Driver's Manual & Practice Tests

Prepare for your written permit test and road test, or brush up on the rules of the road.

About the online version of the NYS Driver's Manual

Get a driver license

New York State residents age 16 or over can apply for a New York driver license.  

Step 1:  Determine what license class and type you need

Class: most people get a class D - Operator (if 18 or older) or a DJ - Junior Operator (if under 18).  See instructions to get a

About bills of sale

Before you purchase a vehicle, a trailer, a boat, a snowmobile or an ATV, make sure that you can receive acceptable proof of ownership. Without it you can have difficulties when you go to register the vehicle, get a title certificate or transferable registration in your name.

Proof of ownership normally includes a bill of sale (in addition to a 'Retail Certificate of Sale' (MV-50) if purchased from a dealer, or a 'Certificate of Title' (MV-999) for private sales). The seller and the buyer complete the bill of sale. 

Remove or add a lienholder from a title

How to remove a lienholder from a title certificate

When you sell a vehicle, you do not need to remove a lien from the certificate of title. You can give the original title and the original lien release to the buyer. If you want to get a lien free title, please read below for further instructions.

To remove a lien, you do not need to go to your local DMV. Just mail these items:

Information About Email Addresses

You must provide an email address so that the DMV can send a confirmation message of your transaction to you.

Make sure your

  • email address is not blocked or protected (this can prevent the delivery of a confirmation message from us)
  • email program can receive email from addresses that include the domain:
  • email address is less than 46 characters long (we can't accept longer email addresses)

This is an example of a correct email address: username@

Renew a registration

You need to renew your registration before it expires. Your new registration documents will arrive in the mail in about 10 days. Renewing early will not change the new expiration date for your new registration.  Members of the Armed Forces may have more time to renew.  

You can’t renew a registration that

My Registrations and Paperless Reminders

Go Green! Go Paperless!

Sign-up to receive your registration renewal and inspection reminders by email through the MyDMV 'My Registrations and Paperless Reminders' service.  We'll stop sending your renewal reminders by regular mail.

Check the status of your registrations

You can you use 'My Registrations and Paperless Reminders' to see the status of all of your registered vehicles.

To use the service, you must be the primary registrant. That means your name must be the first one listed on the registration.


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