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Frequently Asked Questions
  • Applying For Your NY License
  • Preparing For Your NY Permit Test
  • Taking Your NY Permit Test
  • Preparing For Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • After You Have Passed The NY Driving Exam
  • Renewing Your NY Driver's License
  • What If I Am Moving To NY Or Just Visiting
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Applying For Your NY License
At what age can I apply for my permit in NY?
To apply four your NY Driver's permit, you must be at least 16 years old. Applicants under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian sign the consent section of form MV-44, the driver's license application.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for my NY license?
When you apply for your NY license, you should bring with you a completed Form MV-44, your social security card, the application fee and documents that prove your age and identity. If you prefer not to take the vision test at the DMV, you will also need Form MV-619 signed by a licensed eye care professional.
What is an acceptable document that proves your age and identity?
The NY DMV uses a point system to assess what documents are needed. You must bring documents that total up to 6 points. You can find more information about acceptable documents and point values at the NY DMV website. Particularly, you should download Form ID44: http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/id44.pdf
Where can I go to apply for my driver's license in NY?
You can apply for your NY Driver's license at your local DMV office. You may find a list of NY DMV offices by visiting the NY DMV website: http://dmv.ny.gov/offices. Be sure to check that your closest DMV office does offer original licenses and permits.
Does anyone need to accompany me to my NY permit 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.
Do I need to get a physical before I get my NY permit?
No. A physical is not required.
Do I need to take a vision test to obtain my NY permit?
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.
Where can I get my license photo taken?
Once you have passed successfully your road test, the DMV will take your driver's license photo for you.
Why can't I smile in my photo?
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.
Preparing For Your NY Permit Test
Is there anything in particular that I need to know for my NY permit test?
For your NY permit test, you should be familiar with the NY Driver's Manual. These chapters include information (and tips) about when to yield, how to stop at a four-way stop and what traffic signs, signals and markings indicate. Before you take your NY permit test, you should know all the rules of the road.
Do I need to complete a Driver's Education course to be eligible for a NY permit?
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.
Where can I get a NY Driver's manual?
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.
Are there any chapters of the DMV manual that I can just skip?
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.
Where can I take my NY permit test?
You can take your NY permit test at your local DMV office.
If I have Form-285 Driver's Education Certificate do I still need to take the written test?
No. You do not need to take the NY written test if you have Form-285 Driver's Education Certificate.
Is there anything I should do the night before my permit test?
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.
How many people fail the permit test their first time?
Approximately 35% of applicants fail the NY permit test their first time. That's why it's important to study consistently and regularly to make sure you have the best chance of passing your NY permit test.
How do I schedule my NY permit test?
When you are ready to take your permit test, you will need to call your local DMV office to see what times are available for the written test. Choose a time that fits well in your schedule, and on the day of your test bring your application, proofs of identity, your social security card and your application fee.
Taking Your NY Permit Test
Where can I take my NY permit test?
You should take your NY permit test at your local DMV office. You can find a list of available DMV offices in your area by visiting this website: http://dmv.ny.gov/offices.
When am I eligible to get my NY permit?
You have to be at least 16 years old to take the NY permit test.
What documents do I need to bring with me when I apply for my NY license?
When you apply for your NY license, you should bring with you a completed Form MV-44, your social security card, the application fee and documents that prove your age and identity. If you prefer not to take the vision test at the DMV, you will also need Form MV-619 signed by a licensed eye care professional.
How much does it cost to take the NY Permit Test?
The fees for the NY permit test vary from $80 to $108. Age and location are two factors that will affect your NY permit test fee. The fee will include a $12.50 photo document fee and a $1 Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District fee. You can call your local DMV office or visit this website www.dmv.ny.gov to determine what your fee will be.
Does anyone need to accompany me to my NY permit test?
A parent, legal guardian or a licensed driver, who is 21 years old or older and possess a valid driver's license should accompany you to your NY permit test.
What kind of questions should I expect for the NY permit test?
The NY permit tests consists of 20 questions that will cover basic rules of the road: parallel parking, intersections, traffic crashes, sharing the road, passing and yielding. Approximately 4 of the 20 questions will be about road signs.
What do I need to pass the NY permit test?
To pass the NY permit test you need to answer at least 14 out of the 20 questions correctly. Additionally, you must answer at least 2 of the questions about road signs.
Is the NY permit test difficult?
