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Vehicle Owners

Welcome to the Vehicle Owner Licensing section.

 Here, visitors will find information related to:

  • Applying for a New Vehicle license
  • Renewing a Vehicle License
  • Transferring Base, Vehicle or Plates on a current Vehicle license
  • Affiliating to a Street Hail Livery
  • Online transactions that we offer

 Please select from the following items

How to Apply

You can submit your new vehicle application ONLINE. Click here for a How to Video on applying online

You will be able to upload all documents during the application process. You will no longer be able to submit documents in person.

Click here for a flyer with easy to read instructions in a variety of languages. Also available individually in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese, Russian, Spanish and Urdu.

If you need to affiliate a vehicle to an SHL permit, please click on “Affiliate a Vehicle to an SHL Permit” below.

Step 1:
Gather all of the below requirements:

 

  • The name and license number of the Base that you will affiliate your vehicle
  • The Vehicle information (VIN, Insurance)
  • Applicant information (Name, Address that is not a PO Box)
  • A working Email address for TLC to send plate letter, appointment & request information
  • A valid Social Security number or Earned Income Number (EIN)
  • Pay any outstanding monies owed to TLC, Parking Violations or have DMV tickets.  Your application will not be completed if you have outstanding fines
  • A Checking Account, Debit Card or Credit Card.  If you pay by E-Check, you will not be charged a fee. The City of New York also accepts credit and debit cards and you will be charged a fee of 2.49% of the payment amount. This fee is nonrefundable.

Step 2: Base Affirmation Form.
Your Base must submit a Base Affirmation Form for your vehicle.
Once the form is submitted online, you and your base will receive an email confirming the submission. If you have not received the email confirmation you will not be able to submit the application and must contact your Base. 

Step 3: Submit your Application, Payment and Documents Online
When you submit your application online you will need to have the required documents listed in Step 1, to upload them at the time you make your payment.

Step 4: Submit additional Documents (if necessary)
You may submit your documents by attaching them at the time you submit your application. If you cannot attach all of your documents at that time, you may submit additional documents by uploading them within 45 days of making your payment.

NOTE: If you have existing for-hire plates from outside of the NYC area, please skip down to step 7

Step 5: DMV Plate Letter will be Emailed.
Once TLC reviews and processes your application a DMV plate letter will be sent to the e-mail address you filed with your online application.

Step 6: Get your DMV “TC” Plates.
Take your plate letter/email to a NYS DMV office to receive your “TC” For-Hire plates and registration.

Step 7: Submit Plate Notification
Once you receive your DMV plates, click here to submit your Plate Notification to TLC. After you have notified TLC of your new plate information, TLC will email you a vehicle inspection appointment.

Step 8: Get your Vehicle Inspected by TLC.
The final step is for your vehicle to pass inspection. Once you pass inspection your vehicle license will be activated within 48 hours.

NOTE: New Vehicle License Applications are valid for forty-five (45) days. If you do not complete all requirements within forty-five (45) days from the date you submit your application to the TLC, your application will be denied.

For-Hire Vehicle Application Requirements

New application Fee

Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($550) for a two (2) year license.

Inspection Fee

Seventy-Five Dollars ($75) if vehicle has 500 miles or more.
Note: SHL affiliated vehicles are not required to pay an inspection fee.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Tax (CMVT)

Eight Hundred Dollars ($800) CMVT Tax for vehicles registered outside of New York City

Zero Outstanding Judgments

No money owed for TLC, parking, or DMV tickets.

The City of New York offers multiple payment options. (1) by E-Check. You will not be charged a convenience fee or (2) Credit and debit cards. You will be charged a convenience 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.

Insurance Certificate

Current For-Hire Insurance Certificate (FH-1) in the applicant’s name.
Excess Insurance Policy – if applicable 

Insurance Declaration Page

Current Insurance Declaration Page directly from your insurance company showing levels of insurance coverage. Insurance policy must be current.

Proof of Vehicle Ownership

One of the following in the applicant’s name:
Current DMV registration, Bill of Sale, or Leasing Agreement, Certificate of Origin or Certificate of Title (Front and Back).
Note: Vehicles licensed outside of NYC must provide DMV registration showing seating capacity.

Applicant Identification:

Government Issued photo I.D. of applicant. State issued driver’s license preferred.

Social Security (SSN)/Earned Income Number (EIN)

Individuals- Social Security Number (SSN) or Earned Income Number (EIN)
Companies- :

  • IRS issued CP‐575 Notice OR a 147‐C letter (provided as a replacement or EIN verification letter to business
  • Valid social security number AND a government issued photo I.D. for each elected officer.

To verify Business Entities

Filing Receipt & Corporate Resolution (minutes) electing officers, Business or Partnership Certificate, (whichever is appropriate); and Lease Agreement, (if applicable).

