New York Learner's Permit
Once you have completed your drivers education course you will be ready to apply for your New York learner’s permit. You must:
1: Download and study your practice test
2: Prove that you completed a Traffic Law and Substance Abuse Education Course
3: Via a local DMV office
Obtaining a New York Learners Permit
A basic New York learners permit is issued to:
- Any person who is a New York resident (and)
- Has never been licensed to operate a vehicle
Learner permit applicants are advised to generate and download the required form and checklist. These documents will help save time when visiting the DMV office in person.
Obtaining a New York learners permit is the first step in getting closer to being able to apply for a full New York driver’s license. New York participates in the graduated driver’s license process so that a New York learners permit applicant can gradually earn more drivers privileges with age and experience on the road.
Qualifications For Obtaining New York Learners Permit
New York learners permit applicants must at least 16 years old. This applies to anyone who has never been licensed to operate a vehicle. People who have lived outside of the state of New York, in the United States or Canada, and their license has been expired for longer than a year, must obtain a learners permit.
Starting The Process For Applying For New York Learners Permit
The first step of obtaining a New York learners permit is to:
- Obtain New York State's Drivers Manual.
This can be found by downloading it off of the New York Drivers License Department of Motor Vehicles website or visiting a local DMV office for a hard copy.
If an applicant is under the age of 18 years old:
- A parent or legal guardian must give their consent on a MV44 application form.
- Any applicants that are 17 years or more, have taken a drivers education course, and have a certificate showing completion will not need parental consent.
Checklist Of Items To Take To The New York Learners Permit Division Of The DMV
For a complete checklist of requirements.
When visiting the local Department of Motor Vehicles in New York to apply for a New York learners permit, applicants must bring:
- Six points of proof of identity (and)
- A birth certificate.
For a complete checklist of the required and acceptable documentation to obtain your learners permit.
If a person cannot provide the six points of proof of identity, a parent or legal guardian must accompany the applicant to the local Department of Motor Vehicles. If a person has changed their name at any time, they must also provide proof of the name change. An applicant looking to obtain a New York learners permit must also bring:
- Social Security Card
- A means to pay the fee (cash, credit card or personal check)
Other Parts Of The New York Learners Permit Process To Complete
In addition to bringing the proper forms and documentation to your local Department of Motor Vehicles, applicants must also be prepared to:
- Take a written knowledge test, which will include information that is found in the New York State's Driver's Manual.
- Obtain a passing test score of 14 out of 20 multiple choice questions and at least two of four questions about road signs must be correct.
- Take the practice test to see if you're ready.
- Submit an eye test form that has recently been filled out by an eye care professional.
A New York learners permit is a valid document for five years. Any applicant who holds a New York learners permit for at least six months, can then apply for their Junior Drivers License. This is the next step toward getting your full driver’s license.
Find out more about drivers education in New York here.