You must have valid driver license to drive legally in New York State public roads. If you reside in and hold valid license from another state or nation, you can drive legally in New York State and minimum driving age in New York State is 16. If run vehicle on public roadways in New York you must carry driver’s license with you. Read about application process and find out what documents you will need to collect and bring with you so you can secure your new driver license.
How to get New York Driver’s License?
All new drivers over age of 16 that wish to partake in privilege of operating motor vehicle on New York must first follow necessary steps to obtain proper drivers license. In order to receive driver license in New York, you must have held learner’s permit required amount of time for your age group. Valid learner’s permit must be submitted along with completed and signed application in person at DMV office.
What are types of Driver license in New York?
There are many types of licenses available in New York depending on your plans for vehicle operation and your age at time of application. Types of licenses include See the New York State DMV’s Get driver license webpage for requirements. https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/get-driver-license
- Commercial Licenses Class A, B or C is required for work in state of New York.
- Non-commercial Class D or C are for private operation of vehicle or operation of non-commercial class vehicle for employment.
- Class M license gives permission to operate motorcycle on public roads while Class MJ allows minors under 18 to operate motorcycle with restrictions.
New York Graduated Driver Licensing
New York State Graduated Driver License program limits driving privileges for New York driver’s under age of 18 years and who posses either learner’s permit or junior driver license. Some of limitations placed on young driver include where they can drive and what times of day they are permitted to drive in New York State. Also see Get my own driving record (abstract) https://dmv.ny.gov/dmv-records/get-my-own-driving-record-abstract
New York State has general restrictions for young drivers with learner permits and junior licenses. However, there are also specific restrictions for young drivers depending on region of state in which they are driving.
General restrictions for young drivers with learner permits are same throughout state. You are eligible to get learner permit once you turn 16 years. After you have held learner permit for six months you are eligible for junior driver’s license. Also check General information about suspension or revocation of driver license http://nysdmv.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/49/related/1
Obtaining New York Learners Permit
You must be 16 years old to obtain New York learners permit to learn to drive in New York State. Driving in New York is right, not privilege, and comes with certain restrictions. Make sure you are completely familiar with these restrictions, as outlined here, before driving with your NY learners permit. You can also check you driving privilege status https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/check-mailing-status
How to Get Your New York Learners Permit?
To get your learners permit in New York, follow these steps
Apply for permit. You will need to pay all applicable permit and license fees. NY DMV takes check, cash, money order and credit cards. Learn how to get a learner permit. https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/get-learner-permit
- Pass your vision test
- Pass your written test.
- Take DMV approved driver’s education course
- Make an appointment to take your road test. You can do this online on DMV’s website http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/rtphone.htm
- Pass your road test get your license
- Apply for the permit. You will need to pay all applicable permit and license fees. The NY DMV takes check, cash, money order and credit cards.
New York Learners permit
Getting New York Learner permit is first step to get your driver license. It allows you to learn basics of operating motor vehicle through restricted driving. You must apply in person at DMV office. Here are steps you need to take.
- You must be at least 16 years old
- Have proof of identification and bring it to test
- Complete an application
- Pass written test and eye test
For more information about getting learner permit, test, forms and fees visit New York DMV website http://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/get-learner-permit
Requirements for getting learners permit
You have to submit learner’s permit application in local New York DMV office. If you are under age of 18, need signed parental consent form which can be signed in advance if parent cannot accompany new driver to DMV. You are required to apply in person at nearest DMV office and submit following documents. If you need a record of all information DMV has, see lifetime driving records. https://dmv.ny.gov/get-my-own-lifetime-driving-record
- Proof of identity showing your full legal name and date of birth totaling six points.
- You must provide valid social security card. If you do not have social security card you must provide valid, approved documentation that you are legally allowed to reside in US.
- You will be required to take digital phone which will be kept on file along with digital copy of your signature.
- You must take vision test and written permit test in order to receive learner’s permit.
