Get Your First Driver License (Learner Permit)

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, getting a learner permit is the first step to get a NYS driver license. You need to know what you need to bring to an office before you apply. 

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Eligibility
Eligibility
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You must be age 16 or over to apply for a learner permit. Requirements for proof of identification vary depending on if you want an Enhanced, REAL ID or Standard permit document.

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Guidance
Guidance
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Learn more about how to get a learner permit and the steps you need to take.

 

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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 learner permit depends on your age and type of license. Beginning on October 1, 2020, the federal government will require your driver license, permit or ID card to be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.) or enter military bases and certain federal facilities. There is no additional cost to get a REAL ID. All normal transaction fees still apply.

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.

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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 correct documents by completing this guide
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Apply
Apply
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Find a DMV office near you to apply.

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Contact
Contact

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 list of DMV phone numbers and office hours.