In any licensed profession, whether you are a doctor, teacher, or building contractor, there comes a time when you must renew your license. The goal of this is to ensure that those who are in these positions continue to operate at the highest levels of competency. This is true of drivers of the Taxi and Limousine Commission too. Driving around on an expired license can lead to fines and jail time, so being familiar with the process of renewing your NYC TLC license is vital.
What Is Needed To Renew
Before you can complete a renewal application, you will need to pay off any outstanding tickets or taxes. Then, you will have to supply certain documents and training. Those renewing their license must confirm their name, address, telephone, and email address, and provide their NYS DMV license or DMV abstract if they are from out of state.
In addition, applicants must turn in their certificate of completion from a NYS DMV certified Defensive driving course from within the last three years. If your certificate is older, you will need to retake the course. Applicants will also need to watch a brief sex trafficking awareness video and pass a drug test. All information, documents, and applications, as well as the $252 non-refundable renewal fee, can be turned in on the TLC’s License Applications, Renewals, and Summonses (LARS) page.
When To Apply
Because it can take some time to process applications for renewal, it is always better to renew your TLC license well before its expiration date. License holders are allowed to submit an application for renewal up to ninety days before the expiration date.
If your license is already expired, that doesn’t mean you have to give up driving completely. You can apply for renewal for up to 180 days after the license expires. However, you will be charged a $25 late fee, and your license will still be considered expired until your paperwork has been processed.
Renewing a Medallion
If you are an NYC Taxi medallion holder, renewals must occur every two years. This renewal must be turned in by April 30th, allowing it to be processed and renewed by the expiration date of May 31st. As with TLC licenses, renewal paperwork can be turned in after April 30th, but a $25 late charge will be applied, and medallions will be considered expired until renewal paperwork can be processed.
Don’t be caught off guard by your license expiration date! The last thing we want is for your NYC TLC rental to go to waste while you’re waiting for your license to be renewed.