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Licensing Requirements Checklist

TLC cannot give you a license until you have submitted all items and they have been reviewed and approved. The text message(s) and emails we send you will list which item(s) you are missing. The table below tells you how to complete each missing requirement.

If you are missing requirements you can upload them using our new upload portal, TLC UP. If you need more information on the remaining steps, please go here and follow the instructions shown. Information on how to use TLC UP can be found here.





If you still need help please Email TLC at LicensingInquiries@tlc.nyc.gov.

Thank you for your interest in becoming a TLC-licensed driver!




EDUCATION

Issue with ApplicationHow to Complete Your Application
Defensive Driving Course (DDC) You must have completed a New York State DMV-certified Defensive Driving Course no more than three (3) years prior to the date you filed your application or within 90 days of submitting your online application
TLC Driver Education

If you applied for a new TLC Driver License you must attend a 24 hour TLC course at an authorized school. Contact a school to sign up for a course. You must complete the course and pass the required exam within 90 days of the day you file your application.

Life Experience Exemption: Any applicant for a driver license will not be required to take the Authorized Driver Education Training provided they:

  • Held a Taxicab Driver License , For-Hire Driver license or TLC Driver License
  • None of these driver licenses were revoked or expired while revocation charges were pending or surrendered while license revocation charges were pending.
  • If applying less than 2 years from the expiration date of prior license, the applicant held a previous license for a total of at least 10 years
  • If applying more than 2 years but less than 5 years after the expiration date of a prior license, the applicant held a previous license for a total of at least 15 years.
  • Applicant meets other requirements for obtaining new TLC Driver license.

Applicant has no outstanding fines on prior held licenses.



Pass Final Exam You must pass the final exam within 90 days of the date you filed your application with TLC.   
Contact a school to schedule an exam. 
TLC also provides sample exams for review.

Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Training You must take the WAV Training Course. 
Contact a school to sign up for training.




TLC FORMS

Issue with ApplicationHow to Complete Your Application
Incomplete Medical Form You must upload a completed TLC medical form. The form must be completed by a licensed physician. 
Expired Medical Form Your TLC medical form cannot be dated more than 90 days before the date you filed your TLC application. You must upload a new medical form.
Unpaid TLC Summonses

You must pay all of your unpaid TLC summonses.
You may be able to pay your summonses online.

All other TLC summonses can be paid either in person at the Long Island City address above (3rd Floor) or by mail with copies of the summons letter. If your summonses were recently paid, upload a copy of your receipt.





DMV ISSUES

Issue with ApplicationHow to Complete Your Application
DMV License You must upload a copy of your DMV license
DMV Chauffer’s License Your DMV license is not the correct class for TLC. You must provide a valid DMV chauffeur’s license or its equivalent. Once your class is updated, you must upload a copy of your new DMV license.

Unpaid Traffic and Parking Tickets You must pay all of your unpaid DMV traffic tickets. 
Check with the DMV for more information on paying traffic tickets. 

Pay parking tickets. 

If your tickets were recently paid, upload a copy of the clearance letter from the DMV or copy of your receipt.

Suspended DMV License

Your DMV license is suspended. Check with the DMV about how to clear your suspension.

Once you have cleared the suspension, you must upload a copy of your license and clearance letter from the DMV.

Out of State DMV Driver Record You must upload a copy of your out of state driver record. Contact your state’s DMV to obtain your record. The record cannot be older than 90 days.







MISCELLANEOUS

Issue with ApplicationHow to Complete Your Application
Drug Test You must take and pass a drug test at an approved test site.

Inactive 19A Status Your 19A status is inactive. You must contact your paratransit or commuter van employer so they can contact the NYS DMV to update your records.
TLC Photo Needed To retake your photo, please bring your DMV license and TLC application receipt with you to the Long Island City address above.

Fingerprints and Photo Needed

After filing the application, schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken. Visit IdentoGo to schedule an appointment and to obtain more information.

If you are asked for the service code, enter: 15425Y.