New York City Driver Application Requirements

Applicant Requirement Checklist

View New York State applicant requirements.

Document Requirements
  • Driver's license
  • Vehicle registration
  • FH1 insurance
  • TLC inspection
  • TLC Driver's License
  • Certificate of Liability insurance
Vehicle Requirements
  • All vehicle requirements in New York City are governed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC)

Application Steps


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Required documents for New York City

You can see sample images of each required document on our Help Center.

  • Driver's license
    Drivers are required to have a valid driver's license. It can be from any state, as long as you have a current TLC (for-hire) license.
  • Vehicle registration
    Drivers are required to upload a copy of their New York state vehicle registration.
  • FH1 insurance
    Drivers are required to have standard vehicle insurance issued by the New York DMV.
  • TLC inspection
    Drivers must submit one of the following:
    • Base sticker
    • TLC inspection certificate
  • TLC Driver's License
    Drivers must have a TLC Driver's License issued by the Taxi and Limousine commission (TLC). Current (not expired) For-Hire Vehicle License or a Medallion FHV License are also acceptable. Learn more.
  • Certificate of Liability insurance
    All drivers in New York City must have a Certificate of Liability Insurance (COL).

    If your name does not appear on the document, you must provide a second document listing your name and matching policy number.

    If the policy numbers between the COL and driver list document do not match, you must provide a Policy Cover Sheet.

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