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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.

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New York Road Signs and Traffic Signals Test

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New York DMV Handbooks

New York CDL Handbook

New York CDL Handbook

New York CDL Handbook
New York Driver's License Handbook

New York Driver's License Handbook

New York Driver's License Handbook
New York Motorcycle Handbook

New York Motorcycle Handbook

New York Motorcycle Handbook

New York DMV Frequently Asked Questions

Table of Contents

  • After You Have Passed The NY Driving Exam
  • Applying For Your NY License
  • Preparing For Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Preparing For Your NY Permit Test
  • Renewing Your NY Driver's License
  • Taking Your NY Driving Exam (Or Road Test)
  • Taking Your NY Permit Test
  • What If I Am Moving To NY Or Just Visiting
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

New York Driver's License Resources

Whether you’re getting ready to take your learner’s permit written test for the first time, studying to get a motorcycle endorsement so you can ride your new bike, or preparing for your CDL exam to drive a commercial vehicle, we’ve gathered a wealth of resources and knowledge to help you obtain your driving credentials.

All Drivers

If you’re renewing a license that has been expired for longer than a year, or if you’re applying for reinstatement after a suspension, you may have to retake the written exam in order to obtain your license.

Free Practice Tests

Driver's License practice tests
Learner's Permit practice tests
Motorcycle Endorsement practice tests
CDL practice tests
Road Signs and Signals practice tests

Resources for all drivers

Read the official New York driver’s manual
Check out our frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license renewal test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Read our driving safety articles

New York DMV quick links for all drivers

New York DMV home page
Renewal information
Renew online
DMV locations
Make a reservation at the DMV
Identification requirements

New & Teen Drivers

In order to apply for a driver license in New York, you must be at least 16 years of age or older, hold a learner permit, complete a 5-hour Pre-licensing Course or a high school or college Driver Education Course, and pass a road test. In order to apply for a learner permit, you must pass a written test. If you are under 18 years of age, you must also hold your learner permit for at least six months and have a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving before you can schedule your road test and apply for your driver license.

Resources for new & teen drivers

Read the official New York driver’s manual
Take one of our free learner’s permit practice tests
Check out our new & teen driver frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a learner’s permit test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Buy a driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

New York DMV quick links for new & teen drivers

How to get a driver license
Graduated license information
Learner permit information
Road test information
How to prepare for your road test
Schedule and take a road test
Application for a license or permit

New-to-State Drivers

New New York residents with valid out-of-state driver licenses must exchange it for a New York State driver license within 30 days of establishing residency. If the license has been expired for more than 24 months, you will have to take a written exam and road test in order to apply for a new New York license.

Resources for new-to-state drivers

Read the official New York driver’s manual
Take one of our free driver’s license practice tests
Check out our new-to-state frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a new-to-state driver’s license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy car insurance

New York DMV quick links for new-to-state drivers

How to exchange an out-of-state driver license

Motorcycles

In order to apply for a motorcycle license in New York State, you must be at least 16 years old, apply for a motorcycle learner permit, have another class of New York State driver license or provide proof of completion of a pre-licensing or driver education course, and pass the motorcycle road test or present a completion card from either the Basic Rider Course or Basic Rider Course 2 issued by the New York State Motorcycle Safety Foundation within 2 years of completing the course. In order to apply for a motorcycle learner permit, you must be at least 16 years of age and pass a written exam.

Resources for motorcyclists

Read the official New York motorcycle manual
Take one of our free motorcycle license practice tests
Check out our motorcycle license frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Buy a motorcycle license test cheat sheet: basic or advanced
New-to-state motorcycle insurance

New York DMV quick links for motorcycles

How to get a motorcycle license

CDL

You must have a valid Commercial Driver License (CDL) or Commercial Learner Permit (CLP) to drive a commercial motor vehicle in New York. In order to apply for a CDL, you must hold a CLP for at least 14 days and pass a road test. In order to get a CLP, you must be at least 18 years of age, you must already have a valid New York State driver license of class D, E, or non-CDL C or a valid license from another state or the District of Columbia, and you must pass a written exam.

Resources for CDL

Read the official New York CDL manual
Take one of our free CDL practice tests
Buy a CDL test paid cheat sheet: basic or advanced
Check rates or buy CDL insurance

New York DMV quick links for CDL

CDL information
CDL renewal information