Taximeter Manufacturer

Taximeter Manufacturers are licensed by the Commission to create taximeters for use in New York City. Only taximeters made by a licensed Taximeter Manufacturer may be installed or used in Taxicabs or Street-Hail Liveries. Writing the codebase for a software-based taximeter (but not calibrating an instance for a specific vehicle) is considered manufacturing a taximeter.

All taximeters in New York City must comply with the following requirements:

NTEP Certification

Before being used in New York City, all taximeters must receive National Type Evaluation Program (NTEP) certification. There are only two facilities in the country that certify taximeters:

  • The California Division of Measurement Standards
  • New York State Bureau of Weights and Measures.

Visit the National Conference on Weights and Measures website to learn more about the NTEP certification process.

Get a Taximeter Manufacturer License

Step 1: NTEP Certification (if already NTEP certified, skip to step 2)

  1. Review the National Institute of Standards and Technology Handbook 44 to ensure compliance with all regulations.
  2. Contact the National Conference on Weights and Measures to apply for taximeter certification.
  3. Your system will be assigned to a laboratory for bench and field testing.
  4. Upon approval, you will be issued an NTEP certificate.

Step 2: Submit Application to TLC

  1. Read the TLC application instructions;
  2. Complete the Taximeter Manufacturer License Application;
  3. Email the completed application and all required documents, in PDF format, to businessmr@tlc.nyc.gov;
  4. 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.

Step 3: TLC Review

  1. TLC staff will perform bench and field testing to ensure the meter complies with Chapter 64 of TLC Rules including proper programming of all TLC-mandated rates of fare including proper programming of all TLC-mandated rates of fare.
  2. The applicant must name a licensed Taximeter Business that will perform the meter installation. TLC staff will inspect the Taximeter Business to ensure it is properly equipped and trained to perform the installation.
  3. The applicant must install meters in working taxis and present those taxis for inspection.

Step 4: Final Documentation and Approval

After approval of the system, the applicant will submit 1-2 page documentation with screenshots showing regulators how to do the following:

  1. Turn the meter on;
  2. Log in to the meter (if necessary);
  3. Start a trip;
  4. End a trip;
  5. Print an accumulative totalizer receipt.

Renew a Taximeter License

Taximeter manufacturers must renew their license every 31st day of March.

  1. A renewal reminder will be sent 90 days in advance of your expiration date;
  2. Pay any outstanding summonses;
  3. Pay the renewal fee online by visiting LARS;
  4. Complete the Taximeter Manufacturer Renew License Application;
  5. Submit all renewal requirements, in PDF format, to businessmr@tlc.nyc.gov.

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