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How to Apply for a New Driver's License in New York

You can apply for a new driver's license at any local DMV office in New York. Obtain a New York Driver's Handbook to familiarize with the driving rules and regulations.


Following are the basic requirements for applying for a New York driver's license:

  1. Applicants must be 16 years or older.
  2. Any individual under 18 must provide parental consent and sign the form number MV-44. If 17 years of age, no consent is required if you have the Driver Education Student Certificate of Completion. For additional details, see Beginner Drivers and/or Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers.
  3. Everyone must pass the vision, written, and driving tests. See Practice Tests and Driver's Handbook for more information on the written examination. Driver education programs can help individuals prepare for their road test.
  4. Applicants must provide six points of acceptable proof of identification.
  5. Applicants must provide a Social Security card.


New York residents holding a driver's license from another state need to pass the vision test. You can exchange your out-of-state driver's license for a New York license as long as it is valid, has your photograph and shows the date of issue. However, like other applicants, new residents must provide proof of identification and a Social Security card.

Non-US citizens residing in New York do not need to apply for a New York driver's license unless you become a New York resident. You must have a driver's license issued by the country of your citizenship, in addition to an international driving permit.


The cost for a non-commercial (Class D) New York driver's license varies from $52.50 to $85 according to your age when applying.


With certain restrictions, an individual can legally drive in New York with a learner's license. See more information on Learner Permits and Junior Licenses.


Reviews of How to Apply for a New Driver's License in New York

My daughter is 16 and just passed her road test. She took the 5 hour course but did not take drivers ed. Will her junior license turn to a senior license when she turns 17?

I have a colorado drivers license that has expired less than 6 months ago. I have previously held a New York DL and wish to obtain a New York DL again. How do I go about this?

I am a college student My birthday is approaching soon and I need my 21 year old license. I was wondering if I could have it sent to my school addresss instead of my legal/home address.

I hace a Florida license that expired almost two years ago. I now reside in Brooklyn, N.Y. How do I renew it?

I have my drivers licence from Ontario, Canada when I lived there I am currently a resident of New York do I have to do my written test again or can I keep my current licence? I am 17 years old

i have a new york driving permit, i recently turn 21. And i has wondering if they send me a new permit automatically or i gotta replace it myself?

I am over the age of 18 and I have a Georgia permit and would like to apply for a New York License, do I have to replace my Georgia permit with a New York permit before I can schedule a road test?

I'm trying to schedule my Road test but when I try to log on it won't let me. I took my first road test on 8/11/14 and failed so I want to schedule a new one anyone know how I can do this/why it won't let me log on?

Hi I'm 26 and a resident of new york. I got a texas drivers license in 2012 and lost it in NY in 2013. What documents can I use to get a NY drivers license?

if im 16 and i have a floridas license with a floridas license plate, can i drive in new york with it unsupervised following the rules and curfew?

I lost my florida dmv license in NYC and would like to replace it with a ny dmv license, but went I went to get it at the NY dmv they asked me for a proof of my dmv when I told them i lost my wallet with my dmv license in it.

I'm currently living in New Zealand, but am a resident of New York, I'm 30 years old and would like to obtain my licence How long do I have to come back to New York for in order to achieve this?

im 16 and have my license in Tennessee can I drive in new York or get a license change ?

i took and passed my road test but i never recived my license and i lost my recipt when i tried to apply for a temporary license online it claims that i only have my permit what should i do because i took the driving test and passed it i belive the lady did not process me

im 20 going to be 21 this October do you have to get a permit first or can you just get a license? also how much do you have to pay for driver's road test?

I am 20 years old living in new york. Im going to vegas on my birthday when i turn 21. how do I renew my licence early enough so I have it the day of my birthday. I know when I turn 21 I need get a new license, but some places(bars) will not serve you if you just have the paper (temperary licence). How do i recieve my actual licence on my birthday and no later.

Hi im 18 and just got my permit how soon can i got for my lisence?

I'm getting my Driver's License, how many hours of class do I need in order to?

