Drug Testing Requirements - TLC (2022)

TLC Licensed Drivers (Medallion, Street Hail Livery and For-hire vehicle drivers) must take and pass a drug test EVERY YEAR in order to keep their license current and valid. (Paratransit or Commuter Van Drivers are not drug tested by TLC.)

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New Applicant Drug Testing

New TLC Driver License Applicants must be tested to show that they are not using illegal substances.

You must go to a TLC approved drug test location to be tested. This requirement must be completed after submitting your TLC application.

To visit a TLC authorized drug test location you can either:

  • Call LabCorp (800) 923-2624 to schedule an appointment. Results take approximately 3 days.
  • Or be seen on a walk in basis at one of the seven locations on the New Driver Applicant Drug Test Information

INTERIM (Annual) DRUG TESTING

You must take and pass your drug test no more than ninety (90) days before the interim date. Drug tests taken earlier will be rejected. Failure to take your drug test on time will result in a suspension. Drug tests taken thirty (30) days or more after the interim date will remain on suspension and a $200 fine will be added. Your license will remain on suspension until:

  1. A drugtest is taken and passed.
  2. The openfine is paid.

Choose from the list of TLC approved LabCorp Locations to provide drug testing. Schedule an appointment by calling (800) 923-2624.

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A map, along with a list of LabCorp Drug Test Locations is available on NYC OpenData.

To check\confirm the date by which you are required to take your Interim Annual Drug Test click on the links below:
TLC Driver License (Medallion, Street Hail Livery, For Hire Vehicle) (xls).

Renewal Drug test

If you are a TLC driver in your renewal year, you must take and pass your drug test within the ninety (90) days before the expiration date on your license. Failure to take and pass your renewal year drug test will result in the expiration of your license.
Choose from the list of TLC approved LabCorp Locations to provide drug testing. Schedule an appointment by calling (800) 923-2624. A map, along with a list of LabCorp Drug Test Locations is available on NYC OpenData.

Drug Test Frequently Asked Questions

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I am a new applicant and I took my drug test, when will I receive my TLC license?

Once an applicant has completed and submitted all TLC requirements, the application will be thoroughly reviewed. The applicant will either receive his/her license in the mail or a letter requesting additional information necessary to continue the application process.

Applicants are encouraged to take their drug test as soon as the application has been submitted to the TLC.
Applications are valid for ninety (90) calendar days from the date it is submitted to TLC. If an applicant does not complete all the licensing requirements within ninety (90) days, the application will be denied. All application fees are non-refundable.

When do I need to take my Interim Annual (anniversary) drug test?

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TLC drivers who drive a Medallion Taxicab, Street Hail Livery and a For-Hire vehicle must take and pass their drug test every year up to ninety (90) days before the interim (anniversary) date of their license in order to keep the license valid.(Does not apply to Paratransit or Commuter Van Drivers.)

How do I schedule my drug test and where do I go?

You can schedule a Drug Test appointment by calling 1(800) 923 2624. Please go here for a list of Drug Test Locations

How long does it take for TLC to obtain the Drug Test results?

It takes three (3) business days for TLC to obtain the drug test results from LabCorp.

Who is required to take the Interim (anniversary) drug test?

All TLC drivers who drive a Medallion Taxicab, Street Hail livery and a For-Hire Vehicle must take the interim drug test. Paratransit and Commuter Van Drivers are not required to take the drug test.

What will happen to my license if I do not take my Interim (anniversary) drug test?

Failure to take your Interim (anniversary) drug test on time will result in a suspension. Your license will remain on suspension until a drug test is taken and passed. Drug tests taken thirty (30) or more days after the interim date will have a fine of $200 imposed.

Please note: If a fine is imposed, failure to timely pay the fine will result in license suspension even if you have taken and passed a drug test.

What is the difference between an Interim (anniversary) drug test and the Renewal year drug test?

If you are a TLC Driver who drives a Medallion Taxicab, a Street Hail Livery or a For-Hire Vehicle, and you are in an interim (anniversary) year on your license, you must take and pass your drug test up to ninety (90) days before your license’s anniversary date. Failure to take and pass your interim drug test will result in your license being suspended and fines being imposed.

