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FAQs - Driver - Drug Test Requirements

• When do I need to take my Interim Annual (anniversary) drug test?
• Who is required to take the Interim (anniversary) drug test?
• What will happen to my license if I do not take my Interim (anniversary) drug test?
• What is the difference between the Interim (anniversary) drug test and the Renewal year drug test?
• What happens if I fail my Interim (anniversary) drug test?
• What happens if I fail my renewal year drug test?
• Can I challenge a failed drug test?
•Do I need to pay the Drug Test Fine if I no longer wish to be a TLC For- Hire Vehicle or Yellow Taxicab driver?
• Do I have to take the drug test if I did not receive my reminder letter?
• Do I have to take a drug test if I do not drive?
• I received a drug test suspension letter but I no longer wish to maintain my TLC license. What do I need to do?
• I will not be able to take my drug test because I will be out of town. What do I need to do?
• I am a police officer and received a drug test suspension letter. What do I need to do?
• What happens when a TLC licensee is deceased? Can a relative or friend return the license(s) to TLC?
• My TLC license is suspended because the TLC does not have a record of my most recent drug test. What do I need to do?
• I received a letter stating I took my drug test too early. What do I need to do?
• I need to take a drug test but I am unable to provide a urine sample due to medical reasons. What do I need to do?
• My TLC license has a suspension placed by the Legal Department. Do I have to take my drug test?
• What documents do I have to bring with me to take my drug test?
• How do I schedule my drug test and where do I go?
• How long does it take for TLC to obtain the Drug Test results?
• My Labcorp chain of custody has someone else’s information. What should I do?
• I am a new applicant and I took my drug test, when will I receive my TLC license?



 When do I need to take my Interim Annual (anniversary) drug test?

All Yellow Taxicab and For–Hire Vehicle Drivers must take and pass their drug test thirty (30) days before the interim (anniversary) date of their license in order to keep the license valid.

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• Who is required to take the Interim (anniversary) drug test?

All Yellow Taxicab and For–Hire Vehicle Drivers. Paratransit and Commuter Van Drivers do NOT have to take a drug test as they are tested under the 19A Program Requirements on an annual basis.

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• What will happen to my license if I do not take my Interim (anniversary) drug test?

Failure to take your interim (anniversary) drug test will result in the suspension of your license. You will remain on suspension until you comply with the drug test requirement. The suspension carries a $200 fine as well as the suspension.

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• What is the difference between the Interim (anniversary) drug test and the Renewal year drug test?

If you are a yellow taxicab or For-Hire Vehicle driver, and you are in your interim (anniversary) year, you must take and pass your drug test thirty (30) days before your license is one (1) year old.
If you are a yellow taxicab or For-Hire Vehicle driver ONLY, and you are in your renewal year, you must take and pass your drug test within the thirty (30) days before the expiration date on your license.

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• What happens if I fail my Interim (anniversary) drug test?

If you fail your interim (anniversary) drug test, the TLC Legal Department will notify you by mail that you failed your drug test. You will then need to go to a hearing where you may be required to surrender your TLC driver license.

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• What happens if I fail my renewal year drug test?

If you fail your drug test during your renewal year, the TLC will notify you by mail that you have failed your drug test and your license will be suspended. The letter will also give you instructions on how to contest the drug test results if you wish to do so. You will not be able to renew your license unless you successfully contest the failed drug test result.

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• Can I challenge a failed drug test?

Yes. If you were taking medication that you believe could have caused the positive result, you can send a clear copy of your prescription(s) from your pharmacy or physician to Doctors Review Service. For additional information on how to challenge your drug test results. Please click here.

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•Do I need to pay the Drug Test Fine if I no longer wish to be a TLC For- Hire Vehicle or Yellow Taxicab driver?
 
If you will not be taking your interim (anniversary) drug test and you no longer want to drive a FHV or Yellow taxi you must surrender your license before your Renewing drug test date. If you do not surrender your license before your interim (anniversary) drug test date, you will be responsible for clearing the suspension and the fine.
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• Do I have to take the drug test if I did not receive my reminder letter?

Yes, the TLC is NOT required to send out reminder letters. You are responsible for your license and for maintaining all your requirements current and up to date. You should be aware that the courtesy letter that the TLC sends today will be discontinued sometime in the next few months

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• Do I have to take a drug test if I do not drive?

Yes, regardless if you drive or not, you must take and pass the drug test thirty (30) days before your interim annual or expiration date to keep your license current and valid.

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• I received a drug test suspension letter but I no longer wish to maintain my TLC license. What do I need to do?

If you no longer wish to keep your TLC license(s), you must surrender it to the TLC along with a letter stating you no longer wish to maintain my TLC license to:
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
32-02 Queens Blvd, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Attention: Credentials

Note: If you surrender you license thirty (30) days after your anniversary date, you will have to pay the $200 fine.

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• I will not be able to take my drug test because I will be out of town. What do I need to do?

If you are in your interim (anniversary) year, you must take and pass your drug test thirty (30) days before your anniversary date or the license will be suspended. Failure to take your drug test by your interim (anniversary) date will result in the suspension of your license. You will remain on suspension until you comply with the requirement. The suspension also carries a $200 fine.

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• I am a police officer and received a drug test suspension letter. What do I need to do?

If you are currently a police officer, you need to bring your drug test waiver form to our Licensing facility, located at: 32-02 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101, 2nd floor. You can obtain this form from your Commanding Officer.

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• What happens when a TLC licensee is deceased? Can a relative or friend return the license(s) to TLC?

Yes, You can send the license(s), copy of the death certificate and letter stating the licensee is deceased to:
NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission
32-02 Queens Blvd, 2nd Floor
Long Island City, NY 11101
Attention: Credentials

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• My TLC license is suspended because the TLC does not have a record of my most recent drug test. What do I need to do?

If you recently took a drug test you must bring the Labcorp’s chain of custody form with you to the Licensing facility, located at: 32-02 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101, 2nd floor in order to have your record updated.

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• I received a letter stating I took my drug test too early. What do I need to do?

You must follow the instructions as stated on the letter or call the TLC call center (718) 391-5501 for more information.

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• I need to take a drug test but I am unable to provide a urine sample due to medical reasons. What do I need to do?

To obtain information you may visit our Licensing facility, located at: 32-02 Long Island City NY, 11101, 2nd floor, or you may contact our call center at: (718) 391-5501.

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• My TLC license has a suspension placed by the Legal Department. Do I have to take my drug test?

You will need to visit our Licensing facility, located at: 32-02 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101, 2nd floor. You will receive a drug test authorization letter in order to take your drug test the same day. You must take the drug test authorization letter with you when you take your drug test.

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• What documents do I have to bring with me to take my drug test?

All new applicants must bring the TLC application payment receipt and their DMV license.
All current licensees must bring their TLC License and their DMV license with them.
ALL applicants or licensees must be ready to pay the required drug test fee, currently $26.50, when they appear for their drug test.

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• How do I schedule my drug test and where do I go?

If you are in your interim annual year, please click here.
If you are in you renewal year, please click here.

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• How long does it take for TLC to obtain the Drug Test results?

It takes three (3) business days for TLC to obtain the drug test results from LabCorp.

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• My Labcorp chain of custody has someone else’s information. What should I do?

Please visit our Licensing facility, located at: 32-02 Queens Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101, 2nd floor to obtain information.

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• I am a new applicant and I took my drug test, when will I receive my TLC license?

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 to take their drug test as soon as the application has been submitted to the TLC.

Each application and its processing time will depend on the individual's fingerprint response report, any prior TLC license revocations, 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) days, the application will be denied. All application fees are non-refundable.

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