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

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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.

How to Apply for a New York Learner's Permit:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Pass the written DMV exam.
  • Take a vision test.
  • Present the required documentation.
  • Pay the NY learning permit fees.

Applying for a NY Learners Permit

New drivers in New York must complete a Graduated Driver Licensing program which will get them learners permits as the first step. This program consists of three phases: learners permit, junior driver's license and senior driver's license.

What is the Graduate Driver Licensing Program in New York

The New York Graduated Driver Licensing program is a process that must be completed in order to obtain an NY drivers license. This program consists of the following:

  • Learners permit.
  • Junior drivers license (provisional driver's license).
  • Senior drivers license.

In order to move on to the next stage of the program, you will need to obey certain restrictions and follow a list or requirements set by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. The Graduated Driver Licensing program has also restrictions for drivers less than 18 years of age. The Graduated License Law will determine your driving privileges in the three geographic regions in the state: Upstate New York, New York City and Long Island.

How To Get A NY Learners Permit

Learners Permit Requirements in New York

To get your NY learners permit, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 16 years of age.
  • Pass the DMV written test and a vision exam.
  • Complete an Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card, with a signed consent from your parent or legal guardian, if you are less than 18.
  • Provide your Social Security Card or a proof of ineligibility for one.
  • Provide proof of identification and date of birth.
  • Pay the applicable fees.

Preparing for a New York DMV Written Exam

Future New York drivers must pass a DMV written exam in order to get NY learners permit. The DMV written exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions, 14 of which have to be answered correctly. You also must answer right at least two of the four questions on traffic signs. 70 percent of the questions must be correctly answered in order to pass the written exam.

Prepare for the DMV written exam in advance by taking our practice permit tests. These tests will provide you with similar questions as those on the official exam and will enable you to practice the knowledge you have gained while studying the New York driver's manual.

If you fail the exam on your first try, you can retake it again at any NY DMV location. Click here for a full list of DMV offices in your area, as well as their office hours and phone numbers.

Be Prepared! Study with our DMV practice test and we guarantee you'll pass!

NY Drivers Education

New drivers in New York are not required to enroll in drivers education in order to obtain a learners permit. However, if they want to get to the following phase of the Graduated Drivers Licensing program - junior drivers license - they must attend a drivers education course. In New York, the drivers education course is offered through high schools and colleges and offers a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of in-car instruction.

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New York Learners Permit Restrictions

New York drivers who hold a driving permit are allowed to operate a motor vehicle only when accompanied by a licensed driver older than 21. There are other learners permit restrictions that every driver must know. Learners permit holders are not allowed to drive on any street within a park in New York City, in a DMV road test area. You also cannot drive on a bridge or tunnel under jurisdiction of Tri-borough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, or on the Cross County, Saw Mill River, Hutchinson River or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County.

Note: In New York, you can apply for a junior (provisional) drivers license at 16 years of age, but only if you hold a learners permit.

New York Provisional Licenses

A provisional drivers license is actually the junior drivers license, or the second stage of the Graduated Driver Licensing program in New York. You need to hold a learners permit in order to be eligible to apply for a provisional license. Provisional license requirements include:

  • You must be at least 16 years of age.
  • You must hold an NY learners permit for at least six months.
  • You must complete 50 hours of supervised driving, with at least 15 hours at night and 10 hours in moderate to heavy traffic.

After you complete these provisional license requirements, you need to schedule an appointment and visit a local NY DMV office to take your road test. The driving test will assess how much of a responsible and safe driver you are. Once you pass the road skills test, you will receive your junior (provisional) drivers license.

NY Provisional License Driving Restrictions

Holders of junior (provisional) drivers licenses have also certain restrictions set by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles. Those restrictions depend on the area where you will be driving your motor vehicle:

  • Upstate New York.
  • New York City.
  • Long Island.

Driving with a junior (provisional) drivers license within the boroughs of New York City is strictly prohibited under any circumstances. When driving in Upstate New York or in Long Island, you will be able to operate a motor vehicle between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. without a supervisor. You can drive without a supervising driver between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. but only if the drive is directly from your home to work or school. You are not allowed to carry more than one passenger that is younger than 21 years of age when driving without a supervising driver. All passengers must wear seat belts at all times, while the children must ride in a child safety seat.

Replacing an NY Learners Permit

You can replace your learners permit in case it was lost or stolen. Simply contact the NY DMV and apply for a learners permit replacement in person, by mail or online. You will be required to pay applicable fees for the duplicate learners permit.

