To Get A Hack License In New York City
A New York City Taxi Drivers
License is called a “Hack License”. Officially it is known as a New
York City Taxi Operators License. The license allows the holder /
driver to operate a Yellow Medallion Taxicab in the Five Boroughs of
the City of New York. Only a Yellow Medallion Taxicab is permitted
to pick up passengers hailing from the street in the City. The Hack
license, issued through The New York City Taxi & Limousine
Commission, is the only license for operating a Yellow Taxicab.
There are other licenses issued by
the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission for car service and
limousines but they can not be used to operate the Yellow Taxicab.
The Hack license however can be used to operate a limousine or car
service vehicle. This fact makes the Hack License the most valuable
of NYC T&LC issued operator licenses, as well as the most
There are approximately 44,000
drivers carrying a Hack License in New York City today.
HOW TO GET A HACK LICENSE IN
The Process and Requirements
All applicants for a New York City Taxi Hack
License must be no less than nineteen (19) Years of age
Applicants are required to have, a Class A, B,
C, or E N.Y. State Drivers License, or a license from New
Jersey, Connecticut or Pennsylvania of a similar class.
Most licenses in New York State are Class D.
To change a license from a class D to a class E
one must go to the Department of Motor Vehicles and pay an
There will be no test.
The fee will be approximately fifty dollars.
A problem with how to get a hack
license is that an applicant must owe no outstanding parking, or
traffic summonses. If money is owed to the New York City for parking
or traffic violations it must paid, or a documented settlement
agreement with the appropriate agency must be presented to the NYC
T&LC licensing division.
All applicants for a New York City
Taxi Hack License must be citizens, or legal residents of the United
Applicants are also required to
attend a New York State certified, six-hour Defensive Driving
This course must be attended no longer than six
months prior to the date an application is filed with the New
York City Taxi & Limousine Commission for a Hack License.
The number one provider of defensive driving
courses for New York City Taxi Drivers is the Master Cabbie Taxi
Academy. Mastercabbie.com. Classes are available six days per
week. The price is $45. or $39. with online registration.
The medical requirement for How to
Get A Hack License is contained on Form B of the New York City Taxi
& Limousine Commission Taxi Drivers Application which must be
completed by a certified Medical Doctor.
The application for the New York City Hack
License must be submitted in person to the New York City Taxi &
Limousine Commission at either 32-02 Queens Blvd. Long Island
City N.Y. 11101 Monday through Friday 9AM to 4PM.
There is a second submission location in Staten
Island. Open Monday, Tuesday and Thursdays at 1893 Richmond
Terrace Staten Island NY 10302.
No walk-ins are permitted at the Staten Island
To make an appointment call: 212-227-6324.
At the time of application submission the
applicant will be required to pay a sixty dollar application
fee. The fee must be paid by money order made payable to the NYC
At the time of application submission the
applicant must pay a seventy-five dollar for fingerprinting fee.
The fee must be paid by money order made payable to
All applicants for the Hack
License are required to be tested for illegal drugs. The Hack
License will not be issued to any person not completing the test.
The New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission
approved drug testing center for new applicants is located at
31-00 47th Ave. Long Island City NY 11101.
The center is open Monday through Friday from
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Payment must be made by money order made payable
to Lab Corp. Inc.
Persons applying for the Hack License and
failing the drug test will be directed to a licensing standards
hearing conducted by the New York City Taxi & Limousine
Commission. Following the hearing the application for the Hack
License may be denied a license.
The most time consuming aspect of
how to get a hack license in NYC is mandatory pre-license training
for all New York City Hack Licensees. The training is in taxi
related subjects, conducted by approved training institutions. The
minimum training requirement is a twenty-four hour program. The
program consists of a three day course, eight hours per day, with
three basic components. Geography/Map Reading, Rules and Regulations
/ Defensive Driving and Customer
There is also a course for Eighty
Hours available consisting of nine eight hour days of classroom
training, and one day of testing. (The NYC TAXI OPERATORS EXAM.) The
eighty hour program is the original taxi driver training program on
which the New York City Taxi driver exam is based.
There are other programs for how
to get a hack license available which have no time constraints. The
most prominent such program is conducted by Master Cabbie Taxi
Academy. The programs are unlimited in length, so long as the
student maintains a regular schedule at the school, and does not
have to re-learn what had been taught previously.
Certain unlimited programs include
all fees needed for the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission.
This service allows persons utilizing credit to have Master Cabbie
Taxi Academy make the fee’s available when the student is ready for
each phase of the Hack licensing process This removes the need to
purchase money orders for which only cash can be used.
The taxi driver test for how to
get a hack license in New York City consists of two parts. It is
administered by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission each
week at the Master Cabbie Taxi Academy.
The Hack License applicant must successfully
complete an English Proficiency as part of the exam. It is a low
level ESL exam for basic, English proficiency, consisting of
four parts. There are thirty questions, fifteen of which are
fill-ins, and fifteen of which are multiple choice. An applicant
must score twenty-one correctly to pass the exam. Applicants
failing the exam are allowed to sit for a second exam on another
date. Applicants failing the exam for a second time must submit
a new application to the New York City Taxi & Limousine
Commission if they wish to continue the process of obtaining a
New York City Hack License.
The final step in the process of How To Get A
Hack License in NYC is, The New York City Taxi Operators exam.
The Taxi Operators exam consists of two parts. One part is open
book and the other is closed book. Part One consists of ten
questions. The applicant is allowed to use a Five (5) Borough
New York City Atlas and a Street address locator during this
portion of the exam. For this portion of the exam forty-five
minutes is allowed.
Part Two of the New York City Taxi Operators
exam allows the applicant seventy-five minutes and consists of
forty questions. Approximately twelve questions will pertain to
rules and regulations and defensive driving questions. The
remaining twenty-eight questions will pertain to geography,
landmarks, highways, air, bus and train terminals, etc.
Applicants must answer thirty-five questions correctly, scoring
seventy percent, or better, to pass the exam. Applicants failing
the exam are allowed to sit for a second exam on another date.
Applicants failing the exam for a second time must submit a new
application to the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission if
they wish to continue the process.
Taxi drivers in New York City earn
as much as one thousand dollars per week and more.
If you wish to apply for a New
York City Hack License please contact Master Cabbie Taxi Academy.
www.mastercabbie.com or 718-472-1699 or 1-800-955-TAXI. Terry
Gelber has a NYC Hack License.
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