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Driver license and learner permit fees and refunds

Fees for a learner permit and driver license

The fee for your first New York State driver license or permit, or a new license or permit after a revocation, depends on your age when you apply and where you live. The total fee includes

  • the driver license application fee
  • the fee for the type of license (see driver license classes for more info)
  • the document fees
  • the Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee, if you live in the MCTD


MCTD fee

Residents of these counties must pay a Metropolitan Commuter Transportation District (MCTD) fee: 

Bronx, Kings (Brooklyn), New York (Manhattan), Queens, Richmond (Staten Island), Dutchess, Nassau, Orange, Putnam, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester. 

The MCTD fee is $1.00 for every 6 months the permit or driver license will be in effect.


Fee chart

The table below shows the total fees you pay. The table does not show

  • fees for a commercial driver licenses (CDL)
  • the additional $30 fee to get an enhanced driver license (EDL) instead of a regular driver license
  • fees for a non-driver ID card
Applicant's AgeClass D or DJClass EClass M or MJ**
16 to 16½$80.00 / $90.00*Not available at this age$85.00 / $95.00*
16½ to 17$76.75 / $85.75*Not available at this age$81.25 / $90.25*
17 to 17½$92.50 / $102.50*Not available at this age$97.50 / $107.50*
17½ to 18$89.25 / $98.25*Not available at this age$93.75 / $102.75*
18 to 18½$80.00 / $90.00*$110.00 / $120.00*$85.00 / $95.00*
18½ to 21$76.75 - $80.00
$85.75 - $90.00*
$103.75 - $110.00
$112.75 - $120.00*
$81.25 - $85.00
$90.25 - $95.00*
21 and older$64.25 - $67.50
$73.25 - $77.50*
$91.25 - $97.50
$100.25 - $107.25*
$68.75 - $72.50
$77.75 - $82.50*

* Includes MCTD

** Part of the Class M and MJ fee supports the Motorcycle Safety Program in New York State.


Fee to replace a driver license or learner permit

The fee to replace a driver license or learner permit is $17.50.

 

Fee to change information on a driver license or learner permit.

The fee to change information (amend) on a driver license or learner permit is $12.50.


Fee for an Enhanced Driver License (EDL).

There is an additional $30.00 fee for an Enhanced Driver License.


Fee for a motorcycle license

The fees you pay when you get your first motorcycle license depend on

  • whether or not you currently have another class of New York State driver license and
  • your exact age when you apply.

The fees for a Class M or MJ driver license, or to add class M or MJ to your current driver license, can range from $21 to $120. We cannot calculate your exact fee until you apply.

 

Can I get a refund of my driver license fees?

You can receive a partial refund of the 8-year driver license fee if you qualify. The maximum amount you can receive is 50% (four years) of the original 8-year driver license fee. The partial refund does not include any application or document fees.

You can qualify for a partial refund if your driver license

  • was valid for 8 years when it was issued
  • is surrendered to us or to another state during the first 4 years of the 8-year period
  • was not suspended or revoked when you surrendered it
  • was not exchanged for a non-driver ID card

To apply for a refund you must

  • apply no later than 51 months after the date your driver license was issued
  • complete a Request for Refund of Fee Paid for Motor Vehicle Registrations and Driver Licenses (MV-215)
  • attach the driver license to form MV-215 if you did not already surrender your driver license
  • if you exchanged your NYS driver license for a driver license in another state, attach a photocopy of your out-of-state driver license to form MV-215
  • mail the required form and documents to the address listed on the form
  • allow up to 12 weeks for the refund to be processed

For your convenience, many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.