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What do I need before I can get my permit?

Before applying for a learner’s permit, you should study the New York State Driver’s Manual, which covers the following topics:

• Chapter 1—Driver Licenses
• Chapter 2—Keeping Your License
• Chapter 3—Owning a Vehicle
• Chapter 4—Traffic Control
• Chapter 5—Intersections and Turns
• Chapter 6—Passing
• Chapter 7—Parallel Parking
• Chapter 8—Defensive Driving
• Chapter 9—Alcohol and Other Drugs
• Chapter 10—Special Driving Situations
• Chapter 11—Sharing the Road
• Chapter 12—If You Are in a Traffic Crash

The manual can be found online at the New York DMV website or at any DMV office.