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Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in New York

Obtaining a learner's permit is generally the first step that a beginner driver takes toward becoming a fully licensed driver in New York. You are eligible to apply for a learner's permit if you are at least 16 years old and:

  • you have never been licensed to operate a vehicle, or
  • you are a new resident of New York who has been licensed in another state or Canada, but your driver's license has been expired for longer than twelve months

Your current out-of-state license must have your photograph.


  1. Download a copy of New York State's Driver's Manual, or get a hard copy by visiting a local DMV office.
  2. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have the application form (MV 44) attested by a parent or a legal guardian.
  3. Applicants who are17 years or older and possess a Driver Education Student Certificate of Completion (MV- 285) need not provide parental consent.
  4. Visit your local DMV office to submit the application. You must bring with you:
    • Your Birth certificate and 6 points of proof of your identity. If you cannot provide 6 points of proof your parent or legal guardian must accompany you and complete the MV-45 form at the DMV office. Appropriate proof of identity must be provided by them to the DMV representative. If you have changed your name, you must bring documents that support and clearly indicate your current name.
    • Your social security card.
    • The correct fee in cash/credit card or personal check.
  5. You will be given a written knowledge test and an eye screening at the DMV office. Alternately, you may also submit an eye test report (MV-619) from a licensed eye care practitioner certifiying that your vision meets the basic DMV vision standards. If you pass these tests, you will be issued a learner's permit which is valid for 5 years. Learner's Permit holders may apply for their Junior Drivers License in 6 months.
When driving with a learner's permit you must be accompanied by a licensed driver age of 21 or older. This person must sit beside you. The leaner's permit in New York includes the following restrictions:
  1. You may drive in New York City or 5 Boroughs (with a vehicle equipped with dual brakes) and Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk) between 5 am and 9 pm supervised by a parent, legal guardian or driving education or training instructor who is at least 21 years of age.
  2. In all the other counties (Upstate), you may drive during all hours if supervised by a licensed adult who is 21 years or older.
  3. Learner's Permit holders cannot drive in a road test area, or on a street in a park in New York City, or on any bridge or tunnel under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, or on the Cross County, Hutchinson River, Saw Mill River, or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County.


The New York DMV will issue a limited-use junior license to learners permit holders who successfully complete their road skills test in the first six months. This license allows you to drive unsupervised during specific hours of the day and specific areas of the state. The requirements are:
  1. Schedule a road skills test online or by calling (518) 402-2100 after sucessfully completing a drivers education course.
  2. Submit a certificate of completion of a minimum 20 hours of supervised driving (form MV-262) by a licensed driving instrutor at the road test. This form must attested by your parent or legal guardian for applicants who are under 18 years of age. Applicants who are 17 years of age and possess a Driver Education Student Certificate of Completion (MV- 285) are exempted from this requirement.
The time and area restrictions for a learner permit are also applicable for limited use junior drivers except in the Upstate New York where the license holders can drive alone between 5 am and 9 pm for school and work related activities or in the case of emergencies. They are also allowed to drive (supervised by parent or legal guardian) in Westchester, Rockland & Putnam Licensees must be accompanied by a licensed driver at least 21 year or older while driving between 9 pm and 5 am at all locations or areas.


The limited junior driver's license can be converted to a normal junior drivers license (full use junior drivers license) 6 months after being issued. Alternately, an applicant can choose to complete the road skills test after 6 months of obtaining the learner's Permit in which case, the DMV will issue a normal junior license (full use junior drivers license). The junior driver's license in New York includes the following restrictions:
  1. Full use junior drivers can drive alone in Upstate New York and Long Island (Nassau & Suffolk) between 5 am and 9 pm and between 9 pm and 5 am only for a school a work related activity. You may not drive unsupervised in New York city (5 boroughs).
  2. Junior drivers can be accompanied by 2 passengers who are under the age of 21 who are not related to you.
  3. There is no restriction on the age or number of immediate family members who can accompany you while driving. However, the front passenger seat can be occupied only by a licensed driver 21 years or older who is supervising you.


A full, unrestricted license may be issued when you are at least 18 years old A junior driver's license is automatically converted to a regular driver license when you are 18 years of age and do not have no moving or traffic violations. You should have held the junior driver's license for a period of one year.


Reviews of Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in New York

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i just turned 17 february 4th do i still need a parent to come with me to take my permit test

do i need a parent to come with me to the dmv for my permit test i just turned 17 this month february 4th.