 

Partnerships-

  • Certificate of Partnership

Corporations

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Corporate Minutes listing the names and shares of officers or members
  • An IRS issued CP-575 Notice OR a 147 – C letter

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)-

  • Articles of Organization
  • Operation Agreement
  • List of Members

We cannot accept an election of officers’ form for an LLC.

Note: Each of the above are also required to submit photo identification and social security numbers of each of its stock holders or members or managing members, whichever is applicable. They also need to submit the IRS issued CP-575 Notice or 147-C letter for the business.

Stretch Limousines

All of the above requirements AND:

NYS DOT carrier authority or exemption letter.
Can only be operated by drivers that have an ACTIVE 19A Status.
Must be stretched by a manufacturer-certified stretch limo builder. A copy of the Coach Builder’s letter must be submitted.
A current N.Y.S. Department of Transportation Inspection form (MC300) showing that the vehicle has been inspected. The front and back page (defect report) of the document is required. Form cannot be more than one year old.

Insurance Requirements

To view the Insurance Requirements for the vehicle type you are licensing go here.

New Paratransit / Commuter Van Application Requirements

New application Fee

Five Hundred and Fifty Dollars ($550) for a two (2) year license.

Commercial Motor Vehicle Tax (CMVT)

Eight Hundred Dollars ($800). CMVT Tax for vehicles registered outside of New York City

Zero Outstanding Judgments

No money owed for TLC, parking, or DMV tickets.

The City of New York offers multiple payment options. (1) by E-Check. You will not be charged a convenience fee or (2) Credit and debit cards. You will be charged a convenience 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.

Insurance Certificate

Current For-Hire Insurance Certificate (FH-1) in the applicant’s name.

Insurance Declaration Page

Current Insurance Declaration Page directly from your insurance company showing levels of insurance coverage. Insurance policy must be current.

Proof of Vehicle Ownership

One of the following in the applicant’s name:
Current DMV registration, Bill of Sale, or Leasing Agreement, Certificate of Origin or Certificate of Title (Front and Back).
Note Vehicles licensed outside of NYC must provide DMV registration showing seating capacity.

Applicant Identification:

Government Issued photo I.D. of applicant. State issued driver’s license preferred.

Social Security (SSN)/Earned Income Number(EIN)

Individuals- Social Security Number (SSN) or Earned Income Number (EIN)
Companies-

  • IRS issued CP‐575 Notice OR a 147‐C letter (provided as a replacement or EIN verification letter to business
  • Valid social security number AND a government issued photo I.D. for each elected officer.

To verify Business Entities

Filing Receipt & Corporate Resolute (minutes) electing officers, Business or Partnership Certificate, (whichever is appropriate); and Lease Agreement, (if applicable).

Partnerships-

  • Certificate of Partnership

Corporations-

  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Corporate Minutes listing the names and shares of officers or members
  • An IRS issued CP-575 Notice OR a 147 – C letter

Limited Liability Companies (LLCs-

  • Articles of Organization
  • Operation Agreement
  • List of Members

We cannot accept an election of officers’ form for an LLC.

Note: Each of the above are also required to submit photo identification and social security numbers of each of its stockholders or members or managing members, whichever is applicable. They also need to submit the IRS issued CP-575 Notice or 147-C letter for the business.

NYS DOT Carrier Authority

All of the above requirements AND:

NYS DOT carrier authority or exemption letter.
Can only be operated by drivers that have an ACTIVE 19A Status.

N.Y.S. Department of Transportation Inspection form (MC300) showing that the vehicle has been inspected. The front and back page (defect report) of the document is required. Form cannot be more than one year old.

Insurance Requirements

To view the Insurance Requirements for the vehicle type you are licensing go here.

Plate Notification for New Vehicle license applicant

Vehicle applicants must notify the TLC that they have obtained their TLC plates. You must use the Plate Notification Form, available here.
Once TLC receives your TLC plate number, you and the Base will receive via email an inspection appointment.

Your base may also submit the Plate Notification on your behalf.

Renew your License

You must pay the renewal fee online. Go here to make payment

For additional information regarding your vehicle renewal please go here

How to submit Vehicle Transfers (Base, Plate or Vehicle)

For information and applications regarding Transfers please go here

How to affiliate a vehicle to an SHL permit

For information and applications regarding Affiliations please go here 

Plead guilty or pay a Summons online

Through the NYC Taxi & Limousine Commission's License Applications, Renewals & Summonses (LARS) system you can: plead guilty and pay summons(es) online.

Additional Information

Vehicle Insurance Requirements 

Vehicle Corporation Requirements 

Cancel your TLC Permit

Check TLC & DMV License Status 

Check Penalty Points & Open Summonses 

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