You must have a taxi operator's license to drive the following in New York City:

  • Taxi
  • Black Car
  • Limousine
  • Ambulette (also known as paratransit vehicles)
  • Commuter van

If you are applying for the first time, you must also have a chauffeur license or a New York State class A, B, C, or E license issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, or an equivalent from any other state. Non-New York State Department of Motor Vehicles license holders must submit a certified state driving record from their state no more than 90 days before filing the application.

New License Application

All new applications must be submitted online.

Learn how to apply for a new taxi driver license.

License Renewal

If you are a current driver, a renewal form and instructions will automatically be sent to you, normally 90 days in advance.

Current TLC licensees will receive the dual license when their current license is renewed.

Learn how to renew a Taxi and Limousine Commission license.

Get Help

You can get answers to questions about the taxi driver license by phone.

Call 311 or 212-NEW-YORK (212-639-9675) for assistance.

Application Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be at least 19 years of age
  • Have a current chauffeur license or New York State class A, B, C, or E issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles, or equivalent from any other state. Holders of Non-New York State Department of Motor Vehicles licenses must submit a certified state driving record from their state no more than 90 days before filing the application. 
  • Owe no debts to the Taxi and Limousine Commission, the Department of Motor Vehicles, or the Department of Finance
  • Have a valid Social Security number
  • Complete taxi school
  • Complete the wheelchair accessible class
  • Complete a Department of Motor Vehicles-certified defensive driving class no more than 3 years before filing the application
  • Submit a medical history (Form B) form signed by a doctor, attesting to medical fitness to drive a taxi
  • Pay applicable fees

Fees

Initial application fees are $252, and drug test fees are $26.

Additional fees are charged for the chauffeur license, defensive driving course, wheelchair accessible course, and taxi school.

Fees are payable by credit card, debit card, or e-check. If you are paying a drug test fee with a money order, make it payable to LabCorp.

Timeframe

Timeframes to receive a license vary, based on the completeness of the application and the fulfillment of the requirements. Each application and its processing time will depend on the individual's fingerprint response report, any prior Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) license revocations, and outstanding requirements or clearances from the Department of Motor Vehicles, Department of Finance, and TLC. A general timeframe cannot be provided.

Once you have completed and submitted all TLC requirements, your application will be thoroughly reviewed. You will either receive your license by mail, or you will receive a letter requesting additional necessary information to continue the application process. 

For faster processing, you are encouraged to take your drug test and to register for and attend taxi school as soon as your application has been submitted to the TLC.  

If you do not complete all the licensing requirements within 90 days, your application will be denied. All application fees are non-refundable.

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) requires drug testing for all driver licenses, except for commuter vans and ambulettes.

Learn more about TLC's drug testing requirements.

To make an appointment for a drug test, you should call LabCorp.

  • Agency: LabCorp
  • Phone Number: (800) 923-2624
  • Business Hours: Monday - Friday: 9 AM - 5 PM
  • Call volume is high. If you don't get through, call back later.

After filing a TLC license application online, you must schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints and photo taken. You can get more information and schedule the appointment online.

To log in, you will need to provide:

  • Your TLC license number
  • Your DMV license number
  • ORI code “TAXI”

Learn more and schedule an appointment.

For-Hire Vehicles (FHVs) provide prearranged service through TLC-licensed bases.
  
The following types of vehicles are considered for-hire:

  • Ambulettes (also known as paratransit vehicles)
  • Black cars
  • Car service cars
  • Commuter vans
  • Limousines

FHV License Pause

TLC is extending the pause on issuing new For-Hire Vehicle (FHV) licenses, with an exception for wheelchair-accessible vehicles (WAVs) and drivers in lease-to-own agreements.

Every August and February, TLC must review and determine if additional licenses should be issued in the next six months. TLC will analyze congestion levels, driver pay, license attrition rates, outer-borough service, the availability and demand for battery electric vehicles and charging infrastructure, and any other information the agency decides is relevant.

When reviews are complete, TLC will post the results and the number of licenses to be issued, if any, on their website.

Learn more about the FHV license pause.

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