A TLC license is needed to drive a taxi in New York City. The TLC License application can be submitted online through TLC website. You can check TLC Driver License Application status from Taxi & Limousine Commission (TLC) database using application number.
In New York City, any driver picking up passengers for-hire must have a TLC Driver’s License issued by the Taxi and Limousine Commission (TLC). You can submit application for TLC Driver’s License here