Locate a New York DMV

Use our website to browse through our list of New York DMV locations in your area. You will find the contact details of each DMV office in New York, including the addresses, phone numbers and hours.

Submitted by Anonymous on 26th Apr 2011

im 19 how much will it cost

im 19 how much will it cost

Submitted by bratspoiled2004 (not verified) on 30th May 2010

how much will it cost to take

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

Submitted by hondaman5 (not verified) on 10th Apr 2010

how much will it cost to take

how much will it cost to take a learner permit

Submitted by Anonymous on 22nd Apr 2011

90$ in nyc !

90$ in nyc !

Submitted by Rud3boii25 (not verified) on 2nd Apr 2010

i like this article

i like this article

Submitted by Vanessa D (not verified) on 9th Jan 2010

I live in New York state with

I live in New York state with a learners permit, will I be able to drive in Florida with a parent or guardian?

Submitted by johnny blaze (not verified) on 6th Jan 2010

how much does it cost to take

how much does it cost to take the ny learners permit???

Submitted by sheila.sam1@yahoo.com (not verified) on 31st Jan 2012

I am 61 years of age. How

I am 61 years of age. How much will it cost to take the test? bnm

Submitted by edwardpalla (not verified) on 14th Oct 2009

i had my permin in maryland

i had my permin in maryland for a year and it just exspired and i went to driving school for 2 weeks and did 6 hours of drivivng. would i have to do this all over again in n.y.c (http://n.y.c) or will i just have to pay for my id and then take a drivers test?

Submitted by StephanieB4 (not verified) on 11th Sep 2009

My brother is seventeen years

My brother is seventeen years old and he has a lerners permit and we live in New York State. I was wondering since there is no time limit on when he can not drive, can he be a designated driver for someone who is intoxicated?

Submitted by hadrienb (not verified) on 17th Aug 2009

If I am 16 but have a normal

If I am 16 but have a normal driving license from Texas. Can i drive in New York City with it? Does it count as having a normal license in New York City? Because i see age limits to obtain license but if i already have one i should be fine right?

Submitted by whatsittoya (not verified) on 20th Aug 2011

You have your junior license

You have your junior license and you would need a senior license.

Submitted by jm_reynosof (not verified) on 28th Jul 2009

I have an international

I have an international drivers license since I'm 16 years old, now I'm 25 and will like to change my License from the Dominican Republic to the New York State drivers License. What do I have to do?? and do I have to take the road test anyways?????

Thanks,

JM

Submitted by badjung (not verified) on 24th Jul 2009

hi, actually i'm from

hi, actually i'm from california.. and have a learners permit in california can i transfer it here in new york? thanks for your help..

Submitted by zato (not verified) on 23rd Jul 2009

Hello. I'm from eastern

Hello. I'm from eastern Europe and i'm in USA only for summer season. I have my driver license in my country. Is it available in NYC? Can you help me please? Thank you

Submitted by hadrienb (not verified) on 17th Aug 2009

im not an expert or anything

im not an expert or anything but im pretty sure that if youre over 18 and you have a valid license then you're fine.

Submitted by crazyatdis (not verified) on 13th Apr 2009

im confused...if i have a

im confused...if i have a junior licences in new york city would i be able to drive alone if im going to skool nd work?

because thts all i rlly use a car for right now.

Submitted by rubicon0513 (not verified) on 24th May 2009

You may not drive

You may not drive unsupervised in New York city (5 boroughs). This is with a juniors license.

Submitted by crgomez188 (not verified) on 1st Apr 2009

where can i take my 5 hour

where can i take my 5 hour coarse ?

Submitted by crazyatdis (not verified) on 13th Apr 2009

u can go to any driveing

u can go to any driveing skool nd they could help u

Submitted by tomasz (not verified) on 16th Feb 2009

hi there my name is tomas plz

hi there my name is tomas plz help my i lost LEARNER’S PERMIT , wchat i must do now

my e-mail tomaszspider@gmail.com

plz help my

Submitted by kaykay (not verified) on 5th Mar 2009

U JUST GOTO THE DMV AND GET A

U JUST GOTO THE DMV AND GET A NEW 1 THATS ALL

Submitted by Anonymous on 24th Feb 2011

My permit expired in 08

My permit expired in 08 issued in P.R. What do i need to get a NY drivers license. I lost it in P.R. Though.

Submitted by Anonymous on 24th Feb 2011

Sorry ^ it's a license not A

Sorry ^ it's a license not A permit.