In addition all new applicants will pay applicant and licensing fees https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/fees-refunds in form of check.
Upstate New York – Junior Learner’s Permit
Before you hits road, sit down and create driving agreement to set safe driving behaviors, rules and consequences for breaking them. You can check sample agreement visit http://www.safeny.ny.gov/SRO-Toolkit/contract.html
- Most important factor in developing safe driver is practice. Before you take road test, you must complete minimum of 50 hours of parent certified supervised driving with 15 of those hours required after sunset
- Use driving practice log to keep track of number of hours you and your parents have driven together. You can read New York Teen driver resource Guide at http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nysdmv/
What are new rules for teen drivers in New York?
- First, teens must have a minimum of 50 hours on the road before being allowed to take the road test portion of the driver’s exam.
- Second, if the teen is between the ages of 16 and 18, he or she must wait six months after receiving a learner’s permit before being allowed to take the road test. After passing his or her road test, a teen receives a junior license, which comes with a special set of restrictions. Specifically, teens with junior licenses may drive
- Without supervising driver between hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- Without supervising driver between hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. only directly between home and work or home and school course.
- Between 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. in other circumstances only when under direct supervision of parent, guardian or person in loco parentis, provided that the supervising driver is over 21 years-of-age and has a valid license to drive. The only passenger allowed in the seat next to the driver is the supervising driver.
- Additionally, teens with junior licenses may not drive with more than one passenger under the age of 21 unless they are members of the teen’s immediate family. When teen drivers turn 18, they can receive a senior license, which allows driving without restrictions.
Law also offers tighter suspension and revocation rules. Drivers will have their permit or license suspended for at least 60 days if convicted of a traffic violation that carries a three-point penalty. Also, a driver with a learner’s permit may not drive with more than two passengers younger than 21 in the car.
Full or Unrestricted License
Anyone who hold junior license after their 18th birthday will get full license and this full or unrestricted license will be sent in mail. An unrestricted license is same license that adult have and allows you to drive anywhere in New York without passenger restrictions. You can apply for full license at age 17 years, after you received graduate license certificate from an approved driver education course.
Once you have passed your road test and surrendered your license to DMV, then they issued an unrestricted license. If you have not surrender your MV-285 form they will still consider junior license holder and must continue to follow GDL restrictions.
How do you get New York State Driver License or learner permit when you move to New York?
Normally you can apply for learner permit and driver license in state or nation where you reside. It is illegal if you hold driver license from more than one jurisdiction. New York State DMV recommends that you apply for learner permit and driver license in state or nation where you reside. If you are not resident of New York State can apply for non-commercial New York State Learner permit and driver license.
How to Exchange an Out-of-State Driver license in New York?
You must exchange your out-of-state driver license within 30 days of becoming resident of New York. This New York license will be valid for 5 years. To transfer out-of –state driver license that is valid and you must visit your local department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) office.
- Your out-of-state license must have your photograph
- Your driver license must be valid or expired less than 24 months
- Have been issued at least 6 months before you apply for New York License
You cannot exchange your license if it is
- Suspended or revoked
- Lost or stolen
- Hardship or an employment only driver license
- Marked non-renewable or non-transferable
Steps to Exchange Your New York Driver License
- Complete application form MV-44 and visit your local DMV Office
- Pass vision test
- Surrender your out-of-state driver’s license
- Provide at least two points of ID and DOB, as listed
- Show valid social security card or letter from SSA with your social security number
- Pay $10 application fee with cash, check, money order or credit card
What need to bring when you visit to New York DMV office?
You need to do this transaction by visiting in person, at New York DMV office. To complete this process you make sure you have documents and proofs of identity you need. You need to provide following documents
- Pass vision test at DMV or bring completed eye test report
- Surrender your out-of-state license, unless it is lost or stolen
- Bring proof of identity.
