Learner's permit in New York

Learner's permits for new drivers in New York

How to get a learner's permit in New York

You have to be at least 16 years old to apply for a learner's permit in New York. If you are under 18 your parent or legal guardian must sign the consent section on New York's driver's license application.

Bring the following when you apply for a learner's permit in New York:

  • The New York driver's manual will be very helpful when applying for your learner's permit.
  • If you are under 18 years of age, you must have the application form attested by a parent or a legal guardian.
  • If you are 17 years or older and have the certification of completion for an approved driver's education course, you will not be required to have parental consent.

When you go to your local DMV office and hand in your application, bring the following:

  • 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.
  • Your social security card.
  • Cash/credit card or personal check.

You will be given a written knowledge test and an eye screening at the DMV office. If you have a valid eye test report you could also provide the DMV with a (MV-619) form. After passing both tests you will then be handed your New York learner's permit.

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