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How to become a New York Taxi Driver

By: staff

Date: Monday, 23. August 2010

Over the coming months we will be running a series of articles on different driving jobs around the world, and the various requirements you will need to meet to qualify for these jobs. In this article we are looking at the job of the New York City Taxi Driver.

Because of very high turnover rates in the industry, there is a constant demand for new taxi drivers in New York City. Salary levels vary as tips can account for up to 40% of the income of these drivers. According to Terry Gelber , a Licensed New York City Taxi Driver, drivers can expect to earn 'from less than a hundred dollars per shift to as much as three hundred fifty dollars per shift'.

If you are interested in becoming a Taxi Driver in New York, our step-by-step guide below will take you through the process.

Steps to becoming a NYC taxi driver:

Step 1: the basic requirements

New York City Taxi Driver licenses are issued by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). The license is issued for a probationary period of one year and can be renewed for two-year periods thereafter.

To apply for a Taxi License you need to have a valid New York State DMV Chauffeurs License and be at least 19 years old. You can obtain a chauffeur's license by visiting your local New York, New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). This license must be the equivalent to a New York state class A, B, C or E license.

Your license should have no more than 7 DMV points within the 18-months preceding your application.

Step 2: prepare the paperwork

Submit a copy of your driving history from your local DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles). This Certified Abstract (State Driver Record) must be stamped or sealed and cannot be older than 30 days from the date you submit your application.

You must also submit your Social Security card (copies and laminated Social Security Cards are NOT accepted).

Applications must include a TLC medical form completed and signed by a medical doctor. It must NOT be older than 6 months from the date you submit your application and must include an official stamp from the medical practitioner.

Step 3: your finances

You will be required to show proof that you do not have any outstanding fines to the DMV for traffic violations or parking tickets. If your license is from New Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania, you need a certified statement from your local DMV stating that you have no outstanding fines. You must also fill out a Child Support Certification Form even if you don't have children - this indicates that you do not have any outstanding child support payments.

Step 4: the training

All potential New York Taxi Drivers must complete a defensive driving course. The course will be 6 hours in length and cost around $50 and must be completed within 6 months of filing your application.

All applicants must attend an approved taxi school for either the 80-hour or the 24-hour course. According to the Taxi and Limousine Commission 'taking the 80-hour course increases your chances of passing the taxi exam because it covers additional material not covered in the 24-hour course'.

After completing this course you must pass the English proficiency test and the written exam based on the course. The taxi course must be completed before you can take the test and both must be completed in the same taxi school.

Step 5: the application

Complete the Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) driver application and have Form A notarized.

Remember to bring:

You can file your application in either of the locations below:

32-02 Queens Boulevard,
Long Island City, NY 11101
Open: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
No Appointments Required

1893 Richmond Terrace,
Staten Island, NY 10302
Open: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Monday through Friday
Appointment Required
Call (718) 815-3734 or 815-3735

Step 6: the drug test

Drug testing is mandatory for all New York Taxi License applicants and testing can only be carried out in a TLC approved clinic. Drug testing can only be done after submitting your TLC application and instructions will be given to you when you file your application.

If you have any tips/ questions or general comments about New York Taxi driver licensing, please post them below.

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hello, i am Francisco, i am 19 years old and since 8 months taxi driver in portugal, i`ve got made a 550hours formation in lisbon to be a taxi driver. i am a multilingual speeker. the point is , i have the dream to work in the usa, and because of my experience i am schore that taxi driver would be a god experience, please could somebody help me by sending me some clear steps? i would be realy greatful. is it possible to drive a cab outside my country with my portuguesse taxi driver licence? thank you

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Doghor Jonathan,

hello sir,am jonathan from nigeria,30yrs old,172 height,am a driver in a reputable transport company here in warri,can one become a taxi driver in the USA even if he has someone to purchase one for him?,if yes then how do one go about it


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salou Maliki,

i am call Salou Maliki and i live in west African a Country call Ghana, New York has my dream place, so how can i join the drivers list?? i wil be grateful to be part of New york Taxi drivers list, If there is anything u can do to help. thank u so for your time u spent read my comment. staff,

Hi Lee - according to the TLC the 80 hour course-$325 and 24 hour course-$175 - check out the links in the article for approved training centers for more details


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