How to Register and Update in New York

Central Casting New York at 5 Penn Plaza

In April 2018, Central Casting New York moved into our new building at 5 Penn Plaza. The office is easy to get to, just steps away from Penn Station and easily accessible from the 34th Street – Penn Station and 34th Street – Herald Square subway stops. On May 17, 2018, we're opening our doors to register new Background Actors in New York!

Due to security policies in our new building, you can only visit Central Casting when you have an appointment. Security will only allow those on the appointment list with photo identification up to our office on the 10th floor. This means you cannot bring friends or guests with you and only those intending to register or update will be allowed into the office.

How to register and update

It's easy to reserve your spot to register at Central Casting New York. As part of the new process, you can no longer line up on registration and update days to get in. Remember, any time you visit you will need to bring a photo ID that matches the name you entered on the reservation form.

Registration times

SAG-AFTRA: Monday 2:30pm and Wednesday 11:45am
Non-Union: Tuesday and Thursday 10:45am and 3:15pm
Minors: Wednesday 3:45pm

Update times

Monday and Wednesday 10:45am

Make an appointment

Ready to come in? Reserving your spot online doesn't mean you're instantly registered, it just means you've secured an appointment to register with Central Casting. Follow these easy steps and you'll be on your way to working as a Background Actor in New York.

  1. Visit our New York Reservation page
  2. Choose your relevant session: Non-Union new registration, SAG-AFTRA new registration, Minors registration, or Updates.
  3. Select the day and time you would like to reserve. We only schedule registration sessions a limited time in advance. If a session for a future date shows up as unavailable, check back closer to that date.
  4. Enter your full name and email address. Click schedule event.
  5. You'll receive a confirmation email shortly after scheduling your session with instructions and reminders on what to bring. Please arrive no earlier than twenty minutes before your scheduled registration time. You will not be allowed up to our office if you arrive more than ten minutes late.

What to bring

Any time you arrive for an appointment you must bring a photo ID that matches the name you reserved your spot under. This is so security can verify your identity before allowing you up to our office.

For registration, you must bring your required I-9 documentation. We cannot register you without these documents, even if you've arrived on time to your scheduled appointment.

Here are some resources to read through on required I-9 documentation:

If you are a member of SAG-AFTRA, please bring your current SAG-AFTRA card or the receipt issued to you by SAG-AFTRA.


Minors must present the same required I-9 documents as adults. Our Minors I-9 required documentation packet has more information about minors' identification requirements. We cannot register your minor without these documents, even if you've arrived on time to your scheduled appointment.

To be booked by Central Casting, minors must have a valid work permit on file. When you and your minor come in for registration, please bring their valid one year child performer work permit.

A parent or legal guardian must accompany the minor to registration. In addition to your child's I-9 documentation, you will also need to bring your photo ID to show security when you arrive for your session. Remember, the name on your ID must match the name you used to schedule the appointment.

Each child you wish to register must have their own appointment, but they can have the same parent or legal guardian accompany them. We can only accommodate children who intend to register and their parent or legal guardian. Guests or other family members without an appointment will not be admitted into our office.

What to do next

Now that you've reserved your spot to register with us, you're on your way to becoming a Background Actor in New York. Read through our Starter Guide to Background Work to learn more about what happens after registration and to prepare to book your first job.

Coming in to Update? Find out when you should come in to Update and what Casting Directors are looking for from your casting photos.

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