- Provide proof of your Social Security Number
- Provide proof of residency
- Have payment for new driver license
- Drivers from other countries
You can drive in New York State with valid driver license from another country. You don’t need to apply for New York State driver license unless you become New York State resident.
Renewing your New York Driver License
You can feel renewing your driver license is like pain, but it is easier to handle if you understand basics of renewal process in New York. If you do not renew your license before it expires and you continue to drive, you could face fines and penalties. These are things you should keep in mind about renewing your New York driver license. For more details on renewing license see https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/renew-license
When to renew your New York License?
Your driver license will expire on your birthday, and you will receive renewal notice about month and half before it expires. If you have valid New York License, you can renew it up to year before it expires and up to two years after it expires. Since you had valid license and it has been expire more than two years, then you need to apply for New York State License.
To apply New York state license you need to give written test, vision test, road test and required course. Members of military that are on duty and are outside of New York can complete form and have their license extended until they return home. Once renewed, your license expiration date will be extended for 8 years.
New York License Renewal by Mail, In-Person and Online Methods
Easiest way to renew your New York driver’s license is by doing it online. You can renew your license online at New York DMV Renew License webpage. Before you do, however, you need to pass vision test. You don’t have to go to DMV office to do this, you can visit DMV-approved vision test provider, who’ll give you your test and then electronically submit results directly to New York DMV.
If you choose to renew your license in-person, you need to complete an application form, take vision test or bring in proof of your recent exam results, and bring payment for your renewal fee. You can renew your license by mail by sending in required application forms, proof of vision test, proof of identification, and payment. You can check form https://dmv.ny.gov/forms
Mail to below address
NYS Department of Motor Vehicles
207 Genesee Street, Suite 6
Utica, NY 13501-2874
Fees to renew your New York Driver license
Renew fee depends upon your driver license class. New York driver’s license is valid for 8 years. Your renewal fee is on renewal application and also displayed before you pay online. They are also listed on below for different types of licenses. Below fees listed include photo document fee and Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee if required.
Class A, B or C or CDL
- $164.50 without MCTD fee
- $180.50 with MCTD fee
Class D or DJ
- $64.50 without MCTD fee
- $80.50 with MCTD fee
- $112.50 without MCTD fee
- $128.50 with MCTD fee
Class M or MJ
- $72.50 without MCTD fee
- $88.50 with MCTD fee
If you apply at New York DMV office or by mail, you can pay by credit, debit card or check or money order made to Commissioner of Motor Vehicles. To apply online, you must use credit or debit card. Additional fees may apply for certain endorsements and if you live in certain counties.
What document you need to bring to NY DMV when renewing your license?
Renew your driver license or non-driver ID now. You need to bring following documents.
- Your driver license or ID card
- Last 4 digits of your Social Security number
- Proof of Vision test results submitted online by vision test provider or completed MV-619 (needed for license only)
- Fees to Renew Your NY Driver License
- You will also need to provide proof of your identity
- Completed and signed NY driver’s license renewal notice.
How to change your address on New York Driver’s license?
If you move, you must report change of residence address on license, permit, non-driver ID, or registration to New York Department of Motor Vehicles within 10 days. It is simple to change your address and New York DMV offers you several options in taking care of it. Below we discuss fines and penalties linked with breaking this law and also listed several methods that will help you update your address with DMV.
What are fines and penalties for not updating address with DMV?
New York vehicle and traffic law article of states says that failing to notify DMV that your address has changed will fine $75.00 with an additional $93.00 surcharge. There are instructions to change your name or other (non-address) information. https://dmv.ny.gov/address-change/change-your-name-or-non-address-information-dmv-documents
Remember that changing address you have on file with United States Postal Service (USPS) does not automatically update your address on file with Department of Motor Vehicles. If you would like to change your address online read http://dmv.ny.gov/address-change/change-address-my-license-registrations . Below are steps required to change your address with Department of Motor Vehicles either by mail or by phone?
