Vehicle, Plate and Base Transfers

Vehicle, Plate and Base Transfers

Vehicle and Base Transfers

When to Apply for an FHV Vehicle or Base Transfer

  1. A vehicle transfer is done when a licensee/applicant changes the vehicle associated with the current vehicle license/application.
  2. A base transfer is done when the licensed vehicle needs to change from one base to another base.

Documents Needed

  • Transfer application – Must be printed and filled out;
  • Identification - Vehicle owner’s government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport);
  • Insurance Certificate - Only if the vehicle is changing (vehicle transfer) - Current For-Hire Insurance Certificate (FH-1) in the name of the vehicle licensee;
  • DMV Registration – Only if the vehicle is changing (vehicle transfer).

How to submit an Online Vehicle or Base Transfer Application

  1. Print the transfer application.

    Go to the TLC website located here and print the Transfer application form. Print the form and complete all sections.  Forms must be signed by the new base for all base transfers.

  2. Email the Transfer form and required documents to the TLC.

    Email the form and all documents to FHVTransfers@tlc.nyc.gov.  Once your documents are received, TLC will review the application and documents for approval.

  3. Receive an email from TLC.

    You will receive an email if your documents are accepted, giving you the total cost of your Vehicle and/or Base Transfer.  If payment is not made within 24-hours of TLC’s email, your transfer request will be rejected.

  4. Pay the transfer fee using LARS.

    Once you receive the TLC email, you will be able to log into https://www1.nyc.gov/lars/ and pay the fee that is due by clicking “Fees – Existing TLC License” – and entering your TLC VEHICLE license #, located on your TLC decal; your mailing zip code; and the last 5 digits of your vehicle corporation’s EIN or your individual SSN. 

  5. Receive inspection appointment.

    Once all documents are approved and the transfer fees have been paid, TLC will email you a vehicle inspection appointment where your vehicle will be inspected, and you will receive new TLC decals.  You can also view your inspection appointment through TLC UP, by visiting the TLC website, or clicking here to see inspection information.

Costs

  • $25 – Base Transfer.
  • $25 – Vehicle Transfer.
  • $75 – Inspection fee for vehicles with 500 miles or more.

All TLC fees are non-refundable - no exceptions!

Plate Transfer

– When TC plates are lost, stolen, damaged, or if vanity plates need to be replaced by TC plates.

When to Apply for an FHV Plate Transfer

  • Submit a completed transfer application, with all required documents, when TLC plates are lost, stolen, damaged, or confiscated.

Documents Needed

  • Transfer application – Must be printed and filled out;
  • Identification – Vehicle owner’s government issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport);
  • DMV Registration – Only if vehicle is registered outside NY State, or has custom plates; bring DMV registration showing new plates to the TLC Transfer appointment;
  • If applicable, DMV receipt (FS-6) showing that the plates were lost, stolen, confiscated, and/or repossessed.

How to Apply for an FHV Plate Transfer

  1. Complete a Transfer Application and Checklist (PDF).
  2. Schedule an appointment to submit your application.  Visit NYC TLC online appointment system.
  3. Bring your Transfer application and all required documents to your transfer appointment at TLC's Long Island City Licensing office.

Costs

  • $25 – Plate Transfer fee.

All TLC fees are non-refundable - no exceptions!

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