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To drive a motor vehicle in New York state, you have to achieve a NY driver’s license. This DL card presents your full name, date of birth, address, signature, photo, and physical description.

In order to get a driver’s license in New York, you are required to pass the DMV test which examines your knowledge of the traffic laws as well as your driving skills.


1. How to get a DMV NY driver's license?

To obtain your NY driver’s license, you need to visit the New York DMV, take the vision, written and road test, pay all applicable fees, and show proof of identification and date of birth.

You need to supply the following documents when applying for a New York driver's license:

  • Proof of legal status and citizenship
  • Proof of your name and date of birth
  • Proof of identity
  • Provide your Social Security number
  • Real ID information
  • Complete application form
  • Pay the necessary fees


2. How old can I get my DMV NY driver's license?

In the state of New York, a driver must be at least 16 years old to get a Learner Permit and or obtain a Class DJ Junior Operator License. To receive their full Class D Operator License, a driver must be a minimum of 17 years old and has completed an approved driver education course. Without a driver's education Certificate of Completion, a driver must be 18 or older to receive the full license.

A driver should be aware of any restrictions imposed on their license type, such as the number of passengers allowed in their vehicle at one time and whether or not they are permitted to drive at night.


3. How can I pass the New York DMV written test?

The written test, also known as the knowledge test, contains 20 multiple choice questions regarding the rules of the road. You have to correctly answer 70% of the questions (14 questions) to pass the test.

If you want to pass the test and avoid wasting time on retests, you had better prepare in advance. Our free New York DMV practice tests based on the DMV handbook will help you prepare for your exam.


4. How do I pass my New York DMV road test?

The New York road test is designed to assess your driving abilities in normal traffic situations, so you should practice driving on a regular basis before taking the test. During the road test, you should steer and accelerate smoothly, brake smoothly, turns into the same lane, always look in the direction you're driving, stop correctly at stop signs, and don't drive too slowly.


5. How much does a New York DMV driver’s license cost?

The testing fees associated with obtaining a new driver's license are included in the driver's license fees. Furthermore, the license fees include a $10 MCTD or commuter transit fee of one dollar per year. The amount will be determined by your age at the time of application and will include the following:

  • 16 - 16 ½: $90.00
  • 16 ½ - 17: $85.75
  • 17 - 17 ½ : $102.50
  • 17 ½ - 18: $98.25
  • 18 -21: $90.00 to $85.75
  • 21 and older: $77.50


6. What should I do to renew my New York DMV license?

Your driver’s license must be renewed every eight years if you wish to continue the driving privilege. In order to get a renewal license, you need to visit your closest DMV office in person. All applicants renewing their license must take the vision test. Remember to thoroughly read the renewal notice and gather all the required proofs to bring to the branch office.

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