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How to Get a New York Driver’s License

First, You Need to Get A Permit

  • Read the DMV Handbook- Get it here
  • Take A Free Practice Test
  • Get 14 out of 20 multiple choice questions correct to pass (Unlimited attempts until you pass)

Complete the Official DMV
Pre-licensing Course or
Driver Education Course

  • Go to a local NY DMV or take course online (Make sure course is DMV-approved)
  • Pay fee for exam (Fees vary depending on company/school)
  • Complete the 5-hour course and receive a course certificate (It’s a pass-only course)

Lastly, you will need to pass the road test. Oh, but before you attempt to do that, those under 18 must have practiced driving with supervision for a minimum of 50 hours (at least 15 hours after sunset and 10 hours in moderate to heavy traffic).

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Pass the Road Test

  • Go to local NY DMV (See if you need appointment)
  • Pay fee for exam (Fees vary depending on city)
  • Drive well to extremely well and pass your road test! (If you fail, you can take it again, but you’ll pay additional fees)

Pass the official DMV road test… and BAM! You will receive an interim license which allows you to drive until you get the official photo-one-with-your-smiling-face-on-it in the mail in the following 2 weeks.

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The NY Pre-Licensing Course, also known as the 5-hour course, is a training course developed by DMV that provides information to new drivers, such as basic road rules, safe driving concepts, defensive driving skills, and other factors that affect driving to help drive them safely.

New drivers are required to complete this course (or Driver Education Course accredited by New York State) before they can schedule their driving test to receive their NY driver license.

Yes. Our NY Pre-Licensincg course is approved by the state of New York and the NY DMV.

Currently, the state rules require that classroom courses be a minimum of 5 hours of instruction time. More information about the online course time requirement should be available in a few months.

Students must be at least 16 years old, and have their NY learner permit to take the 5-hour pre-licensing course.

Starting in mid-2020 (exact date TBA), New Yorkers will be able to take this online course instead of going to an in-person, 5-hour pre-licensing course or in-classroom driver's ed class.

No, it does not. If you take this course instead of driver's ed, you will need to complete 50 hours total of supervised driving.

You can log out and back in as often as you like! The course will pick up where you left off.

We believe the certificate will be made available immediately upon completion, however, this information will be confirmed later in the year.

More info in June 2020.

Information to come.

Current courses include review-only quizzes. Whether or not the online course will have quizzes will be announced later in the year.

This information will be made available later this year.