Get a Drivers License

Want to drive for hire in New York City? Read here to learn which license is best for you, then use the menu on the left to choose the license that you want to apply for.

If you are planning on using your own vehicle, you will also need to apply for the appropriate TLC vehicle license. Visit Get a Vehicle License for more information.

TLC Driver License

The TLC Driver License is a single license that lets you drive a yellow taxi, green taxi, livery, black car, and limousine. Most drivers get this license, unless they know they are going to drive a commuter van or paratransit vehicle.

Commuter Van Driver License

Commuter vans are vehicles that transport between 9 and 20 passengers in preapproved zones. If you wish to drive these vehicles you must apply for the Commuter Van Driver License.

Paratransit Driver License

Paratransits vehicles provide non-emergency transportation for passengers with disabilities. If you wish to drive these vehicles you must apply for the Paratransit Driver License.

graphic for get a drivers license - an enlarged photo of a TLC Driver's License

Frequently Used Forms

The below documents are also available on the TLC’s Language Access Plan page in the following languages: Español, العربية, বাংলা, 简化字, français, Kreyòl ayisyen, हिन्दी, 한국어, polski, ਪੰਜਾਬੀ, Русский язык, اردو.

Click on the below links to view each document:

TLC Services

Fitness Rules Notice

Defensive Driving Course Requirements

TLC Credential Replacement Instruction Sheet

New Driver Applicant Drug Test Information Sheet

Affirmation to Cancel an Active Driver License

Worker's Compensation Compliance Requirements

Transfer Application (Vehicle, Plate, Base Affiliation)

Base - Renewal Instructions & Checklist