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FAQs - Driver Drug Test Requirements

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

TLC drivers who drive a Medallion Taxicab, Street Hail Livery and a  For-Hire vehicle must take and pass their drug test every year up to ninety (90) days before the interim (anniversary) date of their license in order to keep the license valid.(Does not apply to Paratransit or Commuter Van Drivers.)

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

All TLC drivers who drive a Medallion Taxicab, Street Hail livery and a For-Hire Vehicle must take the interim drug test. Paratransit and Commuter Van Drivers are not required to take the drug test.

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

Failure to take your interim (anniversary) drug test on time will result in the suspension of your license. You will remain on suspension until you comply with the drug test requirement. If a drug test has not been completed after 30 days from the anniversary date there will be a fine of $200 added to the suspension.

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

If you are a TLC Driver who drives a Medallion Taxicab, a Street Hail Livery or a For-Hire Vehicle, and you are in an interim (anniversary) year on your license, you must take and pass your drug test up to ninety (90) days before your license’s anniversary date. Failure to take and pass your interim drug test will result in license suspension and possible fines.

If you are a TLC driver who drives a Medallion Taxicab, a Street Hail Livery or a For-Hire Vehicle, and you are in your renewal year, you must take and pass your drug test within the ninety (90) days before the expiration date on your license. Failure to take and pass your renewal year drug test will result in the expiration of your license.

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

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

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.

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, please download the instructions on How to Contest a Failed Drug Test.

Do I need to pay the Drug Test Fine if I no longer wish to be a Medallion Taxicab or For-Hire Vehicle driver?

If you no longer want to drive an FHV, SHL or a Medallion Taxicab, you should surrender your license before your next drug test date. If you do not surrender your license before your interim (anniversary) drug test date you may be responsible for clearing the suspension and the fine.

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 ninety (90) days before your interim annual or expiration date to keep your license current and valid.

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 ninety (90) days before your anniversary date or the license will be suspended. Failure to take and pass 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. If a drug test has not been completed after 30 days from the anniversary date there will be a fine of $200 added to the suspension.

If you are in your renewal year, you must take and pass your drug test ninety (90)days before your expiration date. Failure to take and pass your renewal year drug test before your expiration date will result in the expiration of your license.

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: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101. You can obtain an off duty form approved by your Commanding Officer and Human Resource and TLC’s release form.

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, 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101 in order to have your record updated.

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 contact the compliance unit via email for additional information at: tlccompliance@tlc.nyc.gov.

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: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101, or you may contact our call center at: (718) 391-5501.  A letter issued by your doctor indicating you are unable to provide a urine sample due to medical reasons. Diagnosis is not required.

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

You must obtain a drug test authorization letter to take your drug test at our Licensing Facility located at: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101.

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 $26.00, when they appear for their drug test.

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

If you are in your interim annual year, or in your renewal year, please refer to the Drug Test Requirements and Drug Test Locations

 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.

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

Please visit our Licensing facility, located at: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101 to obtain information.

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

Once an applicant has completed and submitted 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 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.

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 ninety (90) days, the application will be denied. All application fees are non-refundable.