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Application Forms for Technology Providers

This page contains application forms and other useful information for those looking to join the technology branch of the for-hire industry. The links below are organized as follows: Passenger Service, Equipment Manufacturing, and Vehicle Assembly. Companies wishing to provide for-hire service will likely need to apply for most of the licenses below.

Passenger-Facing Services

E-Hail License:

Application Form and Instructions
Requirements
Useful Information
Current E-Hail Providers (Sorted by Provider Number)

E-Hail licenses authorize companies to operate mobile apps that allow passengers to hail taxis electronically. Fares are still calculated by the taximeter and the drivers are licensed by the TLC. Companies working only with liveries, black cars, or limousines do not need to apply for this license.

Dispatch Service Provider License (DSP):

Application Form and Instructions
Requirements
Useful Information

A DSP license authorizes a company to dispatch liveries, black cars, or limousines through a branded mobile app on behalf of bases with which the DSP has a contract. 

Companies that sell white label passenger apps that are branded by a base or sell fleet management software that is not passenger-facing do not need to apply for a TLC license. However, any products used by bases must comply with the base requirements outlined here.

Equipment Manufacturing

TPEP/LPEP:

Apply for TPEP/LPEP Authorization
TPEP Requirements
LPEP Requirements
Useful Information
Current TPEP and LPEP Providers

All yellow taxis must have TPEPs and green taxis must have LPEPs. The requirements for the two systems differ slightly but their core functionality is the same.

Taximeter Manufacturer’s License:

Apply For and Learn More About Taximeter Manufacturer’s License
Taximeter Manufacturer Requirements

Companies that create taximeters (including software-based meters running on mobile devices) must acquire a license. In addition to TLC licensure, taximeters must be approved by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets Bureau of Weights and Measures. Companies working only with liveries, black cars, or limousines do not have to apply for this license.


The following require approval from our Safety and Emissions department. Once you have obtained the below items, please call 718-267-4559 to schedule testing.

In-Vehicle Camera System (IVCS) Requirements: 67-12
Approved IVCS Models
Roof Light Requirements: 64-29
Rooftop Advertising Fixture Requirements: 67-16


Vehicle Assembly and Management

Taximeter Business License:

Apply For and Learn More About Taxi Meter Business Licenses
Taximeter Business Requirements 64-13
Current Taxicab Meter Shops - Sorted by TLC License Number

Taximeters Business Licenses are required in order to operate a meter shop, which is a business authorized to repair yellow and green taxis or install equipment.

Agent License:

Apply For and Learn More about Agent Licenses
Agent Requirements
Current Medallion Agents - Sorted by Agent Number

Agents manage yellow taxi fleets on behalf of medallion owners. This includes responsibilities such as leasing vehicles to drivers, accounting services, etc. If a technology provider is interested in operating vehicles, an agent license may be necessary.

Base License:

Apply For and Learn More About Livery Base Station Licenses
Apply For and Learn More About Black Car Base or Luxury Limousine Base Licenses
Base License Requirements
Current Community Car Service Bases - Sorted by TLC License Number
Current Black Car Bases - Sorted by TLC License Number
Current Luxury Limousine Bases - Sorted by TLC License Number

Base licenses are required to provide pre-arranged for-hire transportation in New York City. There are three different license classes with differing requirements: community car services, black cars, and luxury limousines. If a technology provider is planning on dispatching FHVs, either a base license or a DSP is necessary.

Looking for Data? Head to our Data page.
Looking to Apply for Driver or Vehicle License? Visit our LARS page.
Questions? Write us! technology@tlc.nyc.gov