If you are a new driver, the first step to get a NYS driver license is to apply for a learner permit at a DMV office.
Once you have your learner permit, you must:
- Follow the rules for learner permit holders
- Prepare for your road test:
- Have supervised driving practice with a minimum of 50 hours including 15 hours of driving after sunset for Class DJ or MJ learner permits
- Take a pre-licensing or driver education course
- Schedule and take your road test
If you have an out-of-state driver license and become a NYS resident, you must exchange it for a NYS driver license within 30 days.
You must be a NYS resident and age 16 or over to apply for a learner permit.
When you apply for a learner permit, the fee includes the written test, two road tests and your driver license. The learner permit is valid for five years.
The fee for a driver license is between $64.25 and $107.50 , depending on your age, the type of license and where you live.
Residents of Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn) New York (Manhattan) Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester counties must pay an additional Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee. The fee is $1.00 for every six months the permit will be in effect.
Before you go to the DMV to apply for your learner permit, you should study the NYS Driver’s Manual and take the practice tests.
When you go to the DMV to apply for your learner permit, you must:
- Pass a written test based on the Driver’s Manual
- Meet DMV’s vision requirements
- Bring the items listed below
Ready to apply for your learner permit at the DMV? Have with you:
- Proof of your identity and age
- Your Social Security Card or proof that you are not eligible for a Social Security Card
- A completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (DMV form MV-44)
- Payment for the fees (cash, check, money order or credit card)
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