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.
You must be age 16 or older 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.
Learn more about how to get a learner permit and the steps you need to take.
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.
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
- To meet DMV’s vision requirements you must take a vision test at the DMV or provide an Eye Test Report (MV-619) completed by an eye care professional.
- Bring the correct documents by completing this guide
Find a DMV office near you to apply.
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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).
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