New York DMV Practice Tests

There's nothing you can't do in New York, including getting your New York driver's license. Use practice tests like the New York road signs test and the New York driver's license renewal test to get your license and pass the test on the first try.

Your New York DMV Practice Tests

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Your New York DMV Handbooks

Before you take a practice test make sure you've reviewed the New York drivers handbook. You will be tested on this content! Find them online below:

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New York Driver's License Resources

Considering those long lines at the DMV, you want your trip there to be worthwhile. Which is why when you’re getting your New York driver’s license, you want to pass the exams on the first try and have all the documentation you need. To help you do that, we have a list of New York driver’s license resources that will prepare you to pass your tests and tell you what you need to know.

Teen Permit Test

Teens may be the ones who normally take the New York permit practice test, but this resource is for anyone who’s never held an New York driver’s license before. To get the driver’s license, you do need to get your permit first, no matter your age.

Renewing Driver’s License Test

If your New York driver’s license has not been expired for more than two years, or if it's still valid, then you do not need to take the New York driver’s license renewal test. Otherwise, you will have to take this test.

New to State Driver’s License Test

If you are a new New York resident, you do not have to take the New York new-to-state driver’s license test if you have a valid license from another state, or if that license has not been expired for more than a year. Otherwise, you will have to take the test.

State Driving Manual / Handbook

Without the New York driving handbook, there’s no way you’re going to get your New York driver’s license. The manual has everything you need to know, and is a trustworthy source, so you should read through it at least once. Click the link to download the most up-to-date version.

Road Signs Practice Test

Road signs may be the same in every state, but every state also asks at least one question about a road sign and what it means. Take the New York road signs practice test to ensure that you don’t get stuck on those questions and put yourself at risk of failure.

New York Driver’s License Blog Posts

We also have our daily driver blog that publishes posts about preparing for the test, safe driving, and current driving laws. Below are a few links we recommend reading so that you are not only prepared to take the driver’s license test, but also prepared to drive with your license in the state:

What to Do When Your Car is Broken Into

3 Car Maintenance Basics You Ought to Know

How a New Driver Can Save Money

New York DMV Driving Test Info

How many questions are on the written test?

There are 20 questions on the test.

How many questions must you get right?

You must answer at least 14 questions correctly in order to pass.

If you fail when can you retake the test?

You can retake the test again in 1 day.

How many times can you retake the test?

There is no limit on the number of times you can retake the written test.

Who has to take the written test? Teens of what ages?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass the written test. Teens can take the test if they are at least 16 years old and have held a driving permit for at least 6 months. If they’re under 18 years of age, they will also need parental consent.

Are you required to take the written test when renewing, and if so every time you renew or just sometimes? What are the conditions if just sometimes?

You do not have to retake the written test when you renew your license unless it has been expired for more than             2 years.

If you’re new to state are you required to take the written test?

If you hold a valid driver’s license from another state, or a license that has not been expired for more than 1 year, then you are not required to take either part (written or on-road) of the driver’s examination.

Who has to take the behind the wheel / on-road driving test?

Anyone who is getting their driver’s license for the first time must pass both the written and driving tests. Additionally, you will also be required to re-pass both tests if your driver’s license has been expired for over 2 years and you want to renew it.

New York DMV Motorcycle Permit Test Info

How old must you be to take the written test?

You must be at least 16 years old and have held a driving permit for at least 6 months before you can take the test. If you are under 18 years of age you must also have parental consent.

How many questions are on the test?

There are 25 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 20 questions correctly in order to pass.

What are the permit restrictions for motorcycles?

You cannot drive on highways, drive during hours of darkness, or carry any passengers, and you must be supervised at all times by a licensed motorcyclist who is at least 21 years of age.

Do you need to take an on-road motorcycle driving test?

Yes, you are required to pass a practical on-road motorcycle skill test in order to get your motorcycle license.

Are there any other state specific age requirements or restrictions for motorcycles?

The on-road test can be waived by anyone who completes the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) certified Basic Rider Course.

What is the helmet law is this state?

All operators and passengers of a motorcycle are required to wear a protective helmet meeting state-approved safety standards at all times while operating or riding on the motorcycle, regardless of their age.

New York Watercraft Written Safety Test Info

Is there such a test in the state?

Yes; boaters in New York are required to have a boat safety certificate and must complete a boating safety class approved by the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and historic Preservation. Additionally, boaters also have the option of taking an online safety course offered by either Boat-Ed.com or BoatUS.org.

Who has to take the test?

All boaters who are under 18 years of age and older must complete a certified boating safety course in order to operate a motorboat or personal watercraft on New York waterways. The minimum age to operate a boat is 10, and the minimum age to operate a personal watercraft is 14.

How many questions are on the test?

New York boating safety courses are administered by a variety of different organizations, and testing requirements may vary for each one. You can find information on how to locate an approved safety course on the State Police website, which you may then use to contact the instructor of a course near you for more specific information regarding testing requirements.

The online safety courses generally have 60 questions on the test.

How many must you get correct to pass?

You must answer at least 70% (42 questions) correctly on the online test in order to pass.