Vehicle License Frequently Asked Questions

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Can someone who does not have a TLC Driver License operate a TLC-licensed vehicle for personal use?

Yes, a TLC licensed vehicle can be operated by anyone with a valid and current State issued Drivers license for personal use and reasons. Be aware that the vehicle can be pulled over and summonsed by a TLC Inspector or Police Officer if they have reason to believe the vehicle is being operated for-hire or they witness a violation of local laws.

Which vehicle insurance do I have to have?

There are minimum insurance levels your vehicle must possess based on the type of vehicle you own and the vehicle’s seating capacity. Download Vehicle Insurance Requirements (PDF) for further information.

Do I need to live in New York State to register my vehicle for a TLC Vehicle permit?

You may register a vehicle from New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. Out of state vehicles must already have taxi/livery plates and meet the insurance requirements set by NYC TLC. For additional information refer to the Vehicle Insurance Requirements (PDF).