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FAQs - FHV Vehicle New And Transfers

What do I need to complete before submitting my vehicle application to the TLC?

For a complete list of requirements you will need before submitting an application, please refer to the Vehicle Application and Checklist (New and Transfer) and Vehicle Application Process.

What do I need to complete after submitting my vehicle application to the TLC? 

For a complete list of requirements you will need after submitting an application, please refer to the Vehicle Application and Checklist (New and Transfer) and Vehicle Application Process.

Can I file a new application online?

Yes. If you would like to apply for a New TLC Driver or Vehicle License, you can now submit your application online.

How do I license my vehicle with the TLC?

To license your vehicle with the TLC, your Base/Authority must schedule an appointment on our website at www.nyc.gov/tlcappointment for you to come in person with a completed vehicle application along with all of the required documents and fees.

Additional information is available on the Vehicle Application and Checklist (New and Transfer) and Vehicle Application Process.

Note: If the vehicle owner does not want to appear at the TLC in person, they may choose someone to come to the TLC for them by filling out the Vehicle Power of Attorney Form.

How do I license my vehicle with the TLC at the Staten Island facility?

All transactions at the Staten Island facility require an appointment. You must complete the requirements listed on the Vehicle Transaction Checklist to license your vehicle with the TLC at the Staten Island Facility. Your base must submit the request for an appointment. Please contact your base to request an appointment online.

Note: If the vehicle owner does not want to appear at the TLC in person, they may choose someone to come to the TLC for them by filling out the Vehicle Power of Attorney Form.

How do I schedule a DMV Inspection for my Vehicle?

The Base/Authority you are affiliated to must request an appointment via our website at: www.nyc.gov/tlcappointment.

What do I need to do to have my vehicle inspected at Staten Island?

To have your vehicle inspected at one our TLC approved Staten Island Inspection facilities, your base must submit an appointment request on our website for an inspection after your vehicle application has been processed.

Note:
Only vehicles affiliated to a Staten Island Base can request to have their vehicles inspected at Staten Island. 

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 register my vehicle for a TLC Vehicle permit (“Diamond” Decal)? 

You may register a vehicle from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania.  Out of state vehicles must already have taxi/livery plates and meet the insurance requirements set by NYC TLC.  For additional information, please refer to the Vehicle Insurance Requirements.

How can I terminate a vehicle or a Street Hail Livery (SHL) affiliation from my FHV Base?

You must notify the vehicle owner or SHL Permit holder of the termination.

There are two ways to do this:

  1. You can submit a *NEW* holder Termination of Affiliation Form that is signed by the base and vehicle owner or SHL permit.
  2. If you cannot get the vehicle owner or SHL permit holder to sign, you must give them notice in writing. A letter must be sent to the vehicle owner or SHL permit holder, using certified mail, to the address that matches the address that the TLC has on file. You will need to show proof you sent the letter when you request the termination of affiliation. Please see Sample Letter of Termination of Vehicle Affiliation for your convenience.

    You must submit the ‘Termination of Affiliation Form’ (and letter if applicable) to the TLC by fax to 718.391.5786 or by scanning and emailing the documents to: terminate@tlc.nyc.gov.

How can I terminate a vehicle affiliation from my Paratransit Base or Commuter Van Authority?

To remove a Paratransit or Commuter Van vehicle from your base records (un-affiliate), you must fill out the form provided to base/authority owners electronically via the Electronic Vehicle Termination of Affiliation Form on our website.

What do I need to know about vehicle insurance requirements?

There are minimum insurance levels your vehicle must possess based on the type of vehicle you own and the vehicle’s seating capacity. Please refer to Vehicle Insurance Requirements for further information.

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