Driver's Manual & Practice Tests

  • New drivers, prepare for your NYS learner permit test and your road test.
  • Veteran drivers, brush up on the rules of the road.

About the online version of the NYS Driver's Manual

The online version of the NYS Driver's Manual contains substantially the same information contained in Parts 2 and 3 of the printed manual (Chapters 4 through 12) dated 9/11. Chapters 4 through 11 include the material you must read and understand to pass the written test for a Class D, DJ or E learner permit. Each of those chapters has an interactive quiz that includes actual DMV written test questions.

This version normally has the most up-to-date information. If you want the complete version of the NYS Driver's Manual that includes both Part One and Part Two, download the PDF version. You must have a version number of 7.0 or later of Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on your computer. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader® is free at the Adobe web site.

How to use the online version

  1. Read a chapter.
  2. Take the quiz for that chapter and get your grade.
  3. If you miss a question, the quiz results page provides a direct link to the correct information in the online Manual. Read the manual sections for the answers you got wrong.
  4. Take the quiz again, if necessary, and then go on to the next chapter.


Additional information

You can make a reservation online before visiting offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties to apply for a permit.

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To get instructions on how to apply for your permit and driver license, and for additional information about driving in NYS, see Driver License Information.

For information about vehicle ownership, see Register and title a vehicle.


Table of Contents

Part One

Part One of the printed NYS Driver's Manual (MV-21) includes the chapters "Driver Licenses," "Keeping Your License" and "Owning a Vehicle." While Part One contains important information every driver should know, the information is not covered on your learner permit written test and is not included here.

Part Two

chapter 4 icon   Chapter 4: Traffic Control Chapter 4 Quiz
chapter 5 icon  Chapter 5:  Intersections and TurnsChapter 5 Quiz
chapter 6 icon  Chapter 6:  PassingChapter 6 Quiz
chapter 7 icon  Chapter 7:  Parallel ParkingChapter 7 Quiz

Part Three

chapter 8 icon  Chapter 8:  Defensive DrivingChapter 8 Quiz
chapter 9 icon  Chapter 9:  Alcohol and Other DrugsChapter 9 Quiz
chapter 10 icon  Chapter 10:  Special Driving ConditionsChapter 10 Quiz
chapter 11 icon  Chapter 11:  Sharing the RoadChapter 11 Quiz
chapter 12 icon  Chapter 12:  If You Are in a Traffic Crash No quiz for this chapter.
road signs you must know  Sign Chart: Road Signs You Must Know Road Signs Quiz


Note: Approximate metric equivalents to U.S. measures are provided for information only. New York State laws and regulations use U.S. measurements only.

The information in the manual is accurate as possible at the time of publication, but is subject to change. This manual is intended to provide basic information and cannot possibly cover every traffic law or situation.

If you have a question about the information supplied in the manual or a situation not covered, consult a Motor Vehicle office, or write to:

Office of Communications
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228

MV-21 (9/13)

Table of Contents


Make a reservation online before visiting DMV offices in New York City, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, Rockland, Onondaga or Albany Counties.

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