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If you are a TLC driver who drives a Medallion Taxicab, a Street Hail Livery or a For-Hire Vehicle, and you are in your renewal year, you must take and pass your drug test within the ninety (90) days before the expiration date on your license. Failure to take and pass your renewal year drug test will result in the expiration of your license.

What happens if I fail my Interim (anniversary) drug test?

If you fail your interim (anniversary) drug test, the TLC will notify you by mail that you failed your drug test and your license will be suspended. The letter will also give you instructions on how to contest the drug test results if you wish to do so. You will then need to go to a hearing where you may be required to surrender your TLC driver license.

What happens if I fail my renewal year drug test?

If you fail your drug test during your renewal year, the TLC will notify you by mail that you have failed your drug test and your license will not be renewed. The letter will also give you instructions on how to contest the drug test results if you wish to do so. You will not be able to renew your license unless you successfully contest the failed drug test result.

Can I challenge a failed drug test?

Yes. If you were taking medication that you believe could have caused the positive result, you can send a clear copy of your prescription(s) from your pharmacy or physician.

For additional information, please download the instructions on How to Contest a Failed Drug Test.

Do I need to pay the Drug Test Fine if I no longer wish to be a TLC Driver?

If you have decided not to continue with your license you can surrender it immediately to the TLC. Download the form to cancel your license here. Failure to surrender your license could subject you to fines and penalties that will impact your ability to file a new application at a later date should you decide to obtain a new license.

Do I have to take a drug test if I do not drive?

Yes, regardless if you drive or not, you must take and pass the drug test ninety (90) days before your interim annual or expiration date to keep your license current and valid.

I will not be able to take my drug test because I will be out of town. What do I need to do?

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If you are in your interim (anniversary) year, you must take and pass your drug test ninety (90) days before your anniversary date or the license will be suspended. Failure to take your Interim (anniversary) drug test on time will result in a suspension. Your license will remain on suspension until a drug test is taken and passed.

Drug tests taken thirty (30) or more days after the interim date will have a fine of $200 imposed.

Please note: If a fine is imposed, failure to timely pay the fine will result in license suspension even if you have taken and passed a drug test.

If you are in your renewal year, you must take and pass your drug test ninety (90)days before your expiration date. Failure to take and pass your renewal year drug test before your expiration date will result in the license not being valid to operate For-Hire.

I am a police officer and received a drug test suspension letter. What do I need to do?

If you are currently a police officer, you need to request a drug test waiver at our Licensing facility, located at: 31-00 47th Avenue, 3rd floor, Long Island City, NY 11101. You must obtain an off duty form approved by your Commanding Officer and Human Resources

My TLC license is suspended because the TLC does not have a record of my most recent drug test. What do I need to do?

If you recently took a drug test please email the Chain of Custody form to tlccompliance@tlc.nyc.gov in order to have your record updated and suspension removed.

I received a letter stating I took my drug test too early. What do I need to do?

You must follow the instructions as stated on the letter or contact the compliance unit via email for additional information at tlccompliance@tlc.nyc.gov.

I need to take a drug test but I am unable to provide a urine sample due to medical reasons. What do I need to do?

To obtain information you may email the Compliance department at tlccompliance@tlc.nyc.gov. You will need to provide a letter issued by your doctor indicating you are unable to provide a urine sample due to medical reasons. Diagnosis is not required.

My TLC license has a suspension placed by the Legal Department. Do I have to take my drug test?

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Yes. Contact Labcorp at 1(800) 923-2624 to schedule an appointment.

What documents do I have to bring with me to take my drug test?

All new applicants must bring the TLC application payment receipt and their DMV license.
All current licensees must bring their TLC License and their DMV license with them.
ALL applicants or licensees must be ready to pay the required drug test fee when they appear for their drug test.

FAQs

Does TLC show up on a drug test? ›

TLC Licensed Drivers (Medallion, Street Hail Livery and For-hire vehicle drivers) must take and pass a drug test EVERY YEAR in order to keep their license current and valid.

How long do you need to be clean to pass a urine drug test? ›

Aside from launching a legal challenge, your best defense against urine testing is to be clean. Unfortunately, this may be difficult since urine tests may detect marijuana 1-5 days after an occasional use, 1-3 weeks in regular users, and 4-6 weeks in multiple daily users.

