Ultimate Guide to Transferring your Driver License to New York


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Here's the ultimate guide to transferring your out-of-state license to a New York driver license. This is specifically if you have a US driver's license from another state and want to change it to New York driver license. If you have a driver license from another country, check out getting a driver's license in New York.

What You’ll Need to Transfer your Driver License to New York

  • Completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44)
  • Proof of identity and birth date, in accordance with NYS point system for identification (NYS identification point system)
  • Social Security card OR letter of ineligibility from the Social Security Administration plus completed I-94 Form
  • Out-of-state driver’s license
  • Payment for applicable fees (determined based on age and location; view the fee schedule here)

What You’ll Need To Do

Step 1: Make an appointment to visit your nearest DMV office.

  • Submit the required documents and identification.
  • Pass a vision test.
  • Submit payment.
  • Receive a temporary, non-photo driver’s license.

Step 2: Receive your new Class D NY driver’s license via U.S. mail in about two weeks.

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Caveats and Exceptions

Did your out-of-state license expire more than a year ago?  Then you will need to apply for a new NY driver’s license.

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