The NY permit test is most difficult for applicants who do not study. To give yourself the best chance of passing your NY permit test successfully, you should study the NY Driver's manual.
Is the NY permit test open book?
No. The NY permit test is not an open book test. Under no circumstances are you allowed to use your NY Driver's Manual or any other study guides during the exam.
Do I need to take a drug test before I can take my NY permit test?
No. You do not required to take a drug test when applying for your learner's permit.
What happens if I fail my NY permit test?
If you fail your NY permit test, you are allowed to retake the test as many times as necessary. There is no limit, and you will not be required to pay another application fee. However, if you fail the NY permit test more than three times, you will have to wait 6 months before retrying.
How long do I have to wait to retake the NY permit test if I fail?
You are able to retake the test immediately. However, you shouldn't rush it. Before retaking the NY permit test, make sure that you study thoroughly before trying again. If you fail the test three times, you will have to wait 6 months before you are able to try again.
What happens after I pass my NY permit test?
After you pass the NY permit test, you will need to wait at least 6 months before you can applying for the NY Driving Exam (or road test). During this period, you should practice driving with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Before your road test, you will need to complete 50 hours of road time practice. You must also have completed five hours of a pre-licensing class or you must be enrolled in a Driver's Education course at your high school or college.
Preparing For Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
I have my NY permit. Does anyone need to be in the vehicle with me when I am driving?
A licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must be sitting next to you while you are driving. When you have your permit, you are not allowed to have passengers under the age of 21 unless they are immediate family members.
Where can I drive in NY with my permit?
You can drive within the five boroughs of New York City. You can drive through all other counties. You are not able to drive under a tunnel or bridge that is under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority or on the Cross County, Saw Mill River, Hutchinson River or Toconic State parkways in Westchest County. Remember a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must accompany you at all times.
When can I apply to take my NY road test?
After you have received your NY permit, you must wait at least 6 months before taking your road test. During this time you should be practicing and developing your driving skills. You are required to complete at least 50 hours of road time practice.
How should I practice for the NY Driving Exam?
You should practice driving safely with a licensed driver who is 21 years old or older. Before you are eligible to take your NY Driving Exam, you need to have at least 50 hours of driving time. 15 hours must be completed after sunset, and 10 hours should be completed in heavy traffic.
What skills should I develop before I take my Driving Exam?
The Driving Exam will test your ability to drive safely. Some skills you should develop include parallel parking, changing lanes effectively, accelerating smoothly and gradually, brake consistently and appropriately, passing other cars safely.
What are some common mistakes drivers make on their NY Driving Exams?
Applicants fail the NY Driving Exam for many reasons, but there are some common mistakes that you should avoid committing. You should AVOID not coming to a complete stop, changing lanes improperly, checking your mirrors infrequently, parallel parking incorrectly, not using your signals and driving with only one hand on the wheel.
What documents do I need to bring with me on the day of my NY Driving Exam?
On the day of your NY Driving Exam, you should bring your learner's permit, MV-278 or MV-285 (documents that verify your completion of a 5-hour pre-licensing course or a Student Certificate of Completion), a registered and uninsured and properly equipped vehicle and a driver who is 21 years old or older.
Where can I find more information about driving schools in New York?
There are many driving schools in NY. You can find more information by visiting the NY DMV website: www.dmv.com/ny/new-york/driving-schools. You should make sure the school allows behind-the-wheel training.
How can I schedule my NY Driving Exam?
You can apply for your NY Driving Exam by visiting the DMV website or by calling your local DMV office. The wait time for the NY Driving Exam is typically two or three weeks so you should make sure your permit does not expire before your road test.
Where do I go to take my driving test?
You will complete your NY Driving Exam at your local DMV office.
Do I need to have a car for the NY Driving Exam?
For the NY Driving Exam, you need to supply your own vehicle that is in good working condition. The vehicle must be registered and insured and in
Taking Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
Who needs to accompany me to my NY Driving Exam?
A licensed driver who is 21 years old or older must accompany you to your NY Driving Exam.
Are there any tips I should follow to ensure I pass my NY Driving Exam?
The best way to pass your NY Driving Exam is to practice driving safely. You should able to demonstrate to your examiner that you are skilled enough to drive alone. You should practice changing lanes properly, signaling effectively, accelerating smoothly and gradually.
How does the examiner assess my driving?
