The Press Credentials Office (PCO) with the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment (MOME) will issue the necessary press credentials to eligible members of the press seeking to cover the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square.

MOME PCO-issued press credentials will be required for the upcoming 2024 Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration scheduled for Dec. 31, 2023. ‘Media Street Access’ passes previously issued by Times Square Alliance will no longer be accepted by New York City officials at the New Year’s Eve celebration at Times Square.

A MOME PCO-issued Standard Press Card with a photo is sufficient to gain access to the event. If you have a valid Standard Press Card, you do not need to take any further action. Please note, City of New York Reserve Press Cards will not be accepted at this event.

Members of the press with a valid MOME PCO-issued Standard Press Card can use this credential to gain access to the emergency access lanes on New Year's Eve, subject to NYPD approval. Interviews may be conducted at the rear or the sidewalk side of each viewing area but not in the emergency access lanes. Interviews/filming may be suspended at any time by the NYPD due to safety concerns.

Members of the press without a MOME PCO-issued Standard Press Card can apply for a MOME PCO-issued Single Event Press Card that would allow them to access the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball Drop event only. This process is different from years past, so please read carefully and refer to the MOME PCO Single Event Press Card rules and application process linked below.

How to Obtain a Single Event Press Card: Two-Step Application Process

The application requires two steps. You must apply separately for a Single Event Pre-Registration and for the event you seek to cover. The Pre-Registration application must be approved before you can apply for a Single Event Press Card. To be eligible to receive a Single Event Press Card, a member of the press must:

  1. Complete a pre-registration process by submitting a pre-registration application and 6 or more articles, commentaries, books, photographs, videos, films, or audios published, broadcast, or cablecast within the 24 months immediately preceding the Single Event Press Card pre-registration application, sufficient to show that the applicant covered, in person, 6 or more events occurring on separate days.
  2. Submit a completed Single Event Press Card application by providing the description (New Year’s Eve Times Square 2024), the date (12/31/2023), and the location of the Single Event (Times Square).


  • Pre-registration can take up to 30 days to process. As such, we recommend that you begin the pre-registration process as soon as possible.    
  • Members of the press must apply for a Single Event Press Card (pre-registration and press card) for Times Square New Year’s Eve by Dec 21, 2023.
  • The Single Event Press Card will only be valid for the duration of the event, expiring at midnight Dec 31, 2023.
  • All Single Event Press Cards must be returned in person to the PCO within 3 business days of the expiration date on the Single Event Press Card — in this case, by end of day on January 4.
  • All City of New York Press Card holders are expected to follow MOME PCO guidelines. See all Press Card guidelines.
  • If your pre-registration and Single Event Card applications are accepted, MOME PCO will provide instructions regarding the timeline and pick up of your Single Event Press Card.  

Please submit Single Event Press Card applications by Thursday, Dec. 21, 2023 to ensure your application is processed. PCO accepts applications through its online portal.

We recommend that you visit the PCO webpage for complete information on how to obtain a City of New York Press Card.

Please email the PCO at with any questions you may have.

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