No. You do not need to take the NY written test if you have Form-285 Driver's Education Certificate.
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New York Driver's License
The night before your permit test, you want to review all of your notes. Don't try to cram the night before your test. It's better to test yourself on the information you have studied and get a good night's rest.
You don't need to complete a driver's education in order to be eligible for a NY permit, but you are required to complete a driver's education course or pre-licensing class before you take your Driving Exam.
You can find NY Driver's Manual at the official NY DMV website: http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/drivers-manual-practice-tests. If you prefer your local DMV office will have copies available as well.
To be safe, you should be familiar with the entire NY Driver's Manual. The NY Driver's manual has three parts. Part One provides information that you want to know about applying for your Driver's License. Part Two and Three offer more specific information that will help you study and successfully pass your NY written test.
A parent, legal guardian or a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older and who possesses a valid driver's license, should accompany you to your NY permit test.
No. A physical is not required.
Yes. The DMV conducts a vision test for you when you apply for your permit. The NY DMV also allows you to have a licensed eye-care professional fill out and sign Form MV-619 (Eye Test Report). If you choose to take your vision test outside of the DMV, make sure that the test is performed no more than 6 months before your permit test.
Once you have passed successfully your road test, the DMV will take your driver's license photo for you.
A straight face is easier to process and distinguish. Since your driver's license photo is used to identify you, the DMV and the police want to reduce fraud or identify theft by making it more difficult to impersonate you. Better facial recognition technology is developing every day, but until then it's recommended that you keep a straight face in your photo.