Accessibility Requirements for Drivers

All TLC Drivers (Medallion, Street Hail Livery and For Hire Vehicle) must attend and complete a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Training Course to maintain their license. A license will not be issued or renewed if the course is not taken.

  • New applicants are required to take the WAV training course after filing an application with the TLC.
  • Renewing licenses must have completed a WAV training course by the expiration date on their license. If you have already taken the course you will not need to take it again.

Download Chapter 80 - Drivers of Taxicabs, For-Hire Vehicles and Street Hail Liveries (PDF) for more details.

At the end of the training, you will receive a certificate of completion from the training course provider. You must show this to the accessible vehicle owner before driving the vehicle, and you need to keep a copy with you in the vehicle. As a driver of a wheelchair accessible taxicab, you must help a wheelchair passenger to and from the sidewalk curb.  You must also secure the passenger and his/her belongings in the vehicle.  Time for unloading may not be charged.


For Medallion and SHL Drivers

After you complete WAV training you may be eligible for payments from the TLC of $1 for each trip you complete in a Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle. For more information visit Taxi Improvement Fund (TIF).


Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Trainers

For a list of Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle (WAV) Training locations visit Driver Education.