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How To: Getting Your Driver's License in New York

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Receiving your driver’s license can be a drawn out process in the beginning so’s ‘How To’ page on receiving your Driver’s license is here to save you some time. From comprehensive Beginner Drivers resources to more customized Learner’s Permit information we take the headache out of the DMV. Furthermore, you can see detailed information on drivers ed and auto insurance that just isn’t available on the New York DMV website. Check out the articles below and you will be on the road as quickly and simply as possible.

List of Driving Schools in New York

This page provides a list of on-site driving schools available in New York as well as information about available online driving school alternatives.

New York DMV Practice Permit Tests offers New York specific DMV practice permit tests that help you prepare for your permit exam. We provide questions just like the ny DMV and a number of practice test options.

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

New York residents must obtain drivers licenses in order to legally drive a motor vehicle. Obtaining an NY DMV drivers license enables you to operate a motor vehicle on the public roads within the state. Moreover, it serves as an identification document, since it is accepted by government authorities. Driving applicants are required to follow certain requirements set by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, before applying for drivers licenses.

How to Apply for a Motorcycle License in New York

New York Motorcycle License

In order to drive a motorcycle legally in the state of New York, the driver in question must have a motorcycle license endorsement. It can either be a Class M motorcycle license or a Class MJ. However, before obtaining a motorcycle license, the driver has to apply for and get a learners permit.

Driver's Education in New York

Article discussing drivers ed in NY. When driver education courses are mandatory, benefits and costs, who offers classes, etc.

Most new drivers in New York are required to successfully complete a State-approved driver’s education program in order to obtain a New York driver’s license. In fact, for many applicants, the driver’s education certificate of completion is part of the actual driver's license application.

How to Apply For a Boating License in New York

New York requires a Boater Education Card for boaters, and not a boating license. The regulatory authority for the card is [ New York State Parks].

Since May 1st 2014 a new law became effective for New York boaters. This law requires all individuals born on or after 5/1/96 to successfully complete an approved course in boater education in order to operate a motorboat. Approved courses are offered by NYS Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary or the U.S. Power Squadrons.

Beginner Drivers in New York

A resource for new drivers looking to receive their NY drivers license and start driving. DMV test info, licensing levels and more

Understanding traffic rules and safety standards is a step every driver must take. The point of getting a [[/ny/new-york/drivers-license | driver’s license]] is to prove you have gained this knowledge. The following information will outline this process.


The first thing that beginner drivers are required to do is get a [[/ny/new-york/learners-permits-for-beginner-drivers|learner’s permit]].

Applying for a New York New Driver’s License – Under 18

New York residents must get drivers licenses if they intend to operate a motor vehicle within the state. Driving applicants, who meet the New York Department of Motor Vehicles’ requirements, will be granted a new drivers license. They will also need to pass series of exams and provide certain documentation, as part of the application process for getting NY drivers licenses.

NOTE: Drivers license applicants need to take the DMV written exam. Get prepared for the exam by practicing with our driving permit practice tests.