New Driver License Design

graphic for get a drivers license - an enlarged photo of a TLC Driver's License

Will I receive the new license design when I renew my license?

Yes, if you have a New York State DMV license.  In the future, if you have a DMV driver’s license issued by another state, you will need to go to a New York State DMV office and have your picture taken in order to be issued a new, renewal, or replacement TLC license.  There is nothing you need to do at this time.  TLC will notify you of this new requirement when it goes into effect.

My license was recently renewed/approved. Can I see status updates for when the license was printed/mailed/etc.?

Log onto www.nyc.gov/tlcup for status updates on the printing and mailing of your license

I want the new license design now.  Can I replace my current TLC license?

If you currently hold a valid TLC Driver’s License, you can keep using your current TLC license. You will receive the new license design at your next renewal. Replacements are only available for a driver whose license is lost or stolen. TLC charges $25.00 (twenty-five dollars) to replace a license.

My TLC Driver’s License was lost or stolen. What do I need to do?

Make an appointment to visit the TLC Licensing facility in Long Island City.  Be sure to review the instructions carefully, to confirm which pieces of identification you need to bring to the appointment.

New York State DMV license holders: during your visit to the Long Island City office, you will receive a temporary paper license that will be valid for ten (10) days.  TLC will order your permanent replacement license, and it will be mailed to your address on file.  Update your mailing address online now if you’ve recently moved.

DMV license holders from other states: you will receive a permanent replacement TLC license at the Long Island City office with the current design.

I have a New Jersey/Connecticut/Pennsylvania/other state DMV driver’s license. Do I need to do anything now?

No. Eventually you will need to visit a New York State DMV office to have your photograph taken. There will be no charge for this service. TLC will provide instructions in the near future.

I prefer the photo on my TLC Driver’s License rather than the photo on my NYS DMV driver’s license. Can I keep the old photo when I receive my next license?

No.  TLC will only use New York State DMV photos.  If you want the photo on your NYS DMV license updated, visit a NYS DMV office.

I received a Directive to update the photo on my TLC Driver’s License because it no longer looks like me.  What do I need to do?

New York State DMV license holders: check the photo on your DMV license first. If the photo is up-to-date, make an appointment at TLC’s Licensing facility to have a new license ordered for you. If your DMV photo is not up-to-date, visit a NYS DMV office to retake your photograph first. If you hold a DMV driver’s license from another state, make an appointment at TLC’s Licensing facility to have a new photograph taken for your TLC license.