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Navigating the NYC TLC License Process: Your Comprehensive Guide

Are you considering a career as a professional chauffeur in New York City? If so, you’re likely aware of the essential requirement of the TLC (Taxi and Limousine Commission) license. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the intricacies of obtaining this crucial license, covering the application process, prerequisites, costs, and some useful websites to aid you along the way.  Once you get your TLC License, please contact our HR department about becoming a professional chauffeur for Dav El | BostonCoach. (We may even be able to reimburse you for some or all of the costs associated with obtaining your license).

Understanding the TLC License:

The Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) license is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to operate a vehicle for hire in New York City. This license ensures passengers are in the hands of a qualified driver and that established regulations and standards protect them. A TLC license is mandatory if you’re planning to drive for Dav El | BostonCoach in the New York Market.

Qualification Requirements:

Before embarking on the journey to obtain your TLC license, it’s essential to ensure that you meet the qualification requirements. These include:

  1. Being 19 years old (Dav El | BostonCoach chauffeurs must be 21 or older).
  2. Holding a valid DMV Chauffeur’s license (Class A, B, C, or E).
  3. Possessing a valid Social Security Number.
  4. Having no fines or fees owed to NYS DMV or TLC.
  5. Accumulating no more than 5 points on your DMV license within a 15-month period from your most recent violation date.

Required Documents:

Before initiating your TLC license application, gather the necessary documents to streamline the process. These include:

  1. Social Security Card.
  2. Copy of your Chauffeur License or its equivalent (Class A, B, C, or E) based on New York State standards.
  3. DMV Abstract (only for out-of-state DMV licenses): This abstract should be dated no more than 90 days before filing your online application.
  4. Completed Medical Certification Form by a licensed physician
  5. Credit Card, Debit Card, or Checking Account information for payment purposes.

A Step-by-Step Application Process

  1. Start the Application Online: Visit the LARS (Licensing and Regulation System) online platform to begin your TLC license application.
  2. Undergo Drug Testing: Schedule a drug test through LabCorp (800-923-2624) or one of the approved locations. Results are typically available within 3 days.
  3. Fingerprinting and Photo: Schedule an appointment for fingerprinting and photo capture through IdentoGO, using service code 15425Y.
  4. Complete Defensive Driving Course: If you haven’t completed a New York State DMV-certified Defensive Driving Course within the last 3 years, this step is required. The course can be taken in-person or online.
  5. Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Training: Complete the required training to handle wheelchair accessible vehicles.
  6. Complete Driver’s Education Course: Undertake a 24-hour TLC Driver Education Course and pass an 80-question multiple-choice exam.
  7. Pay Tickets: Ensure all parking and traffic tickets are paid before proceeding.
  8. Watch Sex Trafficking Awareness Training: Engage with this brief training session to raise awareness about sex trafficking.

Calculating Costs: Below are costs as of 8/29/23

  1. $252: Three-year license fee.
  2. $32 (Effective June 1st, 2023, this fee will be $34): Drug testing.
  3. $90.25: Fingerprinting and photos.
  4. $100-$175: 24-hour TLC Driver Education Course.
  5. $49: Exam fee per attempt.
  6. $50-$75: Wheelchair Assistance Training.
  7. $25: Defensive Driving Course fee.

Obtaining your TLC license is a pivotal step towards a rewarding career as a professional driver in NYC. By meeting the qualification requirements, gathering the necessary documents, and following the application process, you’ll be well on your way to navigating the city’s streets and serving its passengers. Remember that the TLC license comes with costs and responsibilities, but its opportunities make the journey worthwhile. Good luck on your path to becoming a licensed NYC chauffeur!

At Dav El | BostonCoach, we take immense pride in our chauffeurs, who embody the essence of our company. Our chauffeurs are not just drivers; they are the face of our commitment to excellence. They are entrusted with the responsibility of providing our clients with more than just a ride – it’s an experience that is prompt, immaculate, courteous, secure, and utterly dependable. We understand that your journey with us should be the highlight of our clients’ day.

During your shifts, our extensive fleet of sedans, SUVs, sprinters, mini-buses, and full-size buses becomes your workspace. This means you won’t put a single mile of wear and tear on your personal vehicle. But that’s not all – we cover your fuel, tolls, insurance, vehicle maintenance, and even provide you with a uniform. Your focus is solely on delivering exceptional service while we handle the rest.

Whether you’re seeking full-time or part-time opportunities, prefer nights or days, or are looking to work exclusively on weekends, we offer flexible schedules to suit your lifestyle. And with a thriving demand for our services, you can expect to stay busy, ensuring consistent opportunities to grow and excel in your role. Join us, and let’s elevate the chauffeur experience together.


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