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FAQs - Driver - New Driver

What do I need to do to submit a new driver application?

To file a new driver application, you will need to do one of two things:

  1. Apply Online using Lars: https://www1.nyc.gov/lars/

    Or,
  2. Request an appointment to submit an application in person.

What is the difference between applying online and requesting an appointment to submit an application in person?

Applying Online using LARS:

When you submit your online application, we will send you an e-mail with a date and time of your appointment to submit your Part B and have your fingerprints and photo taken.  You will need to pay the fingerprint fee when you arrive as your application fee was already paid with the submission of your application.  You will need to bring your Part B form, supporting documents and your appointment confirmation e-mail and a money order, or credit card to pay the fingerprint fee.

Submit an application online.

Requesting an Appointment to submit a TLC Driver License application in person:

When you request an appointment to file a TLC Driver License application in person, we will send you an e-mail with the date and time of your appointment.  You will need to bring the appointment e-mail with you and you will need to bring all your required fees and documents at that time.

Request an appointment to submit an application in person

What do I need to do to get a TLC Driver’s License (Medallion Taxicab (Yellow & Green), For-Hire Vehicle, Paratransit, Commuter Van)? 

For a list of all TLC driver license requirements, fees and information on how you can apply and where you can apply, please download the New Driver Application and Checklist.

NOTE: If you are applying for a Medallion Taxicab (Yellow & Green Taxicab) or a For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) license you are required to complete a Medical Form in addition to all other requirements listed on the New Driver Checklist.

What do I need to know about the New Fitness Rules? How will this affect the application process?

The TLC made some changes to its license application process to make it easier and more efficient for applicants and the TLC. The new Rules include a one (1) year and three (3) year application ban depending on an applicant’s TLC and DMV history. Please refer to the New Fitness Rules for additional information.

How can I submit a driver application at the Staten Island office? 

The Staten Island Temporary office is not taking driver applications at this time. If you would like request an appointment to submit driver application at our Licensing office, please visit the New Driver Appointment site at: http://www.nyc.gov/tlcnewdriverappointment

How many TLC Driver license types are there?

There are four (4) TLC driver licenses: 1) Medallion (Yellow and Green) taxicab, 2) For Hire Vehicle, 3) Commuter Van and 4) Paratransit. Additional information is available on the New Driver Application and Checklist.

What do I need to do to get a Paratransit or Commuter Van License?

Paratransit and Commuter Van drivers are required to be 19-Active certified.A set of more detailed instructions is available New Driver Application and Checklist.

How much does it cost to get a Paratransit or Commuter Van License?

The New Driver Application and Checklist has information on fees and additional requirements. 

Will I need to attend Taxi School if I am applying for a Medallion Taxicab (Yellow & Green) Driver’s License?

Yes. All Medallion Taxicab driver applicants must attend either taxi school after filing an application with the TLC. After completing the taxi school course you must then pass the English proficiency test and the written test with a score of 70 or above. 

For additional information, please refer to the List of the TLC Approved Schools and Requirements.

What do I need to complete after filing my application to become a medallion Taxicab (Yellow & Green Taxicab) Driver?

The New Driver Application and Checklist has all requirements you will need after submitting an application.

If my application is not approved, do I get a refund? 

NO. All Fees are Non-Refundable. You do not get the money returned to you, regardless of whether your application is approved or not.

Do I need to live in New York State to apply for a TLC Driver’s License?

You can have any out of state driver’s license, however, you must submit a Certified Abstract (Driver History) from that state’s Department of Motor Vehicles, stating that you have an equivalent license to a Class E Chauffeur license. Your abstract must be stamped or sealed and cannot be older than thirty (30) days from the date you submit your application to the TLC.

Can I hold more than one TLC license at the same time? 

A driver may hold all four (4) class types at one time. But if a driver holds a for-hire vehicle license, he or she can only drive for-hire vehicle, not “yellow or green” taxicab.

A driver who wishes to drive both Paratransit or Commuter Vans and Medallion (yellow or green) taxicab or for-hire vehicle, must have two TLC driver licenses -- the Medallion Taxicab License, or the For-Hire Driver’s License, and the Paratransit or Commuter Van license. The Paratransit and Commuter Van licensed drivers need to be 19A Certified by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.

I decided I do not want to apply for my TLC license but I already paid the fees. How can I apply for a refund?

There are no refunds for any application fees.  All application fees are not refundable as it states on the bottom of the New Driver Application and Checklist.

How long will it take to receive my New TLC Driver’s License in the mail?

Once an applicant has submitted/completed all TLC requirements, the application will be thoroughly reviewed.  The applicant will either receive his/her license in the mail or a letter requesting additional information (which is necessary to continue the application process).

Applicants are encouraged fulfill all requirements as soon as the application has been submitted to the TLC for faster processing if he/she is applying for a Medallion (yellow or green) taxicab license.

Each application and its processing time will depend on the individual's fingerprint response report, any prior TLC license revocations (which may require a TLC fitness hearing), and/or outstanding requirements or clearances from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Parking Violations Bureau, and TLC.

Applications are valid for ninety (90) calendar days from the date it is submitted to TLC. If an applicant does not complete all the licensing requirements within the ninety (90) calendar days period, the application will be denied.  All application fees are non-refundable.

My TLC license was mailed but I have not received it. What do I do?

If you have not received your TLC license in the mail, you must obtain a replacement.

You will need to wait 10 days from the date your license was mailed out.
After 10 days, you will need to visit our LIC facility located at: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City NY 11101 to submit a completed and signed Affirmation Form  and all required documents listed on the Instruction sheet.

If during the 10 day period the license you are currently using expires or is due to expire, you can visit our LIC facility to receive an extension sticker to allow you to continue to work until your newly approved license is received in the mail or until you submit the Affirmation Form after the 10 day period.  An extension sticker is only given if your license has already been approved, updated and mailed out.

What do I need to know about the interim (anniversary) Drug Test and Renewing Drug Test?

Interim (anniversary) - you must take the required drug test within ninety (90) days before the anniversary of the date your license was issued.

Renewing Licensing - you must take the required drug test within ninety (90) days before the expiration date on your license.

Additional information is available on the Drug Test and Requirements Information Sheet.

These FAQs are for informational purposes only and is not a full statement of your rights, duties and obligations under TLC Rules and applicable law. In the event that any of the information contained in these FAQs is not current or otherwise incorrect, TLC Rules and applicable law govern. For the complete TLC Rules, please visit our Web site at www.nyc.gov/tlc.  

Inquiries may also be directed to our Call Center at: 718-391-5501