How do you Change Address on NY license by Mail?
- First fill out MV-232 form http://dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv232 .pdf
- You can find payment information on change address form or appropriate fee as listed below. These documents take about four weeks to arrive in mail
- Mail form and your payment if needed to
Fees for change address by mail
- New driver’s license or learner’s – $17.50
- New ID card – $8.00
- For 10 years ID card – $6.50
New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV)
License Production Bureau
PO Box 2895
Albany, NY 12220-0895
Online Drivers License Address Changes in New York
An online driver’s license change of address procedure is available through New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) website https://dmv.ny.gov/ . To begin the procedure of change address on your license you need provide ID number and document number from your most recently issued New York State. For more details on change of address check http://dmv.ny.gov/address-change/change-address-my-license-registrations
How to change your address on New York driver license by phone or at In-person?
You must have your current photo ID ready so that you can provide your identification number to DMV agent on phone. This process can also be completed in person at New York’s Department of Motor Vehicle locations. You can click here for nearby locations http://dmv.ny.gov/offices
Unless you need to change your name or you want new photo on your license or non-driver ID, there is no need to come to New York DMV office. Have your new address information handy and a credit card so that you can process your payment. Below are costs if you want to change your address over phone.
- New Driver’s license or learner’s permit – $22.50
- New ID card – $13.00
- 10 year ID card – $11.50
- New Registration Document by phone only – $8.00
If you still want to go to an office, bring completed Change Address (MV-232) form with you. If you want to replace your documents, be sure to bring payment for fees. Learn how to find a pre-licensing course and prepare for your road test. https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/prepare-your-road-test
How to Transfer New York Drivers License as New Resident of New York?
New residents must change address on driver’s license ID by transferring their out-of-state driving license. New York driver’s license change of address for out-of-state must occur no more than 30 days after establishing NY residency. You must complete transfer of your driver’s license details in person at nearby NY DMV location. For changing driver’s license address information by transferring you must submit
- Current out-of-state driver’s license
- Completed Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID (form MV-44)
- Proof of identification and proof of date of birth
- Payment for applicable fees
In addition to this documentation, you must surrender your out-of-state license and pass vision test. Also you may submit completed Eye Test Report (form MV-619) instead of taking vision test.
How to Schedule your appointment with New York DMV?
It can be busy at DMV, so take advantage of online scheduling option for driver’s exams. You can use online form to schedule an exam at an exam station. It is best to make an appointment in advance so that you don’t end up waiting long time. See how to schedule & take a road test. https://dmv.ny.gov/schedule-road-test
Appointments can be made on New York DMV website. This makes it much easier to take your test. You can schedule your driving test through online appointment services at http://www.nydmv.state.ny.us/rtphone.htm . All other section of driver’s license process is on walk in basis only.
What Information Covered in New York Driver Manual?
NY Driver Manual provides information regarding different types of licenses, state traffic laws, road signs, safe driving information and regulations all of which will help you drive safely and successfully.
- You must pull over and stop at side of road for any emergency vehicle with its lights or sirens on
- Signs in yellow with black lettering and symbols are usually warning signs
New York Responsible Driver Information provides general information about rules of road including traffic laws, parking, safety devices and more. When you drive in NYS, you are expected to know, and abide by, these rules. You can get a manual at Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) office or you can download it from DMV website. https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/drivers-manual-practice-tests
New York DMV Office Contact Information
You can call New York DMV call center representative for any general assistance on weekdays. They will available from Monday-Friday between 8:00AM-4:30PM (except holidays). Also you can save time without visiting DMV office. DMV persons may be able to help you online.
- For General Assistance (DMV Call Centers): 1-518-486-9786.
- For Deaf (TDD) – 711 or 1-800-662-1220 (have relay operator dial 1-518-486-9786).
See full list of DMV phone numbers and office hours http://dmv.ny.gov/contact-us/dmv-phone-numbers
Contact us by mail
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228