For-Hire Vehicle License Storage

In 2020 the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) created a For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) License Storage Program to give relief to vehicle license holders who could not afford to maintain their vehicles during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vehicle license placed into storage must be removed from storage on or before August 31st, 2023, regardless of when the license was placed into storage.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) is now offering a new service for For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) and Street Hail Livery (SHL) owners, the For-Hire Vehicle and Street Hail Livery Drop-off and Pick-up Service. Drop-off and pick-up service will be available  for all individual FHV licensees and SHL owners represented by an agent or an individual with a Power of Attorney . 

All agents and representatives with a Power of Attorney form may drop off up to 10 applications once a day.  The For-Hire Vehicle - Street Hail Livery drop-off form and DMV credit card authorization form can be found below.  You do not need an appointment or a ticket to drop-off forms.  Once applications are processed, agents will receive an email to pick up plates, registrations , and a rate card within 1-2 business days.

Hours of Operation:

  • Drop-off service is open between the hours of 8:30-10:30 a.m. Applications will not be accepted after 10:30 a.m.
  • Pick-up service is between 2:30– 3:30 p.m. Please bring the copy of your drop-off form.


For-Hire Vehicle and Street Hail Livery Drop-off and Pick-up Form

DMV credit card authorization form


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How to Place For-Hire Vehicle License in Storage

  1. You must first surrender your TLC license plates to the DMV. Go to the DMV website, https://dmv.ny.gov , for more information about surrendering TLC license plates.

  2. Complete sections 1 and 2 of the Vehicle License Storage Form

  3. Scan and email FHV storage form to FHVStorage@tlc.nyc.gov

  4. The vehicle license will no longer appear on TLC’s Open Data active list, and the status will be changed to “in storage.” The vehicle cannot be operated for hire while the vehicle license is in storage. You may keep your vehicle license in storage until August 31st, 2023.

How to Remove For-Hire Vehicle License from Storage

You may remove your vehicle license from storage any time before August 31st, 2023.

Individual owners whose TLC vehicle license is registered under personal name, follow the instructions below:

  1. Request an updated certificate of insurance / liability from your broker or insurance carrier, with a current date of issuance on the certificate.

  2. Complete FHV Transfer Form (you must do a Plate Transfer to receive new TLC plates), located on this page.

  3. Schedule an FHV Out of Storage appointment to submit your application at the TLC’s Long Island City (LIC) office and obtain TLC plates.

  4. Attend your Out-Of-Storage appointment at TLC’s LIC office and bring all required documents:

    For a Plate Transfer (to receive TLC plates only):
    • DMV Application (MV-82)
    • Valid government issued photo ID
    • Proof of vehicle (FS-6T, or the title in registrant’s name, or the registration)
    • For-Hire Insurance Certificate (FH-1)
    • TLC Power of Attorney (if applicable)
    • NYS DMV Power of Attorney (if applicable); and
    • If the vehicle owner is not the registrant, the vehicle owner’s ID is required.

    For a Vehicle Transfer (to changing the vehicle) in addition, provide:
    • Proof of vehicle: Title in registrant’s name / registration, or Title (not in registrant’s name), bill of sale and DTF-802, EMV-50 (dealer’s retail receipt), and DTF-803 (exemption from taxes - corporations only)
    • Lien release letter or lien code/number (if the title indicates there is a lien), needed only if the ownership is changing (vehicle transfer with a different owner).

    Note: If you are issued a DMV plate letter to obtain TC plates at an outside NYS DMV office, you must notify TLC when you receive the new TC plates. Please email FHVTransfers@tlc.nyc.gov to inform TLC of your new plate number, new DMV registration, and TLC license number.

  5. At the end of your appointment, the vehicle will be scheduled for an inspection appointment to receive new TLC decals at TLC’s Woodside Inspection facility.

Corporate owners whose vehicle license is registered under company name, follow the instructions below:

  1. Request an updated certificate(s) of insurance / liability from your broker or insurance carrier, with a current date of issuance on the certificate(s).

  2. Complete the Bulk FHV Transfer Form, or a single/individual FHV Transfer Form (you must do a Plate Transfer to receive new TLC plates). Base Owner’s signature required to process Base Transfer(s).

    Notes on Bulk FHV Transfer Form:
    • All vehicle license numbers listed on the Bulk Transfer form must belong to the same company and have the same EIN; if not, use separate Transfer forms.
    • A checkmark must be placed next to each vehicle license number (section 3, Vehicle Information) requesting new plates (plate transfer) and being removed from storage (two checks for both).

  3. Email the below documents to FHVCorporation@tlc.nyc.gov:

    • A completed Transfer form
    • Old DMV registration or plate surrender receipt (FS-6).
      • *Current DMV registration for out of state vehicles that already have taxi/livery plates
    • Title, if you are changing the vehicle
    • Current for-hire insurance certificate (FH-1)
    • Current certificate of liability or declaration. Coverage must meet TLC’s minimum insurance requirements;
    • Valid government issued photo ID
    • TLC power of attorney and valid government issued photo ID (if applicable)
      • *Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles - Letter from the up-fitter or modifier

  4. If the Storage removal / Transfer request is accepted, TLC will send you an email with instructions to make the transfer payment online and a digital plate letter to drop off at a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS DMV) within the five boroughs of New York City.

  5. You will receive both a new registration and new TLC plates from the NYS DMV.

  6. Visit LARS to make the transfer payment, online. Transfers cost twenty-five dollars ($25.00) per transfer, and an additional seventy-five dollars ($75.00) if the vehicle requires a DMV inspection.

  7. Email a copy of the new registration for each vehicle to FHVCorporation@tlc.nyc.gov Enter the vehicle license number in the email subject line.

  8. TLC will email you inspection appointment information containing an inspection date and time for each vehicle.

For-Hire Vehicle License Storage Frequently Asked Questions

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