On your NY Driving Exam, your examiner will assess what important safe driving techniques that you are completing successfully. The examiner uses a point system. You must not accumulate more than 30 negative points. You will be disqualified automatically if you commit a dangerous driving action, violate serious traffic laws and/or cause an accident.
What should I expect at the beginning of my NY Driving Exam?
The examiner will first inspect your vehicle by checking your head lights, brake lights, car tag and your signal lights. If everything is fine, the examiner will join you in your vehicle and ask you to start its engine.
What should I expect during my NY Driving Exam?
During your NY Driving Exam, you will have to demonstrate that you know how to drive defensively, yield the right-of-way, stop at controlled and uncontrolled intersections, change lanes, back up, parallel park and many more practical driving skills.
Do I have to retake my written exam on the day of my NY Driving Exam?
No. Once you have passed successfully your NY written test, you do not need to pass the test again.
Who is allowed to be in the car with me during my NY Driving Exam?
Only you and the examiner will be allowed in your vehicle during the Driving Exam. No one else is allowed.
Can I wear my contact lenses or glasses during my NY Driving Exam?
Yes. You should wear contact lenses or glasses during your exam if that is what you normally use to see.
What if I fail my NY Driving Exam?
There is no limit to how many times you can take the NY Driving Exam. If you fail the exam, pay attention to what your examiner identifies as your weak points. Before taking your NY Driving Exam again, study and develop your driving skills. Your permit should still be valid for practicing. If you fail the NY Driving Exam a second time, you will have to visit the NY DMV office and pay a $10 fee for two additional driving exams.
After You Have Passed The NY Driving Exam
What happens after I pass successfully my NY Driving Exam?
At the end of your successful completion of your NY Driving Exam, your examiner will issue you a receipt that serves as your temporary license. This receipt will be valid for 90 days, and during that time, your license should arrive in the mail. Most people receive their licenses within 2 weeks.
If I'm 16 are there restrictions on my license after I obtain it?
The answer to this question depends on where you live. For example, if you live in New York City and you are under 16, you are not allowed to drive after 9 pm.
Once I have my license what should I look out for?
Driving on New York streets can be difficult. You should make sure you are aware of traffic signs, aggressive drivers, pedestrians' rights and intersections particularly. All in all, you want to make sure you are driving safely and effectively.
Do I need NY car insurance?
You must have liability insurance to cover the other driver's car in the event of an accident. Full coverage insurance is recommended as this will cover the expenses of your car and the other driver's if the accident is your fault.
What do I need to be able to get NY car insurance for the first time?
You need a car, a license and Driver's Education certificates, if applicable, just to show that you have had proper training.
How much does car insurance cost?
The cost of car insurance varies depending on various factors like your age, how many people will be on your policy, what type of car you will drive, your driving record and the insurance company you choose. Make sure to research your options so that you can find the best car insurance for you.
Why is car insurance more expensive for new drivers?
New drivers (especially teens) have a higher risk of being in an accident statistically so insurance companies often charge more to cover them.
Renewing Your NY Driver's License
What do I need to renew my NY Driver's License?
You only need old information from your current license. A vision test is no longer required.
How can I renew my NY Driver's License?
You can renew your NY Driver's license online, by mail or in person at the nearest DMV office.
What If I Am Moving To NY Or Just Visiting
Do I need to pass the NY Driving Exam when I move to New York from another state?
If you possess a valid NY Driver's license from another state, you do not need to take the NY Driving Exam. You have 30 days to replace your out-of-state license with a New York State Driver's License.
Are out-of-state permits accepted?
If you possess an out-of-state permit, you must obey the rules of your home state and New York State. You are allowed to use this permit and drive in New York as long as you are 16 years old or older. However, this permit cannot be used for the road test. You must apply for a NYS learner's permit and NY Driver's license.
How long do I have to wait to take the NY Driving Exam?
After you receive your NYS learner's permit, you must wait at least 6 months before taking the NY Driving Exam.
How long can I drive in New York with my out-of-state license?
If you plan to become a New York resident, you have 30 days to apply for your New York State license. If you do not plan to become a resident, then you are fine to drive with your out-of-state license as long as it is not suspended, revoked or expired.
Can I drive in New York with my out-of-country license?
As long as you are a resident of the nation that issued your license, the state of New York will recognize your out-of-country driver's license. You are eligible to apply for an International Driver's Permit, which verifies that you hold a driver's license in your home country. If you choose to apply for the International Driver's Permit, you should still keep the license from your home country.Question Category