The TLC commissioners approved a one-year extension of the FHV vehicle license pause. As part of this extension, an additional exception to the pause was added. In addition to the wheelchair accessible vehicle and lease-to-own exceptions, beginning August 14, 2019, owners of electric vehicles may also receive a new FHV vehicle license. Read below to learn about each of these exceptions.


Want to purchase a wheelchair accessible vehicle?

Purchasing a wheelchair accessible vehicle helps the City’s for-hire fleet be more accessible to all New Yorkers. Owners of wheelchair accessible vehicles may apply for a new FHV vehicle license if their vehicle meets TLC’s Accessible Vehicle Requirements:

Accessible Vehicle Requirements

An original letter from an approved vehicle modifier is required indicating that the modifications done to the vehicle have been done, in accordance with ADA regulations and specifications, and that the vehicle is considered a wheel chair accessible vehicle in compliance with all applicable ADA specifications and requirements.


Proof of DOT Authority to operate as a provider of Wheelchair Accessible Transportation Services.


  • Be free of all markings indicating the vehicle is especially designated for the transportation of disabled or seriously ill persons. Such as words like:

    • Ambulette
    • Invalid Coach
    • Para-transit - This includes signs like Wheel Chair Insignia

Download the full list of ADA/TLC specifications. (

For more information on the makes and models of vehicles currently approved for use as a Taxicab, visit the Vehicles Approved as Taxicabs page.

Examples of vehicles that meet TLC’s accessible vehicle requirements can be found within the Approved Vehicle List on the Yellow Cab Hack-Up page.


Are you in a lease–to–own agreement?

In certain limited circumstances, TLC will issue a new FHV license to owners who entered into a long-term lease with an option to purchase the vehicle AND the owner has taken ownership of the vehicle pursuant to the lease–to–own agreement. Applications under the lease–to–own exception will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. More information about this process can be found in the Lease to Own Guidelines.


Conditional Sales/Lease to Own Guidelines

Below are the general guidelines for applicants applying for new for-hire vehicle license applications with the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC) under the conditional/lease to own provisions of local law. All documents submitted must be clear and legible.


The applicant must possess a TLC driver’s license at the time of application.

Name on TLC driver’s license must correspond with the license # on FHV trip records when verified by TLC.

The applicant name, name of the lessee and purchaser of the vehicle must all be the same as the name on the TLC driver’s license.

When the applicant is a corporation, corporate meeting minutes denoting officers must be submitted in order to identify who will sign the lease agreement on behalf of the corporation and which corporate officer possesses the TLC driver license.

Terms of the Lease

The effective date (start/commencement date) of the lease must be noted in the text of the agreement and cannot be after August 14, 2018.

The Vehicle Identification number (VIN) of the vehicle must be specified in the text of the agreement.

The terms of the lease must include an option for the lessee to purchase the vehicle.

The terms of the lease must indicate that the time period of the lease is no less than 2 years.

Each page of the lease agreement must have lessee and lessor initials or signatures and dated if required.

The VIN in the lease agreement must correspond with the VIN on the FHV trip record when verified by TLC.

Proof of Vehicle Ownership

The applicant must provide a copy of both the front and back of the title for the vehicle specified in the lease agreement to be licensed.

If the back of the Title is completed, dates and signatures of both the seller and buyer must be indicated.

The vehicle owner name specified on the vehicle title must be the name of the applicant that currently possesses the TLC driver’s license.

How to Apply for a (Conditional) Lease to Own Vehicle License

Step 1- Go to your base and have them submit a digital base affirmation via TLC Up ( in TLC Up.

Step 2- Once the digital base affirmation is submitted you will receive an email with an SRS#; Reply to the email with required documents for a faster review. Documents may also be submitted directly to TLCFHVCONDITIONAL@TLC.NYC.GOV which could take up to 10 business days to review and process.

Step 3- Once your documents are approved, you will receive two emails:

  1. Email #1 – Approval email with the vehicle application attached. This application must be completed and submitted in-person during your appointment.

