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You must have a Horse Drawn Cab Driver license to drive a horse drawn cab in New York City.
This description is only a general explanation of which individuals need to have a Horse Drawn Cab Driver license.
When You File Your DCA License Application:
Below are requirements when filing your license application:
- Basic Individual License Application
Online submission: After reviewing the application requirements, please click the Apply Online link at the bottom of the Web page to submit your application.
In-person submission: Download the Basic Individual License Application Form.
- Current color passport-size photograph of License Applicant
License Applicants can be photographed in the DCA Licensing Center at no cost.
Please note that you can upload an image file if you submit your license application online.
- Horse Drawn Cab Operator’s Course Completion Certificate
Submit a copy of the certificate from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene showing that you have successfully completed the Horse Drawn Cab Operator’s Course. To register for this course, go in person to the address below with two passport-size photos of yourself and a $25 money order for the course fee. Cash or checks will not be accepted.
New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
Veterinary Public Health Services
220 Church Street, 15th Floor
New York, NY 10013
- Certificate Recommending an Applicant for a Horse Drawn Cab Driver License (download)
A New York City-licensed Horse Drawn Cab Driver must complete and sign the certificate which confirms your successful completion of an apprenticeship.
- Proof of Age
Horse Drawn Cab Driver applicants must be at least 18 years old. Proof of age can include:
- A driver’s license or a non-driver’s license identification issued by a State Department of Motor Vehicles
- Birth certificate with photo identification
- Alien card/green card
- Child Support Certification Form (download)
- Granting Authority to Act Affirmation (download)
If this application will be filed by someone other than the license applicant, the license applicant must submit a Granting Authority to Act Affirmation.
- License Fee
Must be paid by credit card, money order, or check. Cards accepted at the DCA Licensing Center include Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover Card. Credit card payments are subject to a convenience fee. Checks or money orders must be payable to NYC Department of Consumer Affairs. The chart below lists the amount due depending upon when your license application is filed. Note: An odd year is any year ending in an odd digit; for example, 2013, 2015, etc. An even year is any year ending in an even digit; for example, 2014, 2016, etc.
Please note that a convenience fee applies if you submit your license application online. A major credit card is required to submit applications online.
|Horse Drawn Cab Driver License Fee
License Term: 2 years
License Expiration Date: May 31, Even years
|If You File Your Application Between These Dates:
||Your License Fee is:
|From June 1 in an even year to November 30 in an even year
|From December 1 in an even year to May 31 in an odd year
|From June 1 in an odd year to November 30 in an odd year
|From December 1 in an odd year to May 31 in an even year
||$8 or *$38
*If you are applying within six months of the license expiration date, you can pay the prorated fee for the remaining license term plus the full fee to renew the license for the next term. If you pay both fees, you will not need to renew the license until the end of the next license period.
After You File Your DCA License Application:
Below is information you need to know after submitting your license application:
- Probationary License
If you have not previously held a DCA Horse Drawn Cab Driver license, you will be issued a probationary license for six (6) months. At the end of the six-month period, if you did not receive any violations, you will be issued a Horse Drawn Cab Driver license.
Application Filing Process
File in person at the DCA Licensing Center, 42 Broadway, in Manhattan between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, and on Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
If you do not speak or understand English well, please let us know when you arrive at the Licensing Center and we will provide translation services.
- Please review requirements for the license and gather all materials before clicking the button below.
- If you haven’t registered an account with the City of New York, you will need to register an account before you can proceed to the online application.
- After you submit the online application, follow the instructions on the confirmation page. DCA cannot process incomplete applications.
- Important: If you need to file another license application, return to the DCA Business Toolbox to read requirements and proceed to the online application.
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