Get a For-Hire Vehicle License

In New York City, there are three different types of For-Hire Vehicles – black car, livery, and limousine. All For-Hire Vehicles must be affiliated with a For-Hire Vehicle Base, and it is the base’s class that determines the vehicle’s type. Read on to learn how to apply for a For-Hire Vehicle License.

Only owners of wheelchair accessible vehicles and drivers in a lease-to-own agreement may apply for a new FHV vehicle license. Read below to see if you are elidable to apply for a new FHV vehicle license.

Are you and your Vehicle Qualified?

  • You may apply for a new FHV vehicle license if you meet one of the following exceptions:
    • Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle Exception: Owners of wheelchair accessible vehicles may apply for a new FHV vehicle license if their vehicle meets Accessible Vehicle Criteria. For examples of vehicles that meet TLC’s accessible vehicle criteria, approved wheelchair accessible vehicles can be found within the Approved Vehicle List on the Yellow Cab Hack-Up page.
      • PLEASE NOTE: vehicle licenses issued under the wheelchair accessible vehicle exception are restricted for use with only wheelchair accessible vehicles. If you must replace your vehicle at a future date, you must replace your vehicle with another wheelchair accessible vehicle.
    • Lease-to-Own Contract Exception: In certain limited circumstances, TLC will issue a new FHV license to a non-wheelchair accessible vehicle if the applicant had entered into a long-term lease with an option to purchase the vehicle prior to AND the driver has purchased the vehicle. This exception is known as a lease-to-own agreement, and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Drivers will be required to submit documents to TLC demonstrating that they are eligible for this exception. Information about this process can be found in the Lease to Own Guidelines.
  • The pause on new FHV vehicle licenses does not impact current licensees. Current FHV licensees can continue to operate their vehicles and submit base and vehicle transfers for their existing vehicle license.
  • Luxury limousines must be stretched by a manufacturer-certified stretch limo builder.
  • Click below to read the Lease to Own Guidelines in languages other than English:

Documents Needed

  • Applicant Identification: Government Issued photo I.D. of applicant.
  • Proof of Vehicle Ownership - One of the following in the applicant’s name: Current DMV registration, Bill of Sale, or Leasing Agreement, Certificate of Origin or Certificate of Title (Front and Back). Note: Vehicles licensed outside of NYS must provide DMV registration showing seating capacity.
  • Insurance Certificate - Current For-Hire Insurance Certificate (FH-1) in the applicant’s name.
  • Insurance Certificate of Liability - Current Insurance Certificate of Liability directly from your insurance company showing levels of insurance coverage. Coverage must meet the minimum Insurance Requirements.
  • Lease-to-Own Agreement (if applying under the lease-to-own exception)
  • Partnership, Corporate, or LLC filings (if applicable) - Photo identification and social security numbers of all stock holders or members or managing members, whichever is applicable
    • Partnership
      • Certificate of Partnership
    • Corporations
      • Certificate of Incorporation
      • Corporate Minutes listing the names and shares of officers or members
      • An IRS issued CP-575 Notice OR a 147-C letter
    • Limited Liability Companies (LLCs)
      • Articles of Organization
      • Operation Agreement
      • List of Members
      • Election of officers' forms are not acceptable

*Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles - TLC may require documentation from the up-fitter or modifier at any stage of the licensure process.

How to Apply

  1. View and print the TLC new vehicle application.
  2. Have your base complete the base affirmation portion on page 4 of the new vehicle license application.
  3. Pay any outstanding parking, traffic, or TLC tickets.
  4. Once the new vehicle application and base affirmation are completed, you must submit the application to TLC:
    1. Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle applicants (WAV) can schedule their own appointment to submit the application and supporting documents in-person at TLC’s Licensing facility. Make an appointment.
    2. Lease To Own applicants (LTO) will have an appointment scheduled by the TLC after all requirements are correctly satisfied. See the Lease to Own guidelines.
  5. Bring the below information and documents to submit at your appointment:
    1. The name and license number of the Base to which you will affiliate your vehicle;
    2. The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN);
    3. FH-1 insurance card and general liability insurance certificate;
    4. Applicant information (name and address that is not a PO Box);
    5. A working Email address for TLC to send the plate letter, inspection appointment confirmation, and to request information;
    6. A valid Social Security Number (SSN) or Employer Identification Number (EIN).


Total cost = $550 to $1,425 (non-WAV)
$0 to $875 (WAV only)

  • $550 - two year license (non-wheelchair accessible vehicles only)
  • $75 - if the vehicle has been driven 500 miles or more
  • $800 - CMVT Tax for vehicles registered outside of New York City.

*If you are attaching a SHL to an FHV visit Get a Green Cab License

All TLC fees are non-refundable - no exceptions!

Vehicle Insurance Requirements

Please see the below chart for minimum insurance levels required for your vehicle based on the type of vehicle you own and the vehicle’s seating capacity (as per TLC rules, unless otherwise noted).

Vehicle Type

Seating Capacity

Minimum Insurance Levels


Livery Vehicle & Black Car

1-7 passengers

$100,000 per person
$300,000 per occurrence CSL
$200,000 PIP (Personal Injury Protection)

8-15 passengers

$1.5 Million per occurrence
$200,000 PIP

16-20 passengers

$5 million occurrence
$200,000 PIP

Luxury Limousine

1-7 passengers

$500,000 per person
$1 million per occurrence CSL
$200,000 PIP

8-15 passengers

$1.5 million occurrence
$200,000 PIP

16-20 passengers

$5 million occurrence
$200,000 PIP