  2. Email #2 – Appointment confirmation email informing vehicle owner to go to TLC LIC facility at a specific date and time and submit new application and relative fees.

Step 4– If and when your new vehicle application is approved for processing, you will immediately receive your TLC plates from our TLC DMV Office located at the TLC LIC facility.

Please note: You must have your valid insurance documents with you.

Step 5– Once you have your TC plates, you will be scheduled for a DMV or Visual inspection at the Woodside inspection facility.

Step 6– Once your vehicle passes inspection, your vehicle license will become active and will show up on the “Active Vehicle” Open data list on the TLC website at 24-48 hours.


Considering an electric vehicle?

Electric vehicle owners provide clean, green for-hire transportation. Electric vehicles are vehicles powered only by a battery. Vehicles with a gas tank (such as hybrids and plug-in hybrids) are NOT electric vehicles, and are not eligible for the electric vehicle exception.


Examples of electric vehicles

  • Chevrolet Bolt
  • Nissan Leaf
  • Tesla Model 3

Examples of vehicles that are NOT electric

  • Chevrolet Volt
  • Toyota Highlander Hybrid
  • Toyota Prius Prime Plug-In Hybrid

Before you purchase or lease an electric vehicle, there are a few important factors you should consider.

How far can the vehicle travel on one charge?

Most electric vehicles can travel less distance after each charge than a gas powered vehicle with a full tank. The vehicle you are considering should have a range longer than the miles you cover in a typical work day, or you should know where you can charge your vehicle during breaks in your workday.

Also consider the impacts summer and winter temperatures have on an electric vehicle’s range. Cold temperatures during the winter months, along with electric heat needed to warm the inside of a vehicle, can greatly reduce an electric vehicle’s range.

Summer temperatures, along with air conditioning to cool the inside of a vehicle, also reduces range. Other electric vehicle owners and dealers can help you understand the range you should reasonably expect from an electric vehicle.

How long does it take to charge the vehicle?

Unlike gas powered cars, which can add hundreds of miles of range after only a few minutes at the gas pump, owners of electric vehicles must consider the time it takes to recharge their vehicles. The time to fully recharge an electric vehicle depends on the vehicle as well as the type of charger used. Level 1 charger, which use standard household electric, only add between 2 and 5 miles of range for every hour the vehicle is charged. Level 2 chargers, the most commonly available chargers, add around 20 miles of range per hour. DC Fast Chargers can add around 90 miles of range in about 30 minutes.

Where can I charge the vehicle?

New York State has an easy-to-read vehicle charging guide on at-home and public chargers.


Charging Options

In addition to more than 2,000 charging stations around New York State, there are multiple home charging options that make it very convenient to own an electric car.

Convenient Charging Options for Electric Cars

Electric car drivers have various options available to plug in and charge the car’s batteries. For the majority of users, charging needs can be fulfilled at home. If you have a battery powered car, that means no more trips to the gas station.

The most basic charger is a standard home outlet. Simply plug in the electric car adapter provided by the manufacturer, and your car will charge. You also have the option of buying a faster home charging station from local retailers. A qualified electrician must install it in your garage or outdoors.

Over 2,000 charging stations are also available across New York State to recharge electric cars while drivers are at work, shopping, or at other destinations. Commercial charging stations generally expedite vehicle charging when time is limited.

Many car models offer mobile app connectivity for monitoring and setting charge times.


Understanding Charging Options

There are several ways to charge your electric car at home, starting with the standard home outlet.

Charging Options When You’re Home

Charging Options Away from Home

When you’re away from home, there are 2,000+ charging stations that you can take advantage of across New York State. All Level 2 charging stations have a common plug that all electric cars can use, while DC fast chargers may not be compatible with every model.

Charging Stations Make All Around Business Sense

Do you manage a commercial property, a retail store, a public parking facility, a multifamily building, or a similar type of site? If so, becoming an EV charging station owner may be good for business. Your facility can serve as an attractive destination for the tens of thousands of electric vehicle owners in New York State, whether they may be your customers or tenants. Not only do electric car drivers like to “top off” wherever they go, but many savvy consumers plan longer trips with charging breaks in mind.

