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Learner's Permits for Beginner Drivers in New York

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Learners Permit

As soon as you are 16 in the state of New York, you can begin the process of getting your NY driving permit. However, there are a number of steps that you must take in order to do so. It is only after you have completed all of the necessary tasks that you can begin driving with your learners permit and practice before applying for a drivers license in New York.

Information Related to Learner's Permit

Age Requirements

There are certain age minimums that must be met, depending on the license to drive or learners permit that you are pursuing. The requirements are as follows:

  • For driving permit, you must be 16 years old.
  • For junior driving license or provisional driving license, you must be 16 years old.
  • For senior driving license (with drivers ed certificate), you must be 17 years old.
  • For senior driving license (without drivers ed), you must be 18 years old.

New Drivers in New York

If you are not originally from the Empire State, but you have a learning permit from another part of the country, it is important to know that your credentials will not transfer. You are required by law to obtain a permit for driving from New York. Furthermore, if you are under the age of 16 and have a drivers permit from another part of the United States, you are not allowed to drive in New York because of age restrictions.

How to Apply for a Driving Permit

As mentioned before, you must be at least 16 years of age in order to even file a drivers permit application in New York. However, the good news is that the state does not ask that you take a drivers ed class beforehand. The state of New York gives you the option of either:

  • Taking and passing a written knowledge exam.
  • Enrolling in a drivers training course.

After you have made your decision, you can head into one of the nearest New York DMV locations and begin the process for applying. Unfortunately, there is no choice available to you other than going in person. You are not given the opportunity to receive a drivers permit online.
Once at the DMV, you must:

  1. Provide 6-points of ID proof, which must include your signature, name, birthdate, and Social Security card.
  2. You can use your birth certificate, U.S. passport, certificate of citizenship, permanent resident card,and various other documents listed by the NY DMV
  3. Fill out and hand in an Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card, which must be signed by a parent or legal guardian.
  4. Provide a drivers education certificate, if applicable.
  5. Take the written knowledge exam, if you did not complete driver school.
  6. Pass the vision exam.

Drivers Education in New York

While the state of New York does not require online drivers ed or any other form of formal preparation. The NY DMV highly recommends each young driver's enrollment. These drivers ed classes cover each of the topics of the New York Driver Handbook extensively, preparing all drivers for what will be found on the written exam.

Study Guides and Practice Tests

In addition to driver school, there are a number of supplemental resources that you should integrate into your preparation for the written knowledge exam. Our team of researchers is the best in the field and has created a study guide and a practice permit test to prepare you for the feel and structure of the written exam. Featuring questions taken straight from the New York Driver Handbook, each DMV driving practice test will allow you to:

  • Become more familiar with possible questions.
  • See what topics you are well-versed in.
  • Acknowledge what topics you do not know so well.

By using the Driver's Practice Test, you are guaranteed to pass your drivers written exam the first time. If not, your Driver's Practice Test purchase is on us!

NY DMV Written Exam

Featured on the test will be information on:

  • The various traffic laws
  • Road signs
  • Safety techniques

In addition, all of these topics are included and discussed at length in the New York Driver Handbook. The test will consist of only 20 questions. In order to pass the exam, you must answer 14 of these questions correctly. However, there is no need to fret if you fail on your first attempt. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles allows you the chance to take the permit exam again as many times as is necessary for you to pass.
Keep in mind that you must take your written exam in person.

How to Locate a DMV

Since the Department of Motor Vehicles office is where you must go to take the written knowledge test and apply for your driving permit, it is imperative that you locate a DMV office that is close to you before your exam day. Perusing DMV locations and finding one nearby early on will give you the chance to make an appointment long before your test.

NY Driving Permit Restrictions

While getting drivers permit documents provides you with substantial freedom, there are restrictions that you must be aware of. All drivers with a learners permit must adhere to the following rules:

  1. You must always be accompanied by a 21-year old licensed driver.
  2. You must log at least 50 hours of supervised driving before obtaining your NY driving license.
  3. You must compile at least 15 hours of this time at night.
  4. You are not allowed to drive on any street within a NY park or tunnel, or even bridge in Triborough jurisdiction.
  5. You cannot drive on any parkways in Westchester County either, including:
  6. Cross County
  7. Hutchinson River
  8. Saw Mill River
  9. Taconic State

How to Replace aLearning Permit

In the event that you lose your driving permit in New York, it is stolen from you, or you need to renew it,you are required by the NY DMV to purchase a replacement permit for driving if you want to continue practicing. Fortunately, you have two options to consider. The fee to replace a learners permit is $17.50 and you can submit the payment:

  • By mail
  • In person at a DMV office

NY Graduated License Program

Now that you have your learners permit and have been practicing already, you can begin looking into the next step of the process. Because teen drivers are not as experienced as adults, the state of New York has created a three-step program that allows teen drivers to hone their skills one stage at a time:

  1. Learning permit
  2. Junior driving license or provisional license
  3. Senior driving license

Junior/Provisional Drivers License

As soon as you have held your learners permit for a period of six months, as long as you have compiled 50 hours of supervised driving, you will be able to get a junior driving license. In order to apply, you must visit a local DMV office and provide:

  • Your drivers permit
  • Proof of drivers ed completion
  • A completed Certification of Supervised Driving (
  • Car registration and proof of car insurance for the vehicle you will be tested in
  • Payment

Car Insurance

While holding a New York permit for driving may not allow you to operate a vehicle without supervision, it is still required that the auto you drive have car insurance. Each state features minimum auto insurance requirements, which must be met. If you are caught driving without meeting the minimum amounts of coverage, you can incur:

  • Drivers license suspension
  • Car registration suspension
  • Sizable traffic fines

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Submitted by Anonymous on 26th Apr 2011

im 19 how much will it cost

im 19 how much will it cost

Submitted by bratspoiled2004 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 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 on 2nd Apr 2010

i like this article

i like this article

Submitted by Vanessa D 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 on 7th Jan 2010

how much does it cost to take

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

Submitted by sheila.sam1@yah... 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 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 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 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 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 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?????



Submitted by badjung 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 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 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 on 14th 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 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 on 1st Apr 2009

where can i take my 5 hour

where can i take my 5 hour coarse ?

Submitted by crazyatdis on 14th Apr 2009

u can go to any driveing

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

Submitted by tomasz 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

plz help my

Submitted by kaykay on 5th Mar 2009



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.