What is the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission?

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC), created in 1971, is the agency responsible for licensing and regulating New York City’s medallion (yellow) taxicabs, for-hire vehicles (community-based liveries, black cars and luxury limousines), commuter vans, and par transit vehicles. The Commission’s Board consists of nine members, eight of whom are unsalaried Commissioners. The salaried Chair/Commissioner presides over regularly scheduled public Commission meetings, and is the head of the agency, which maintains a staff of approximately 600 TLC employees assigned to various divisions and bureaus.

 

The TLC licenses and regulates over120,000 vehicles and approximately 160,000 drivers, and performs safety and emissions inspections of the 13,587 medallion taxicabs three times each year, as well as biennial inspections of all TLC-licensed For-Hire vehicles, making it the most active taxi and limousine licensing regulatory agency in the United States. To find out more about the TLC, or to review the agency’s procedures, rules and regulations and programs, you may review the constantly updated information available throughout this web site, or you may visit 311 Online.

 

The TLC EXAMS

 

All new TLC driver applicants must take a computer-administered test after the 24-hour class and score a least 70% to pass. The test can be re-taken as many times as required to pass within ninety (90) days of filing the license application. This is a computer-administered. Courses offered are: Map reading, local geography, Driver-passenger relations, Preparation for the City Knowledge. All geography questions on the examination are “open-book,” meaning that you are allowed to use a map and an address locator when answering these questions. Some of the questions on the examination are “closed-book,” meaning that you are allowed no external aids when answering these questions. Questions dealing with TLC Rules and Regulations are generally closed-book. (OMIT –  as are some questions dealing with the geography of the NYC area.)

So, if you are taking the TLC Exams, and want to pass them without fuss, here are 5 tips for you:

 

  • Meet the Licensing requirements:

TLC have some age, identification, driver’s license, and DMV records requirements. And to pass the exams you need to meet them.

For instance, an Applicant for a Taxicab Driver’s License must be at least 19 years of age and must produce a valid government-issued photo ID and a valid, original Social Security card. An Applicant must also have a Valid Chauffeur’s License and a summary of Driving Record. An Applicant whose driver’s license has been issued by a state other than New York must provide the Commission with an abstract of his or her driving record from the Applicant’s state of residence, dated no more than 30 days prior to the date of the Application.

 

  • Be Physically Fit:

 

An applicant must be of sound mental and physical condition and fit to safely operate a vehicle and your fitness must be certified by a physician licensed by NYS or the Applicant’s state of residence on forms provided by the Commission. An existing License can be suspended or revoked if the Driver fails to be examined for a physical or mental condition.

 

  • Speak and Understand English An applicant is not required to speak English. (Change): The 24-Hour TLC class and test can be taken in English, Spanish, Bengali, Urdu, Russian, Chinese and soon will be in Arabic.

Take Out An applicant must be able to speak, read, write and understand the English language. An Applicant is required to pass a test approved by the Commission.

  • Be Familiar with New York:

An applicant must be familiar with the geography, streets and traffic regulations of the City of New York, the rules and regulations of the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission and the Vehicle and Traffic Law of the State of New York.

 

  • Pass Drug Test:

 

All Applicants for new Taxicab Driver’s Licenses, except New York City Police Officers, must be tested, at the Applicant’s expense, for drugs or controlled substances. The Commission designates who can perform the drug test and will only designate an individual or entity that has a permit issued by the New York State Department of Health. If an Applicant tests positive for drugs or controlled substances, the Commission will deny the Applicant’s license. This decision is final.

 

What to do after you pass your TLC Drivers Exam

Congratulations on passing the TLC Driver’s exams. So what to do now? This article would guide you on what to do, and more. For those that do not know, what is TLC Drivers Exam?

The TLC Exam is a test by The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (NYC TLC), an agency of the New York City government that regulates the medallion taxis and for-hire vehicle industries, including app-based companies.

TLC driver applicants must take a computer-administered test after the 24-hour class and score a least 70% to pass. The test can be re-taken as many times as required to pass within ninety (90) days of filing the license application. This is a computer-administered. Courses offered are: Map reading, local geography, Driver-passenger relations, Preparation for the City Knowledge. Geography questions on the examination are “open-book,” meaning that you are allowed to use a map and an address locator when answering these questions. Some of the questions on the examination are “closed-book,” meaning that you are allowed no external aids when answering these questions. Questions dealing with TLC Rules and Regulations are generally closed-book. (Take out, no more as are some questions dealing with the geography of the NYC area.)

What to do after you pass your TLC Drivers Exam

Get a Taxi

TLC Driver License holders can drive taxis, For-Hire Vehicles, Transportation Network Company, TNC such as Lyft, Uber, Via Gett Jun and Street Hail Liveries. Paratransit and Commuter Van drivers are NOT included under the TLC Driver License and will still need to apply for and be issued a license specific to those vehicles.

Get Your License

TLC Driver license (allows you to drive Yellow Taxicab, Green Street Hail Livery and For-Hire Car Service), TLC Commuter Van Driver license and TLC Paratransit Driver license. Your license status may be checked on TLC’s Open Data web site. The status will be located on the Medallion Drivers ‐ Active Open Data list. Drivers should let their bases know that they can find them there.

Meet the Licensing requirements

TLC have some age, identification, driver’s license, and DMV records requirements. And to pass the exams you need to meet them.

For instance, an Applicant for a Taxicab Driver’s License must be at least 19 years of age and must produce a valid government-issued photo ID and a valid, original Social Security card. An Applicant must also have a Valid Chauffeur’s License and a summary of Driving Record. An Applicant whose driver’s license has been issued by a state other than New York must provide the Commission with an abstract of his or her driving record from the Applicant’s state of residence, dated no more than 30 days prior to the date of the Application.

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