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Driver Education

The TLC is committed to providing safe, efficient, and accessible for-hire transportation. A fleet of well-trained and knowledgeable drivers is the key to providing this level of service. TLC-Approved Education Providers, drivers, bases, fleets, and industry members can use this page to access education resources.

TLC Driver License Education Requirements

  • All Education requirements must be completed within 90 days after applying for a TLC Driver License.
  • You must apply for your TLC Driver License, Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training before you register for the TLC 24-Hour Driver License Course with any TLC-Approved Education Provider. Content from both courses will be included on the exam.
  • You must pass the TLC Driver License Exam with a 70% or higher at an approved testing location.

Requirements:

  • New York State Department of Motor Vehicles 6-hour Defensive Driving Course - All applicants must complete NYSDMV 6-hour Defensive Driving Course within three (3) years prior to filing an application online. Visit Defensive Driving for more information.
  • Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training - You must file an application with the TLC before registering for the course. The course is available at TLC-Approved Education Providers. Your chosen education provider will notify the TLC when you have completed the course.
  • TLC Driver Education Course - You must file an application with the TLC before registering for the course. The course is available at TLC-Approved Education Providers. It is offered in Arabic, Bengali, English, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. Your chosen provider will notify the TLC when you have completed the course.
  • TLC Driver License Exam - You must pass the TLC Driver License Exam with a score of 70% or higher at a PSI Services Test Center. This means you must answer 56 out of 80 questions correctly to pass. .

Driver Education Transfer Policy

Applicants must complete all education requirements unless they qualify for the exemptions stated below:

  1. Life Experience Exemption - TLC Rule 80-04(j)(8)
  2. Education Requirements were completed within 6 months from the new application date. This applies to:
    1. 24-Hour TLC Driver Education Course
    2. Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training (WAV Course)
    3. TLC Driver License Exam *Exception: If driver passed exam in the last 6 months, both WAV and 24-hour courses will transfer regardless of completion date.
  3. Late Renewal: Previously completed education requirements will remain valid during the 180-day late renewal period. If the licensee does not renew during the 180 days and files a new application, the licensee will have to complete the education requirements again unless the licensee qualifies for the Life Experience Exemption.
  • Former licensees who had their licenses revoked must complete all education requirements.
  • Applicants who were disqualified from the TLC Driver License Exam must complete all education requirements.

Paratransit and Commuter Van Driver Applicants Education Requirements

All Education requirements must be completed within 90 days after applying for a TLC Van Driver License

NYSDMV 6-hour Defensive Driving Course - All applicants must complete NYSDMV 6-hour Defensive Driving Course within three (3) years prior to filing an application online. Visit Defensive Driving for more information.

Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training

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Authorized Training Providers

TLC Driver License applicants must complete the Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training to get a license. TLC recommends that applicants complete this training before taking the TLC Driver License Exam.

Download TLC-Approved Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Trainers for a list of TLC-Authorized Education Providers that offer Passenger Assistance and Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Training. A map, along with list of providers is also available on TLC Authorized Wheelchair Passenger Assistance Training Provider (Map) (OpenData).

TLC 24-Hour Driver Education Course

TLC Driver License applicants must complete the 24-Hour TLC Driver Education Course The course covers the following topics: TLC rules and regulations, Vision Zero, safe driving skills and traffic rules, geography, customer service, and providing equitable service to all.

List of Authorized Education Providers

View TLC-Approved 24 Hour Education Providers for a list of TLC-Authorized Education Providers that offer the TLC Driver Education Course in Arabic, Bengali, Mandarin, Russian, Spanish, and Urdu. A map, along with a list of provider locations is also available on TLC Driver Education 24 Hour Course Provider (Map) (OpenData).

TLC Driver Education Pass Rates

The chart below shows the percentages of TLC Driver License applicants who passed the exam on their first try in the language they chose.

TLC Driver Exam Pass Rates 3rd Quarter 2019

 

TLC Driver License Exam

The exam is made up of 80 multiple-choice questions. You must get a grade of 70% or higher (you must answer 56 out of 80 questions correctly to pass). The exam is given on a computer by PSI Services. You will be allowed to take the exam as many times as needed to pass during the ninety (90) day application period.

PSI Services has 10 locations within New York City with one location in each of the five boroughs. See TLC Driver Exam Testing Center Locations for a complete list. A list of provider locations is also available on TLC Driver Exam Testing Center Locations List (OpenData).

After you complete the TLC 24-Hour Driver Education Course, PSI will send an email to the email address you have registered with the TLC.

The email will contain a link to register for an exam appointment time. Read PSI’s NYC TLC Candidate Bulletin to learn how to register, sign up for an exam appointment time, and what to expect on your testing day.

Free PSI Exam Tutorial Videos:

Study Guide, Practice Exams, and Additional Education Resources

Learn how to become a TLC-Approved Education Provider

Interested in learning how to become a TLC-Approved Education Provider? Email: education@tlc.nyc.gov.