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.
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. If you would like an enhanced permit, there is an additional $30 fee.
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 correct documents by completing this guide
Call us Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:30PM (except holidays).
For General Assistance (DMV Call Centers): 1-518-486-9786.
Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD): 711 or 1-800-662-1220 (have the relay operator dial 1-518-486-9786).
See a full list of DMV phone numbers and office hours.