How soon can drugs be detected? ›

DrugHow soon after taking drug will there be a positive drug test?How long after taking drug will there continue to be a positive drug test?
Marijuana/Pot1-3 hours1-7 days
Crack (Cocaine)2-6 hours2-3 days
Heroin (Opiates)2-6 hours1-3 days
Speed/Uppers (Amphetamine, methamphetamine)4-6 hours2-3 days
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How many mL are needed for a drug test? ›

Q: How is a urine drug test collected? A: Urine drug testing requires a minimum of 30 mL of urine (45 mL for a U.S. Department of Transportation collection) collected in the privacy of a restroom.

How is TLC test done? ›

How is the TLC Test Performed? A blood sample is usually withdrawn from veins, and the blood sample is collected in a vial tube. The sample is analyzed in the laboratory, and the result is interpreted as a report.

Should I bring my prescriptions to a drug test? ›

It's a good idea for prospective employees going in for a drug test to take a copy of their prescription in order to avoid any serious misunderstandings during testing.

What is a good excuse for failing a drug test? ›

Common excuses for failing a drug test

I kissed my boyfriend after he smoked a joint. My dentist gave me something strong for a sore tooth. I ate a lot of poppy seed muffins for breakfast. I failed because of second-hand marijuana smoke.

Will 2 liters of water dilute urine? ›

Typically ingesting 1-2 liters or more within an hour of testing is sufficient to dilute most specimens for a 2–6 hour period. Diuretics such as caffeine and cranberry juice and some medications, including water pills may cause diluted urine samples.

What color should your pee be for a drug test? ›

The most optimal color for your urine is a pale yellow. If it is a darker yellow or orange, it can mean you are becoming dehydrated. An orange urine could indicate a serious liver condition. Darker brown can be caused by foods or medication.

How far back does a urine test go? ›

Drug testing specimen types

Illicit substances are detectable for only five to 10 days in urine; whereas, hair drug tests can detect drug or alcohol use for up to 90 days. Blood testing is very accurate, but costly and invasive. It does have a shorter detection period (minutes to hours), however.

How accurate are lab drug tests? ›

Even the best instant products can only guarantee 99% accuracy. The results are not being read by a lab scientist. In most cases, the results are being read by somebody at the point of collection or even a safety manager if it's a post accident taking place onsite.

How many half lives until drug is undetectable? ›

Also, people metabolize drugs at different rates depending on age, the presence of other drugs, as well as dietary and genetic factors. It takes around five half-lives for a drug to become undetectable. A half-life is the amount of time it takes for a drug concentration in the body to decrease by 50%.

Is 10 ml enough for a urine sample? ›

Collect at least 10 ml of urine. We try and standardize the volume of urine used for urinalysis. This is impossible to do if samples ranging from 0.5 ml (way too little to do anything useful with) to 100 ml are collected. In addition, we need a minimum of 10 ml of urine for electrophoresis.

How do you know if you passed a drug test? ›

Drug test results typically take 24 to 48 hours, depending on the type of test being performed (e.g., urine, hair or DOT). If Concentra serves only as the collection site for your drug tests, then results will be reported to you directly from your selected lab/third-party administrator, and result times may vary.

How much do you need to fill a urine sample? ›

A small amount of urine should initially fall into the toilet bowl before it is collected (this clears the urethra of contaminants). Then, in a clean container, catch about 1 to 2 ounces of urine and remove the container from the urine stream. The container is then given to the health care provider.

What is normal TLC? ›

The normal range for TLC is between 4,000 and 11,000 cells per cubic millimeter of blood.

How can I reduce my TLC count? ›

To lower your high white blood cell count, you should include the following in your diet: Vitamin C. Eating Vitamin C will help regulate the levels of white blood cells in your body. Fruits like lemons, oranges, and lime are rich in vitamin C, and so are papayas, berries, guavas, and pineapples.

What does high TLC mean? ›

An increase in TLC, known as leukocytosis, indicates acute infections and inflammation. It is followed up with other tests to determine the exact cause of the abnormal results.

What happens when you fail a drug test but have a prescription? ›

If you fail a drug test because you had medications in your system for which you have a prescription, a company typically can't rescind a job offer, but exceptions exist.

