Ultimate Guide to Getting Your Driver's License in New York


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Thinking about getting your driver's license at the New York DMV? Here's exactly what you need to know to get your permit, pass your road test, and get your New York driver license

Here's How to Get Your New York Driver's License

Here's what you'll need to get your New York license:

Documents verifying the following:

  1. Identity and Social Security Number or Social Security Number ineligibility.
  2. Proof of U.S. citizenship, lawful permanent residency or temporary lawful status in the U.S
  3. Two different proofs of New York State residence such as utility bill, bank statement or mortgage statement (P.O. Box not acceptable).

Here's what you'll need to do to get your New York license:

  1. Complete a driver’s education course or adult education pre-licensing course
  2. Visit any DMV Office near you to apply in person and provide your documents and identification.
  3. Take and pass the vision and written test to be issued a Learner's permit. (Read the New York Driver Manual and take written practice tests). Consider making a DMV appointment or getting a line waiting concierge.
  4. Schedule your road test on the DMV website or you can schedule on Skip. If you need a car or driver for your road test, you can schedule a road test concierge here.
  5. Before your road test, visit the ultimate New York DMV road test guide to find out more information about the New York driving test.
  6. Once you pass the road test you will be issued an interim license that allows you to drive. Keep the interim license with your photo learner permit until your new license arrives in the mail (in about 2 weeks).

Here are New York driver's license exceptions to note:

  • If you are under age 18 or are the parent of a driver under age 18, it is very important that you understand the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law and the restrictions on drivers under age 18.
  • If you are 17, you are eligible for a senior driver license (Class D or M) if you have a junior driver license or limited junior driver license and have completed a state-approved high school or college driver education course.
  • You can drive in New York State with a valid driver license from another country. You don’t need to apply for a New York State driver license unless you become a New York State resident.
  • If the name on your license, permit, or non-driver ID application does not match the name on your identity, lawful status, and social security proofs you must bring in court or government issued proof(s) documenting the event(s) causing your name change(s) such as a marriage license(s), divorce decree(s), adoption, or court order document(s).

Need more New York DMV or New York driver's license help?

Search the Skip blog or download the free Skip app on the App Store or Google Play. On the app, you can find more help, book services, and even ask our team questions via chat.

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