Get a driver license
If you are age 16 or over, you can apply for a NYS driver license. The first step is to apply for a learner permit at a DMV office. Save time by completing and printing the Application for a Driver License form (MV-44) before you go to the DMV and be sure to bring acceptable proof of your identity and age.
Once you have a learner permit, you must have supervised driving practice and take a pre-licensing course or a driver education course before you take your road test.
To get started, you should read
Note: If you are under age 18 or the parent of a driver under age 18, it is very important that you understand the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law and the restrictions on drivers under age 18.
How do I get a commercial driver license (CDL)?
For information on how to get a commercial driver license (CDL), see Get a CDL.
What happens after I pass my road test?
- our license examiner gives you an interim license that allows you to drive; keep the interim license with your photo learner permit
- if you are under age 18 and have a Class DJ, MJ or DJMJ driver license, you must obey the restrictions for junior drivers - for more information, see Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law and the restrictions on drivers under age 18
- allow two weeks to receive your photo driver license in the mail
What is the probationary period for new drivers?
Once you pass a road test for a new driver license or to restore a revoked driver license, you must serve a six-month probationary period. This period begins on the date you pass the road test.
During your probationary period, your driver license will be suspended for 60 days if you are convicted of any the following
- participating in a speed contest
- reckless driving
- following too closely
- use of a mobile telephone
- use of a portable electronic device (for example a smart phone, tablet, GPS or MP3 player)
- any two other moving violations
After the suspension ends, you must serve a second six-month probation period.
If you are convicted of one of the listed violations (or two other moving violations) committed during the second probation period, your driver license will be revoked for at least six months.
When the revocation ends, you must serve another a six month probationary period.