Support may be available to reduce the cost of your charging station installation. Alternatively, if you are a charging station installer or inspector, now is a good time to brush up on all the installation best practices, as demand for charging stations is expected to increase, from homes and businesses to municipalities.

Alternatively, if you are a charging station installer or inspector, now is a good time to brush up on all the installation best practices, as demand for charging stations is expected to increase, from homes and businesses to municipalities.

Through the Charge NY program, NYSERDA has developed many resources to help prospective charging station host facilities and charging station operators.

Most electric vehicles are charged overnight at the owner’s home. In NYC, many owners do not have the option of plugging in their vehicle at home in a garage overnight. If charging your vehicle at home is an option for you, you will need to have a charger professionally installed at your home. Purchasing a vehicle charger and having it installed in your home can cost up to $2,000. New York State has an interactive map of all public electric vehicle chargers.


Electric Vehicle Station Locator:

We recommend you visit charging locations you are considering using to confirm the charger is compatible with the vehicle you are considering, to see if there is a line to use the charger, and to find out if you are charged to access to the charger’s location. Chargers in parking garages are typically available only to owners who have paid to enter the garage.

Can I receive State and Federal incentives when purchasing or leasing an electric vehicle?

New York State rebates and Federal Tax incentives can help offset the additional cost of purchasing an electric vehicle. However, New York State and the US government have unique criteria for who is eligible to receive these incentives, as well as which vehicles are eligible under these programs. New York State lists available state and federal incentives for electric vehicles.


How the Drive Clean Rebate Works

More than 40 models of electric cars are available from major automobile manufacturers today. Find out which one best fits your driving style.

Open to all New York State residents, the Drive Clean Rebate offers a point-of-sale rebate towards the purchase or lease of a new electric car. Taking advantage of the Drive Clean Rebate is very easy: simply purchase a qualifying electric car from a participating dealer, and a discount of up to $2,000 will be applied when you pay. Combine that with a Federal Tax Credit of up to $7,500, and it’s an opportunity you wouldn’t want to miss.

Drive Clean Rebate Amounts

The rebate that you will get on your new electric car depends on how much battery only range the car has. The following table outlines the rebate thresholds. If you already have a specific car model in mind, view the Drive Clean Rebate amount for each qualifying model.

Drive Clean Rebate For Electric Cars

The Drive Clean Rebate amount depends on the EPA all-elecric range for that car models

Greater than 120 miles $2,000 OFF
40 to 119 miles $1,700 OFF
20 to 39 miles $1,100 OFF
Less than 20 miles $500 OFF
Electric cars with MSRP>$60,000 (MSRP is the
manufacturer’s suggested retail price)
$500 OFF


Drive Clean Rebate Eligible Models

With more than 40 car models to choose from that qualify for the Drive Clean Rebate, you’re bound to find an electric car that best fits your style, budget and driving needs. Any new car sale of the models in the following table are eligible for the rebate, regardless of model year. Unless a specific model year is indicated, all model years of a car model are eligible for the same rebate amount.

Learn more about these models through the “Drive Change. Drive Electric.” campaign.

Make & Model All-Electric Range(miles) Base MSRP Fuel Economy (MPGe) Federal Tax Credit NY Rebate Vehicle Type
Audi e-tron 204 $74,800 74 $7,500 $500 Battery Electric
Audi A3 e-tron 16 $38,900 83 $4,502 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW 330e iPerformance 14 $44,100 71 $4,001 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW 530e 16 $53,400 72 $4,668 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW 530e XDrive 14 $55,700 67 $4,668 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW 740e XDrive 14 $91,250 64 $4,668 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric

BMW i3 2016-18

81-114 $42,400 112-124 $7,500 $1,700 Battery Electric
BMW i3 2019 153 $44,500 113 $7,500 $2,000 Battery Electric
BMW i3 REx 2016-18 97 $47,450 109-111 $7,500 $1,700 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW i3 REx 2019 126 $48,300 100 $7,500 $2,000 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW i8 14 $140,700 76 $3,793 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
BMW X5 xDrive40e 14 $62,100 56 $4,668 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Cadillac ELR 40 $65,000 85 $7,500 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Cadillac ELR Sport 36 $65,000 80 $7,500 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Chevrolet Bolt 238 $36,620 119 $3,750 $1,700 Battery Electric
Chevrolet Volt 53 $33,520 106 $3,750 $1,700 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Chrysler Pacifica 32 $39,995 82 $7,500 $1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Ford C-MAX Energi-2016 19 $31,770 88 $4,007 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Ford C-MAX Energi-2017 20 $27,120 95 $4,007 $1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Ford Focus Electric 115 $29,170 105 $7,500 $1,700 Battery Electric
Ford Fusion Energi-2016 19 $33,900 88 $4,007 $500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Ford Focus Energi-2017,2018,2019 26 $34,595 103 $4,585 $1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Honda Clarity Plug-In Hybrid 47 33,400 110 7,500 1,700 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Hyundai Kona Electric 258 36,540 120 7,500 1,700 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Hyundai Ioniq Electric 124 29,815 136 7,500 2,000 Battery Electric
Hyundai Ioniq Plug-In Hybrid 29 25,350 119 4,543 1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Hyundai Sonata Plug-In Hybrid 27 34,600 99 4,919 1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Jaguar I-PACE 234 69,850 76 7,500 500 Battery Electric
Kia Niro Electric 239 39,495 112 7,500 2,000 Battery Electric
Kia Niro Plug-In Hybrid 26 28,200 105 4,543 1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Kia Optima Plug-In Hybrid 29 35,290 103 4,919 1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Kia Soul EV 111 22,950 108 7,500 1,700 Battery Electric
Mercedes-Benz B250e 87 39,900 84 7,500 1,700 Battery Electric
Mecedes-Benz GLE550e 8 66,700 43 4,085 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Mecedes-Benz S550e 12 96,600 58 4,043 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Mecedes-Benz C350e 8 47,900 51 3,417 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Mecedes-Benz GLC 350e 9 50,650 56 4,460 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
MINI Cooper S E Country ALL4 12 36,900 65 4,001 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Mitsubishi i-MiEV 59 22,995 112 7,500 1,700 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Mitsubishi Outlander 22 35,795 74 5,836 1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Nissan LEAF-2018,2019 150 29,990 112 7,500 2,000 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Porsche Cayenne S E-Hybrid 14 79,900 47 6,712 500 Battery Electric
Porsche Panamera 4 E-Hybrid 16 99,600 46 6,670 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Porsche Panamera S E-Hybrid 15 96,100 51 4,752 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
smart electric fortwo cabriolet 57 28,100 102 7,500 1,700 Battery Electric
smart electric fortwo coupe 58 25,390 108 7,500 1,700 Battery Electric
Subaru Crosstrek Hybrid 17 34,995 90 4,502 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Tesla Model 3 Long Range 310 47,990 116 1,875 2,000 Battery Electric
Tesla Model 3 Performance 310 54,990 116 1,875 2,000 Battery Electric
Tesla Model S 285-370 75,000 104-111 1,875 500 Battery Electric
Tesla Model X 255-325 81,000 79-96 1,875 500 Battery Electric
Toyota Prius Prime 25 27,600 133 4,502 1,100 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Volkswagen e-Golf-2016 83 28,995 116 7,500 1,700 Battery Electric
Volkswagen e-Golf-2017,2018,2019 125 31,895 119 7,500 2,000 Battery Electric
Volvo XC90 T8 17 66,300 62 5,169 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Volvo XC60 T8 17 52,900 58 5,169 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric
Volvo S90 T8 21 63,900 71 5,169 500 Plug-In Hybrid Electric

We encourage you to review this information as well as speak with a NYS participating electric vehicle dealer to learn more about available incentives.

To begin your application for an FHV vehicle license, your base must submit a Base Affirmation with TLC. More information on how to apply can be found on the Get a For-Hire Vehicle License section of the TLC website.