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    Special New York Driver's License

    Depending on the type of vehicle you want to drive, you may need to apply for a special driver's license through the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Certain license classes and endorsements allow you to:

    • Drive heavy-weight vehicles.
    • Transport over 16 passengers.
    • Carry hazardous materials.

    On this page you'll find some general information about a few of the New York license classes and endorsements available to you.

    If you need information about obtaining a regular driver's license, please visit our pages on the following topics:

    NY Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

    Some vehicles and driving professions require you to hold a commercial driver's license. The application process is similar to that of your noncommercial driver's license, however, you'll likely need to:

    • Be medically certified.
    • Pass commercial licensing knowledge tests.
    • Pass a driving test in a commercial vehicle.

    For more information about obtaining a commercial driver's license, please visit our Applying for a New CDL in New York page.

    School Bus Drivers

    You're going to need a commercial driver's license. You also must:

    • Be at least 21 years old.
    • Have a "P" endorsement and possibly an "S" endorsement. If you're not driving students between school and home and you drive a coach bus, you don't need the "S" endorsement. See this information page for more details.
    • Pass a physical.
    • Pass a criminal background check.
    • Be fingerprinted.

    Questions? Contact New York's State Education Department or the New York DMV.

    Shuttle Drivers

    A commercial driver's license (CDL) is not required if you operate a hotel/courtesy shuttle van or bus that carries under 15 passengers. However, if you operate a shuttle for-hire that carries 14 passengers or less, a Class E license is required.

    For further information, either check with your employer or contact New York's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) directly.

    New York Taxi License Requirements

    Everywhere Else Except New York City (Upstate)

    Check with your local town or city government. Requirements vary with each municipality.

    New York City Taxi License Requirements

    • Must be at least 19 years old.
    • Provide proof of your address.
    • Provide your Social Security card.
    • Submit a notarized NYC Office of Child Support Enforcement form.
    • Must own a valid DMV chauffeur's license from either New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.
    • Be free of unpaid tickets or summons.
    • Complete a defensive driving course within 6 months of applying.
    • Must be fingerprinted.
    • Must pass a drug test.
    • Must complete a taxi school requirement after submitting your application.

    Chauffeur License Requirements in NY

    New York City Chauffeur License Requirements

    • Must be at least 19 years old.
    • Provide proof of your address.
    • Provide your Social Security card.
    • Submit a notarized a NYC Office of Child Support Enforcement form.
    • Own a valid DMV chauffeur's license from either New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, or Pennsylvania.
    • Be free of unpaid tickets or summons.
    • Complete a defensive driving course within 6 months of applying.
    • Must be fingerprinted.
    • Must pass a drug test.

    Everywhere Else Except New York City (Upstate)

    Chauffeur license requirements for upstate applicants include:

    • Must own a Class E license.
    • Must be at least 18 years old.

    Bear in mind your employer may impose additional requirements.

    Questions? Contact New York's DMV.

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