Get Your First Driver License

Want to drive in New York State? Here’s what you need to do.
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Overview
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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:

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.

Eligibility
Eligibility
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You must be a NYS resident and age 16 or over to apply for a learner permit.

Guidance
Guidance
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Learn more about the paperwork you need to fill out and additional documents you will need to apply for a permit, driver license or non-driver ID card (MV-44.1).

Fees
Fees
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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.

How To
How To
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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:

 

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Find a DMV office near you to apply.

Ready to schedule your road test?

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Contact
Contact

Call us Monday-Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM (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).