other client services will be done remotely via telephone. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.  Be careful, help those who are vulnerable and wash your hands.


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