Just moved to NYS from New Mexico a few months ago. I don't have a license or permit of any kind. I am 22 years old. Do I have to get a permit first before I get a license? I just moved here. I can't just have someone 21 or older with a license to drive around with me, that's stupid. I have to go to work. My roommate does not have a license either and we would carpool. I think it's stupid to have to get a permit or a junior license when you're older than 18..

Can someone please tell me how much it costs to.take the.Nyc permit test ? Im 17years old

can someone tell me how much it cost to take a driver permit test in New York City please? i am 20 years old

Basically between 90 to 110 Dollars, all depending whether you are 17 and a half or not.

How can a foreign exchange student take a permit test? I work at a school that offers the permit test and am unsure what he needs to do in order to take the test.

Im 17 years old and just got mailed my DJ license. Im gonna be 18 in 2 weeks. Can i automatically change it to a class D license?

Im 18 and i do not have a permit but i do know how to they give me a regular license or a permit?

You always have to start with a permit. Get the book and study it and I do believe you can walk into any DMV and just take it. You can't get behind the wheel without it. You need to have your permit for 6 months before taking the road test to get your license. You can take a Drivers Ed. course to help you learn how to drive.

When you are 18 years old you do not need a lerners permit or any kind of drivers ed you can just take the road test. I know this because it happened to me. I forgot to take drivers Ed and I went to the DMV when I was 18 and they told me when your an adult and at 18 you are considered an adult in NY you don't need a permit so they scheduled my road test and I passed and got a class D drivers license not DJ wich is a junior drivers license for anyone who is a minor. But if you take drivers Ed when your 16 you can get your class D license at 17.

if im 18 and i just got my permit do i have to wait those 6 months before applying for the drivers license?

I can not grasp the concept that NY state requires a Social Security card to get a learners permit. It's only a piece of paper with a number typed on it. No one keeps the actual card, its only the number that is important. My daughter has a American Passport, she can leave and enter the country with that alone, yet NYS says she needs a stupid piece of paper with her SSN typed on it to get a drivers permit. I just can't believe it.

Do I have to take my learners permit again in new york state if i have i have one in another state?

yes of course silly Billy.... NY wants their own permits only. u cannot have a permit from another state because its invalid in nys.

I will be 21 in 4 months and I have a class D permit. Do I need to take a 5 hour course and/or road test to get my license?

I am a international students in New York states. I lost my learning permit. And I am not in US now. I plan to come back on FEB. What should I do?

im 19 im wondering if i have my permit can someone under the age of 21 drive with me?

How much does it cost to get your permit? im 17 years young.

How much does it cost to take out a permit? im 17 years young. then how long do i have to wait to take out my license im turning 18 on February.

Can u renew my permit

my learner's permit is about to expire, can i renew it? thanks

My learner's permit is expire more then 3 years. can renew or i have to apply for learner permit again.. Thanks

My leaner's permit is expire more then 3 years can I renew it

can i renuew my pm

Aw for some reason i was under the influence that you could get a learners permit at 15

ive had my permit for about 7 months, it fell out of my wallet and i havnt found it, how much would it be to get another copy of it

my permit has expired what do i do to renew this permit?

Can I renew again

my permit has expired what do i do to renew this permit?

I am 18 years old and just got my permit, do I have to wait the 6 months and if not how long do I have to wait to go for the road test

Hey so im 17 turning 18 in about 2 weeks. I just got my permit like 3 weeks ago. My friends say when im 18 i dont have to wait 6 months to go for my driving test. is this true?

Yes, it is.

im turning 21 at the end of the month. my permit doesnt expire for another 2 years, but do i have to renew it cuz im turning 21? im getting conflicting answers cuz i cant get my license till after next month due to bills and not having enough money lol

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I'm 21 years old and have not had the time to take a road test. My permit just expired though so do I have to take the permit test again or do I just have to go to the DMV and take a new picture or something?

If your learner's permit expired you will have to take the written test again. You dont need to take a new picture because you can keep your old picture if you want. It will be extra money for a new picture and you will have to pay additional fees for license fee,application fee, etc..

Im going to be 18 years old in 3 weeks. i was wondering can I go down to dmv the day you turn 18 and get your full unrestricted regular license or do they have to be automatically mailed to your address?

Im turning 18 in about 3 weeks, im wondering is it possible to get your full license at dmv the day you are 18 or do they have to be automatically mailed to your address?


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how much is it for a permit???

i believe its $75

im 19 how much will it cost

how much will it cost to take a learner permit? i'm 24 yr old

how much will it cost to take a learner permit

90$ in nyc !