Tow Truck Company

A business must have a Tow Truck Company license if it tows vehicles for profit within the five boroughs of New York City.

Every tow truck operator is required to have a Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) issued Tow Truck Company license, and a separate Tow Truck Driver license is required for each driver.  (See Tow Truck Driver license for more information.)

Additionally, if you are providing repair services you must have a Repair Shop Registration from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  And if you use second hand or used parts for your repairs, you will be required to carry a Secondhand Dealer General License as well.

Before you apply, you must prepare the following required supporting documents: 

  • Applicable Business Certificate or filing papers based on your business’s legal structure
  • Copy of deed or lease for place of business
  • Department of Buildings Document (Certificate of Occupancy) requires a registered architect or professional engineer
  • Personal and Property Liability Insurance for Tow Trucks
  • (2) current passport-size photos of License Applicants
  • NYS Commercial Truck Registrations through the Department of Motor Vehicles

Once you have prepared the necessary supporting documents, you must fill out the following DCA application forms. The forms are in PDF format so that you may print it out and complete them or you may apply online.

Additional documentation that is required includes:

After filing your application, the DCA will contact you to schedule an inspection of your premises and trucks before your business can operate. Please note that all of the trucks listed on your Roster of Vehicles must be present at the time of the inspection. You must present a validated NYC Department of Finance Commercial Motor Vehicle Tax Receipt (tax stamp) for each vehicle that weighs over 10,000 lbs.

After holding a Tow Truck Company License for more than a year, you may apply for acceptance in the Directed Accident Response Program (DARP) and the Rotation Tow Program (ROTOW).

The mission of the Queens Economic Development Corporation is to help small businesses.  In view of the Coronavirus, we are taking the following steps:

  • We have compiled a Resource Guide detailing programs to assist small businesses.  These include loans, grants and other aid available through Federal, State, City, and Private agencies. The Resource Guide can be accessed here. It is updated as we receive new information.
  • Assistance in filling out application and all other client services will be done remotely via telephone. To request an appointment, email and you will be contacted within 24 hours.  Please know our office in Kew Gardens is closed.
  • The Entrepreneur Space Commercial Kitchen Incubator is fully operational and staff is taking additional steps to ensure that it is a safe environment for our clients. For more information, please call 718 392-0025.
  • The Queens Tourism Council is working with our cultural, recreational, restaurant and sporting communities to support them as best we can.

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