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New Drivers

Beginning July 18, 2016 all applications for a TLC Driver License, Commuter Van driver license, or Paratransit driver license must be submitted online.  Paper applications will no longer be accepted.

The TLC is now offering FREE study guides for drivers that are available in four languages: English, Spanish, Bengali, and Urdu.

For additional information and to download a study guide, visit the Education Requirements page.

How to apply for a TLC license:
STEP 1: Submit your application and payment online at: https://www.nyc.gov/lars

  • You will need a current DMV driver license, valid email address and Social Security number to apply.
  • All application fees must be paid online. Do NOT mail application fees to the TLC. TLC will return any mailed in fees.
  • Application fees are non-refundable.

STEP 2: Submit your required documents to the TLC within 90 days of submitting your online application.

  • By e-mail to newdrivermr@tlc.nyc.gov.  This is the fastest way to submit your documents.
  • By fax: (646)-500-6923.  Please keep your fax confirmation page.
  • By mail to:

    NYC TLC Licensing and Standards Division
    Attention: New Driver Application Requirements
    31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor
    Long Island City, NY 11101

All required documents must be submitted by email, fax, or mail. TLC no longer permits in-person submission of application documents.

Please write your DMV driver license number on all documents submitted to the TLC.

TLC will notify you if additional documents are needed.

Your application will be denied if you fail to submit your documents within 90 days of submitting your online application.

STEP 3: Complete all requirements within 90 days of your online application.
To complete all requirements for a TLC license you will need to:

  • Take a drug test
  • Have your fingerprints and photo taken
  • Complete the education requirements. 
Details on how to complete these requirements are listed below and will be emailed to you after you submit your online application:

Driver License Requirements for Each License Type

TLC Driver License Requirements (Medallion, Street Hail Livery and For Hire Vehicle Applicants)

The following will be confirmed during the back ground review
Age:

You must be at least 19 years old.

Valid Social Security Number:

You must have a valid Social Security Number when you submit your application.

Points on DMV license

No more than 5 points on your DMV license within a 15 month period back from your most recent violation date.
For more information, please review the Fitness Rules Notice available here.


You will need to submit the following:

DOCUMENTATION

State-issued Chauffer-class Driver license:

A copy of your Chauffer license or its equivalent. (In New York State, this is a Class A, B, C or E. If outside of NYS, check with your state driver licensing agency.)

DMV Abstract for out of state license:

An original out of state driver record that is dated no more than 90 days from the date the application is filed online.

NYSDMV 6 hour Defensive Driving Course:

Temporary receipt or Official Certificate of course completion within three (3) years prior to filing an application online.

Medical Exam:

A license physician must complete theTLC medical form.

If you work for the NYPD:

A copy of the Letter of Approval from your Commanding Officer and an Off Duty Employment Form. The form must be signed and approved by your commanding officer and the Employee Management Division.

If you are Active Military or Reserves:

A copy of a certificate of current active military status and your military ID. Request records from the Department of Defense.

If you are a Veteran of the US Armed Forces:

A copy of discharge papers or a certificate of release (Form DD214) and your Veteran ID. Request records from the U.S. National Archives.

FEE

License fee:

Pay $252 online by e-check, credit card or debit card.
Note: All fees are non-refundable.

The City of New York offers multiple payment options. As a convenience to you, the City of New York accepts credit and debit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2.49% of the payment amount. This fee is nonrefundable. You will see this amount before you check out. The fee will be shown as s separate charge on your credit or debit card statement, and the New York City Department of Finance will be the merchant. If you pay by E-Check, you will not be charged a fee.


You must complete:

Drug Testing:

Take and pass a drug test after filing the online TLC application.  To schedule an appointment call LabCorp at 1(800)923-2624. The testing center will notify the TLC electronically. Results take approximately 3 days to be reported to TLC. Find locations of approved laboratories

Fingerprints and Photo: 

After filing the online TLC application, schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken.  Visit www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment and to obtain more information.

Note: When asked for the ORI number, write “TAXI” to find the locations serving TLC licensees. You will need your TLC license application number and your DMV license number to log in to the website to request an appointment.

Sex Trafficking Awareness Training:

Watch the training video. TLC does not require documentation.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training:

After filing an application, complete WAV training. The school will notify the TLC when you have completed the course.

Education Requirement:

Complete 24 hour course. The school will notify the TLC electronically when you have completed the course.

Pay Parking Tickets:

Pay all parking tickets.

