Get a license to drive a taxi or livery vehicle

To drive taxis and other livery vehicles in New York State, you must be 18 years of age or older and you must have a driver license that is one of these classes

  • Class A commercial driver license (CDL)
  • Class B CDL
  • Class C CDL
  • Class E driver license 

 

Important: New York offers three types of documents

Document Type

Enhanced
(EDL)

Federal
REAL ID

Standard*

Displayed on documentFlag displayed on EnhancedStar displayed on REAL ID documentsNot for Federal Purposes displayed on Standard documents
IdentificationYesYesYes
Boarding a domestic (U.S.) flight, entering a Federal
Building or Military Base (starting October, 2020)
YesYesNo
U.S. Border Crossing from Canada, Mexico and some
Caribbean countries
YesNoNo

*If your license or permit was issued before October 30, 2017 and is not Enhanced, you have a Standard document. 

Learn more about Enhanced, REAL ID and Standard documents

 

Change from a Class D to a Class E license


Step 1: Complete either an

 

Step 2: Determine what identification you need to bring to the DMV

  • if you want a REAL ID or Enhanced, complete this document guide to know what proofs of identity to bring to an office
    • On the first page, select: Change my existing NY State license/ID to a REAL ID or Enhanced
  • if you want a Standard that will display "NOT FOR FEDERAL PURPOSES", bring your current NY State license as proof of identity

 

Step 3: Go to the DMV

  • surrender your Class D license.
  • apply and pay for your Class E license
    • the fee depends on the expiration date of your current driver license - we cannot calculate your fee until you apply
  • take the vision test or prove that you meet our vision requirements

Step 4: Get your Class E license in the mail

 Allow 2 weeks for your new  license to arrive.

 

If you do not have New York State driver license

If you do not have a driver license, learn how to apply for your first driver license. Apply for a Class E driver license instead of a Class D driver license. The Class D license and the Class E license both require the same vision, written and road tests.

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission (T&LC) regulates taxi drivers and livery drivers in New York City. If you plan to drive a taxi or livery vehicle in New York City, contact the Taxi and Limousine Commission.