Membership Process

Broker Dealers interested in obtaining NYSE Arca Options Membership must complete the application and agreements in order to trade on the NYSE Arca Options trading platform and become an Options Trading Permit (OTP) Holder.

Trading rights are granted through Options Trading Permits (OTPs). An OTP entitles you to trade options on the NYSE Arca Options facilities, including the electronic platform and the physical trading floor. The NYSE Arca platform is available to five types of market participants:

  • Lead Market Makers
  • Market Makers
  • Market Maker Authorized Traders
  • Agency Floor Brokers
  • Order Flow Providers

Every individual or organization applying for an OTP must complete an Exchange prescribed application and General Application Forms 1 and 2, as applicable. Other documents listed may be completed based on your organizational structure and intentions in trading on the facilities of the Exchange.

To expedite the process, you may submit your application and accompanying forms to Client Relationship Services by clicking the Contact Us button below and submitting the information via the email link provided.

For questions regarding the application, supporting documentation, or process, please feel free to contact Client Relationship Services using the “Contact Us” button below.

Application and all supporting documentation are preferred electronically and should be sent via email to Client Relationship Services at, or by using the “Contact Us” button below. Please ensure all attachments are clearly labeled.

Individual Investors

At this time, retail investors do not have direct access to NYSE Arca. If you are a retail investor, please contact your brokerage firm to inquire whether it routes orders to NYSE Arca. You can gain entry to NYSE Arca through a direct-access brokerage firm.

If you need additional assistance please contact Client Relationship Services at the email or phone number below.

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How to Join

General Application Forms

Broker-Dealers (Corporations, Limited Liability Companies, Partnerships, or Sole Proprietors) applying for an Options Trading Permit (OTP) at NYSE Arca.

To qualify for Short Form Options Trading Permit (OTP) Membership on NYSE Arca, the applicant must be an approved NYSE Arca Equities Trading Permit (ETP) Holder. Current ETP Holder applicants are eligible for expedited approval by completing this application.

This is an application to become a registered Lead Market Maker. Prior to submitting the application, an applicant Broker-Dealer must complete the Options Trading Permit (OTP) application.

This application is used for persons required to be Approved Persons with the Exchange for NYSE Arca DEA applicant firms, and for whom the required disclosure information is not available on Web CRD.

Market Makers are required to pass a new member exam. This Orientation Manual covers the topics tested on the new member exam.

Membership Types

Market Makers

A Market Maker is an OTP holder or firm registered with NYSE Arca to submit quotes electronically and make transactions as a dealer-specialist. Market Makers can operate from on or off the trading floor.

Lead Market Makers

Lead Market Makers (LMMs) are Market Makers with more stringent obligations. In some cases, they receive participation guarantees. LMMs operate on or off the trading floor and perform Floor Broker functions if they meet specific requirements. Any OTP holder or firm registered as a Market Maker may apply to become a LMM. They must maintain specified cash or liquid assets based on the number of issues traded.

Market Maker Authorized Traders

A Market Maker Authorized Trader (MMAT) is licensed to enter quotes and orders on NYSE Arca for the account of a registered Market Maker firm. An MMAT can be an individual OTP holder or officer, partner, employee, or a trader associated with the OTP firm. A passing score on the appropriate Market Maker exam is required.

Order Flow Providers

If your firm currently enters option orders on NYSE Arca, no additional OTPs or changes are necessary.

Current Equity Trading Permit (ETP) holders on the NYSE Arca equity platform who wish to enter option orders can do so in one of two ways:

a) Acquire an OTP, or
b) Become a Sponsored Participant

A Sponsored Participant enters into an agreement with an approved OTP Holder (Sponsoring OTP). A Sponsoring OTP Holder is a broker-dealer designated by a Sponsored Participant to execute, clear, and settle transactions on NYSE Arca on their behalf.

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