Multiple protein tyrosine kinases regulate neurite outgrowth in the developing nervous system. To begin to unravel the complexity of this regulation, we addressed the role of one specific kinase, pp60(c-src), in chick dorsal root ganglion (DRG) neurons grown on laminin-1, a well-characterized system to study neurite outgrowth. Pharmacological inhibition of all tyrosine kinases by genestein treatment of chick DRG neurons significantly increased neurite number and length by approximately 50%. Similar increases in these parameters occurred when src-family kinases were inhibited using PP2. To implicate pp60(c-src) directly in neurite outgrowth, we inactivated it in DRG neuronal growth cones using Chromophore-Assisted Laser Inactivation (CALI). CALI of pp60(c-src) resulted in an 85% inactivation of its kinase activity and a 63% reduction in phosphotyrosine immunofluorescence in neurons. Microscale CALI of pp60(c-src) in DRG growth cones caused a significant and acute two-fold increase in neurite extension rate during irradiation. These findings demonstrate that pp60(c-src) is a negative regulator of laminin-1-mediated neurite outgrowth in chick sensory neurons.