Each applicant for a driver's license must comply with the following to the satisfaction of the Chief of Police. The applicant shall:
Be the holder of a duly valid New York State driver's license of Class 1, 2, 3 or 4.
Be able to read and write the English language.
Be clean in dress and person and not addicted to the use of either intoxicating liquor or drugs.
Meet the standards as embodied in Article 23-A of the Correction Law of the State of New York.
Produce, on forms to be provided by the Chief of Police, affidavits of good character from two reputable citizens who have known him/her personally and have observed his/her conduct for at least one year next preceding the date of his/her application; and a further testimonial on a form provided for that purpose, from his/her employer; unless, in the opinion of the Chief of Police sufficient reason is given for its omission.
Fill out, upon a blank form to be provided by the Chief of Police, a statement giving his/her full name, alias, if any, social security number, telephone number of home and business, residence, places of residences for five years previous to moving to his/her present address, age, height, color of eyes and hair, place of birth, length of time he/she has resided in the City, whether a citizen of the United States, places of previous employment, whether he/she has ever been arrested or convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, whether he/she has been previously licensed as a driver or chauffeur and, if so, whether his/her license has ever been revoked, and for what cause, and the number of the chauffeur's license issued by the state.
The application shall be signed and sworn to by the applicant and filed with the Chief of Police as a permanent record. The Chief of Police is hereby authorized and empowered to require such additional information as he/she may deem necessary.
Each applicant for a driver's license under this chapter must file with his/her application three unmounted, unaltered photographs of himself/herself in such position as the Chief of Police may direct, taken within 30 days preceding the filing of his/her application. The photographs shall be of a size which may be easily attached to his/her license, one of which shall be attached to the license when issued, one shall be filed with his/her application and the other attached to a conspicuous place in the taxicab, as specified in § 258-25 of this chapter. If the application for the license is denied, two copies of the photograph shall be returned to the applicant by the Chief of Police.
Such application shall contain impressions of the fingers of the right and left hand of the applicant for the purpose of obtaining criminal history records from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, the impressions to be taken under the supervision of the Chief of Police or his designee. Each applicant shall pay the fee required by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, in the form prescribed by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services, and an additional administrative fee of $10, payable to the City of Cohoes. Fingerprints and all appropriate processing fees shall be sent directly to the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services by the Chief of Police.
The photographs and fingerprints provided for in this section are taken for the purpose of this chapter only and shall not be filed in the files relating to criminal identification.
Applications for a license required by this article, with photographs and fingerprint impressions attached, shall forthwith be sent to the Chief of Police by his designee if not already in his possession. Only the Chief of Police or his designee may review the criminal history of the applicant. No license shall be issued to a person who has been convicted of a felony within a period of five years prior to an application for such license. The Chief of Police may deny the issuance of a license if the results of his/her investigation reveal a criminal history which, in his/her opinion, demonstrates a likelihood that the applicant may victimize taxicab patrons or others if such license is issued. The provisions of Articles 23 and 23-A of the New York State Correction Law shall be considered by the Chief during his review of the applicant's history.
Upon satisfactory fulfillment of the requirements of this article, there shall be issued to the applicant a license which shall be in such form as to contain a photograph and signature of the licensee. Each license shall be stamped with the seal of the City upon at least a portion of the photograph.
All licenses issued under this article shall be numbered in the order in which they are issued and shall contain the name and employer of the licensee and the dates of issuance and expiration of the license.
Driver's licenses may be issued on any day of the year and shall expire in accordance with § 258-7.1, unless previously suspended or revoked.
The Chief of Police may accept in his discretion another municipality's license as evidence of satisfactory completion of fingerprinting and a criminal history check by said municipality. Said municipality's fingerprinting procedure must have been approved by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services.
Any licensee under this division who defaces, removes or obliterates any official entry made upon his/her license shall be punished by the revocation of his/her license.
There shall be delivered to each licensed driver under this chapter, an ID, of such form and style as the Chief of Police may prescribe, with his/her license number thereon, which must, under penalty of revocation of the license, be constantly and conspicuously displayed on the outside of the driver's outer garment when she/she is engaged in his/her employment.
The Chief of Police may renew a driver's license issued pursuant to this Article from year to year by appropriate endorsement thereon. A driver, in applying for a renewal of his/her license shall make such application within 30 days preceding its expiration upon a form to be furnished by the Chief of Police entitled "Application for Renewal of License," which shall be filled out with the full name and address of the applicant together with a statement of the date upon which its original license was granted and the number thereof, and such other information as the licensing official may deem necessary. Upon receipt of an application for renewal of a license, the Chief of Police shall each year check the records of the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to determine if the renewal applicant has been guilty of a traffic infraction that would make him/her ineligible for a renewal of a tax driver's license and, in the discretion of the Chief of Police, shall require the renewal applicant to file with the application a fingerprint identification imprint. The Chief of Police may then cause a check to be made of the records of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice to determine if the renewal applicant has been convicted of an offense that would disqualify him/her for a renewal of a taxi driver's license.
Upon the filing of a completed application and payment of all fees required hereunder, the Chief of Police or his/her designee may, in his/her discretion, issue a temporary license to be valid for a period not exceeding 90 days or until such time as a final decision on the pending application is made, whichever is earlier.
There shall be kept in the Office of the Chief of Police a complete record of each license or permit issued under this article to a driver, and of all renewals, suspensions or revocations thereof, which record shall be kept on file with the original application of the driver for a license.
A license or permit issued hereunder shall not be assignable or transferable to any other person. Any licensee who permits his/her license or permit to be used by any other person shall be punished by the revocation of his/her license.