All New York City drivers must have a TLC Driver's License issued by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC).
TLC Eligibility Requirements
To obtain a TLC Driver's License, you must:
Be at least 19 years of age
Have a valid Social Security Number (SSN)
Have no more than 6 points on your DMV license within 15 months from the date of your most recent violation
No outstanding fines, tickets, or parking violations
TLC Driver's License Checklist
1. Complete the TLC license application
After you submit your application, you have 90 days to complete and submit all the requirements below. These requirements do not need to be completed in the order listed.
2. Upgrade your license to Class E or a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
New York State Driver's License: Complete the Class E driver’s license form to upgrade your DMV license to a Class E or Commercial Driver's License (CDL). Fees may vary.
Out-of-State Driver's License: If you don’t have a New York State license, you’ll need to request a certified DMV abstract and clarify your driving history when you request an upgrade. Submit your form or request an abstract at your local DMV.
3. Take Defensive Driving and WAV courses
Complete a Defensive Driving course and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) course.
4. Take a 24-Hour TLC Driver Education Course
Complete a 24-Hour TLC Driver Education course.
5. Complete your TLC Driver's License exam
The TLC requires that you pass an exam after you complete the 24-Hour TLC Driver Education Course. You will receive an email from PSI (the testing center) with a link to register for the exam. Exams are available at PSI Centers in English, Arabic, Bengali, Simplified Chinese, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. You'll pay a fee for this exam.
Complete a drug test at a TLC-approved location. You must bring your driver’s license and your TLC application receipt with your application number. You'll pay a fee for this test.
Complete the required fingerprinting through the IdentoGO NY website here.
Enter the code 15425Y to create an appointment. You'll pay a fee to be fingerprinted.
8. Obtain a TLC medical exam
The TLC requires you to obtain confirmation that you passed a medical exam. Book a doctor’s appointment and have your provider complete the Medical Certification Form. Upload your remaining documents and check your progress on the TLC Upload Portal. You will need to upload:
Medical Certification Form
Defensive Driving Course Certificate
Copy of Class E Driver’s License or Commercial Driver’s License (CDL)
The following requirements will be reported by the relevant entity. You do not need to upload the following:
WAV Course Confirmation
Confirmation that you passed the 24-Hour TLC Driver Education Course and TLC Driver’s License exam
Drug Test confirmation