What is the most common pre employment drug test? ›

Urinalysis – A urine test is the most common form of pre-employment testing and is typically conducted once a conditional offer of employment has been sent. A urine test can show traces of drug use even after the effects of the drug have worn off and remain in the body for an extended period of time.

Is it better to fail a drug test or refuse? ›

Refusing to take a drug test is much like refusing to take a breathalyzer; it's your right to say no, but just taking the test is usually the better option. The question you pose shouldn't be whether you can refuse a drug test, but instead whether refusal is a smart decision. Drug tests are ordered for many reasons.

Can you still be hired after failing a drug test? ›

Failing a drug test in California means that an employer can legally deny you employment, or terminate your employment depending on the conditions of your hiring. Once you have been hired, the employer may choose to continue your employment but decline to promote you until you pass the next series of drug tests.

What foods can cause false positive drug test? ›

If you are mistakenly found positive for drug use, think about whether you have taken any substances known to cause false-positives.
...
False-Positive Results.
If you take or eat:You could test positive for:
Diet pillsAmphetamine
Sleep aidsBarbiturates
Poppy seeds*Opiates/morphine
Hemp food products**Marijuana
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What should you not do before a urine test? ›

How do you prepare for the test?
  1. Before the test, don't eat foods that can change the colour of your urine. Examples of these include blackberries, beets, and rhubarb.
  2. Don't do heavy exercise before the test.
  3. Tell your doctor ALL the medicines and natural health products you take.

Is clear urine Good? ›

Clear urine is a sign of good hydration and a healthy urinary tract. However, if they consistently notice clear urine and also have extreme or unusual thirst, it is best to speak to a doctor.

Why can't you flush after drug test? ›

The water in the toilets will likely be dyed, to prevent you from diluting or adulterating the sample. Unless there are reasons to suspect you will tamper with the specimen, you should be allowed to fill the specimen cup in the privacy of a closed toilet stall.

Is it better to pee clear or yellow? ›

When you're staying hydrated, your urine will be a light yellow, close-to-clear color. If you're getting dehydrated, you'll notice that your urine is becoming a deep amber or even light brown.

What color is a positive drug test? ›

Yellow and orange colors indicate a positive test result, while any other color is reported as a negative result. Supplementary File 1.

What does clear urine mean? ›

Clear urine sends a clear message: You may be drinking too much water. Now it's true your body needs water to stay hydrated and function properly. The basic rule of thumb is to aim for drinking 64 ounces of fluid a day to keep your system operating at peak efficiency.

Is it harder to pass a lab drug test? ›

What about accuracy? Lab-based drug tests are more accurate. We like to say they are more rigorous, more involved, and more defensible in a court of law, all of which are elements certain organizations must consider, particularly heavily regulated industries, like the DOT.

How sensitive are lab urine tests? ›

These screening tests tend to be fairly specific and highly sensitive for the drugs being analyzed. If a non-negative sample is detected, labs utilize technologies like gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS) to confirm the presence or absence of specific drugs, thereby preventing false positives.

What is the most accurate drug test? ›

Blood tests are the most accurate drug tests but are also the most expensive option. Another challenge with blood tests is that drugs do not stay in the blood long; for example, marijuana only stays in the blood for a few hours after a single use and stays for 24 hours for chronic users.

How is TLC used to identify drugs? ›

TLC can be used in forensic studies where body fluids, such as urine and blood can be tested for the presence of drugs. Acidic and neutral drugs can be identified by using octadecyl silica in the stationary phase, while plain silica and octadecyl silica can be used to identify basic drugs.

What is TLC in urine? ›

A thin-layer chromatography (TLC) procedure has been developed for the analysis of urine samples for benzoylecgonine and norpropoxyphene, the major metabolites of cocaine and propoxyphene, respectively.

What does TLC mean medically? ›

Originally developed by a large pediatric hospital*, TLC in this case stands for Touch, Look, and Compare. It's a mnemonic device that nurses are encouraged to follow when inspecting an IV insertion site to spot early warning signs of complications.

What is TLC drug used for? ›

This product also contains an opioid cough suppressant (antitussive) that affects a certain part of the brain, reducing the urge to cough. Antihistamines relieve watery eyes, itchy eyes/nose/throat, runny nose, and sneezing. Opioid cough suppressants should not be used by children younger than 18 years.

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