Pay Traffic Tickets:

Pay all traffic tickets.

Pay TLC Tickets:

Pay all TLC tickets. Pay online by e-check, credit card or debit card,.

The City of New York offers multiple payment options. As a convenience to you, the City of New York accepts credit and debit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2.49% of the payment amount. This fee is nonrefundable. You will see this amount before you check out. The fee will be shown as a separate charge on your credit or debit card statement, and the New York City Department of Finance will be the merchant. If you pay by E-Check, you will not be charged a fee.


After your application has been completed:

We will review your background and will research the following:

Driving history focusing on:
Valid Current License Collisions
Suspensions and Revocations Unlicensed Operation
Points on License Defensive Driving Course
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Offenses
Active 19A status (for Stretch Limousine Only)
Legal history
Summons history/Outstanding Judgments from:
New York State DMV Outstanding Judgments from NYC Parking Violations(DOF)
Prior TLC History, including violations of TLC Rules and Outstanding Judgments Prior Criminal History

TLC Driver License Requirements (Paratransit / Commuter Van Applicants)

Qualifications – The following will be confirmed during the back ground review

Age: You must be at least 18 years old.
Valid Social Security Number: You must have a valid Social Security Number when you submit your application.
Active 19A Status To avoid delays you should check with your employer that he or she has provided proper documentation to the DMV to maintain your 19A status.

Points on DMV license

No more than 5 points on your DMV license within a 15 month period back from your most recent violation date. For more information, please review the Fitness Rules Notice available here


You will need to submit the following:

DOCUMENTATION
State-issued Chauffer-class Driver license: A copy of your Chauffer license or its equivalent. (In NYS, this is a Class A, B or C. If outside of NYS, check with your state driver licensing agency.)
DMV Abstract for out of state license: An original out of state driver record that is dated no more than 90 days from the date the TLC application is filed.
NYSDMV 6 hour Defensive Driving Course: Temporary receipt or Official Certificate of course completion within three (3) years prior to filing an application online.
If you work for the NYPD: A Letter of Approval from your Commanding Officer and an Off Duty Employment Form. The form must be signed and approved by your commanding officer and the Employee Management Division.
If you are Active Military or Reserves: Copies of a certificate of current active military status and your military ID. Request records from the Department of Defense.
If you are a Veteran of the US Armed Forces: Copies of discharge papers or certificate of release (Form DD214) and your Veteran ID. Request records from the U.S. National Archives..

FEE

License fee: Pay $252 online by e-check, credit card or debit card. Note: All fees are non-refundable.

The City of New York offers multiple payment options. As a convenience to you, the City of New York accepts credit and debit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2.49% of the payment amount. This fee is nonrefundable. You will see this amount before you check out. The fee will be shown as a separate charge on your credit or debit card statement, and the New York City Department of Finance will be the merchant. If you pay by E-Check, you will not be charged a fee.


You must complete:


Fingerprints and Photo: 
After filing the application, schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken.  Visit www.identogo.com to schedule an appointment and to obtain more information.

Note: You will need the ORI number "TAXI" and your TLC license application number to log in to the website to request an appointment.

Sex Trafficking Awareness Training: Watch the training video. TLC does not require documentation.
Pay parking tickets: Pay all Parking tickets.
Pay Traffic Tickets: Pay all traffic tickets.
Pay TLC Tickets:

Pay all TLC tickets. Pay online by e-check, credit card or debit card.

The city of New York offers multiple payment options. As a convenience to you, the City of New York accepts credit and debit cards. If you choose to pay with a credit or debit card, you will be charged a fee of 2.49% of the payment amount. This fee is nonrefundable. You will see this amount before you check out. The fee will be shown as a separate charge on your credit or debit card statement, and the New York City Department of Finance will be the merchant. If you pay by E-Check, you will not be charged a fee.


After your application has been completed:

We will review your background and will research the following:

Driving history focusing on:
Valid Current License Collisions or Accidents
Suspensions and Revocations Unlicensed Operation
Points on License Defensive Driving Course
Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol or Drugs Offenses  
Active 19A status
Legal history
Summons history/Outstanding Judgments from:
NYSDMV NYSDMV
Prior TLC History, including violations of TLC Rules and Outstanding Judgments Prior Criminal History

Additional Forms / Information

Study Guide and Education Resources for Drivers

Reapplying after revocation

Frequently Used Forms

Text Notification of Missing Requirements

If you have received a text message about a missing requirement please go here to find out what you need to complete the application process.