I'm 19, I've had my permit for awhile and I'm going for my license I wanted to know if I have to take a 5 hour course before I sign up for my license

I am active duty military. My home of record and legal state of resisdence is NY. I have a valid CO driver's license that I want to "trade in" for a NY state license. What do I need to do to accomplish this? Thank you.

My legal name have been changed. how do i change it on my DL and how much is ths fee?

my name change by marriage, what the fee, and can i do this by email

Dear Sirs/madam

I sent my application form for my NYC Drivers License renewal well over a month ago and I still haven't heard anything. I am concerned, I sent everything, payment, eye test and proof of ID but so far nothing has come to me.

Can you please let me know how can I get in touch, the phones are aways busy and no one to speak to. Thank you very much.

i have a comercial class a , i need to aply for endorcement, o hazmat, and passenger, can you tell me how. thanks

hi I'm a foreign student who have a valid drivers lincense in my country, now that i live and study here I wanted to drive here in new York how can I get a license what procedure do I need to go through.. thank you it would be a huge help..


I moved to NYC in 2010 from Los Angeles. I need to get a NYC drivers license, but I lost my CA drivers license today. What can I do to get a NYC license? Please help

I have lived in NYC for 6 years, but haven't had a drivers license since 2000 when it expired (and that was in Washington State) I now need to get my NYS license and assume I need to re-take the written and drivers test -- is this true? If so, can you point me to the list of things I will need to do/have to make this happen in my situation? Thank you!

Hi :) what kind of papers I suppose to have to get the license? (I mean in DMV) and 5 hours of training gonna be in one day? Sorry about the weird questions :)

Hi, I'm 22 and just getting my license. Am I required to take the 5 hour course (I never took driver's ed in high school), or is that for drivers under 21? Just wondering! Thanks!

You still have to take the 5 hour course. They won't let you take the test unless you can provide a valid 5 hour certificate.

Hi, i need a copy of a police report of my accident that occured 2 years ago. How do i check which police department do i go to obtain the report?

I'm a new resident to New York and have a Texas driver's license, but I have lost my Social Security card years ago. Is there an alaternative form of ID that can be used (eg US Passport, etc)?

I am in the same situation. Please let me know as soon as possible, Because I am going overseas. Thank you John Sanowskis.

What forms of identification are needed?

I have a license from New Orleans and I have moved to NYC. My license has since expired and it has been expired longer than a year. Do I have to take the drivers test and all that to turn it in for a NY license?


if i am 16 and i take a drivers education course can i get my license in 5 months instead of 6 months??? i have heard i can and dont know who i can ask about it!

I am moving to NY from Ireland and I have a full Irish Drivers licence. I have used my Irish licence extensively in the US over the past 10 years while visiting. But now that I am moving to NY I want to get a NY driver licence. Is it possible for me to exchange my Irish Drivers licence for a NY one? Do I need to take the 5 hour course? and where can I register to do so? Also, is this course available online??

can i still get a ny license if i have unpaid tickets in another state

Hi im an american citizen but lived my whole live in panama I just moved to nyc to study and was wondering if I have my panamanian license what can I do to get one from nyc? Im 19.

I have a friend who recently moved to NY and is needing to get her driver's license transfered. How much will it cost? She is 25 yrs old.

I got license of washington state and it has been 3 month.

I just moved to new york for college, what do I need to change my license to new york state license? I am 19 btw.

My son and I have the same name , I would like to add Sr to my drivers lic. is it possible? if yes how is it done?

I'm 18 years old and have no permit. Do I need to get it to get a license? And if not how do I go about getting a license with out it. Thank you:)

New York state say thast everyone is required to have a Learner's premit. You must also take the 5 hour course, also you need to hand them your premit. When you take your 5 hour course as well. You do not have to take the written test for your Learner's Premit though.

i am 17 years old and i got my permit one month ago. i will finish drivers ed next week and have the certificate.. can i take my road test when i get the certificate or do i have to wait 6 months ?

do i have to take my 5 hour if im 18?

Yes, you do.

what if ur 23?

yes u do u have to no matter how old u r