High-Volume For-Hire Services

On August 14, 2018, Mayor de Blasio signed Local Law 149 of 2018, creating a new license category for TLC-licensed FHV bases that dispatch more than 10,000 trips per day, referred to as High-Volume For-Hire Services (HVFHS). TLC adopted HVFHS rules (PDF) to regulate these two-year licenses, which are required in addition to existing TLC licenses for for-hire vehicle bases.

The following companies hold High-Volume For-Hire Service licenses:

  • Lyft
  • Uber
  • Via

HVFHS License application requirements

  • Submit a list of bases through which the HVFHS will dispatch trips;
  • Pay the licensing fee;
  • Submit a business plan, which includes the business’s past and anticipated vehicle count, trip volume, service areas, and compliance with the TLC’s accessibility requirements;
  • Submit an analysis of the impact of the business on traffic congestion, local transportation, and noise;
  • Provide a description of all deductions it proposes to charge for-hire vehicle owners or drivers as well as estimates of gross hourly earnings of drivers;
  • Provide detailed trip and revenue data on an ongoing basis.

Apply for a license

For guidance on using Taxi Zones in Application Appendix data submission, find maps and tables in Trip Record Data.

The initial HVFHS license application period has begun. All applicable businesses must file a HVFHS license application by April 17, 2019.

Email the completed application and all required documents, in PDF format, to businessmr@tlc.nyc.gov. TLC will review your submissions electronically; once TLC confirms your application is complete, you will be contacted to make an appointment to submit licensing fees in person. Once you have submitted your application, schedule a fingerprinting appointment. Read Identogo - Fingerprint Request (PDF).

Data submission requirements

High-Volume For-Hire Services (HVFHS) are required to regularly submit data to TLC via TLC-hosted SFTP. For-Hire Services are required to submit 5-10 different files. For each file, the HVFHS should submit all records for all constituent FHV bases. Do not submit different files for each FHV base. Data submissions by For-Hire Services also fulfill the data submission requirements for the For-Hire Service’s constituent FHV bases.

Submission frequency and naming convention for each file are as follows:


Required For


Naming Convention


All HVFHS licensees

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week



HVFHS licensees which are also Accessible Vehicle Dispatchers    

monthly (deliver by first Thursday after 1st of the month)


Shared Rides

HVFHS licensees that provide shared rides

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week)



HVFHS licensees that pay drivers hourly

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week


Driver Payments

All HVFHS licensees

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week)


Corrective Payments

HVFHS licensees making corrective driver payments in compliance with driver pay rules

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week)



All HVFHS licensees

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week)



All HVFHS licensees

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week)



All HVFHS licensees

biweekly (deliver by Thursday following second week)



All HVFHS licensees

monthly (deliver by first Thursday after 1st of the month)


Frequently Asked Questions

Which companies are required to apply for an HVFHS license?

Businesses that currently dispatch or plan to dispatch more than 10,000 FHV trips in New York City per day under a single brand, trade, or operating name via FHV bases must apply for the High-Volume For-Hire Service license.

Is this new license class optional?

This license is required for all companies that meet the eligibility standards in the approved rules, read Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules (PDF) and the related local law read Local Law of The City of New York 2018 No. 149 (PDF).

What is the period of licensure?

The HVFHS license is valid for two years from approval.

Does an HVFHS license replace an existing base license? Can the HVFHS license be used in lieu of a base license to dispatch trips?

No. The local law does not remove existing base requirements or change current dispatch requirements. All vehicles dispatched using the HVFHS software must be affiliated to a TLC-licensed base or they cannot be dispatched. The HVFHS license is required for all businesses who meet the standards set in the law for the number of dispatches done per day. If an HVFHS licensee also owns or operates a base then they are required to maintain their base license in good standing, as well, to continue dispatching TLC-licensed vehicles.

It is a violation of TLC rules to dispatch any trip other than through a TLC-licensed FHV base. This rule applies to all HVFHS licensees.

What kinds of information will TLC require companies to produce to obtain the license?

The general outline of the requirements can be found in the Local Law of The City of New York 2018 No. 149 (PDF) and  Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules (PDF).

TLC will ask for each applicant’s business plan, an analysis of their environmental and transit impacts on the city, a mitigation plan for negative impacts, and additional data related to fares, driver income, and other aspects of operation.

The TLC application will contain more specifics for each of these components. When the application is available, it will appear on the TLC website with application deadlines provided. TLC will also directly contact businesses that we believe will need to apply for the new HVFHS license.

How much does the license application cost?

The license application costs $380,000 for a two-year license for each High-Volume For-Hire Service application. This fee will not be refunded if the Commission denies the application.

What is the process for HVFHS license renewal?

License renewals take place every two years. A renewing applicant must file a completed application for renewal at least 60 days before the expiration date of the license.

Related Information:

Approved HVFHS Rules - Notice of Public Hearing and Opportunity to Comment on Proposed Rules (PDF). If you have any questions about this application, send your written questions to TLC External Affairs at tlcexternalaffairs@tlc.nyc.gov. Any questions sent to TLC will receive written responses and be posted in the FAQ on this page.