Pay driver civil penalty

A driver civil penalty is a fine you must pay to DMV for certain offenses before your license or driving privilege can be restored after a suspension or revocation. This fine is in addition to any other fines, penalties or surcharges that you must pay for a traffic conviction.  The purpose of the driver civil penalty is to prevent the repeated behavior of problem drivers and to improve traffic safety.  The quickest and easiest way to pay a driver civil penalty is online.

Suspensions and revocations

Conviction of a serious traffic violation or multiple traffic violations can result in the suspension or revocation of your driver license or privilege to drive in New York State.  It is illegal to drive here when your driver license or driving privilege 

Leandra's Law & ignition interlock devices

What is "Leandra's Law"?

Leandra's Law was signed into law on November 18, 2009 in honor of Leandra Rosado. Leandra was an 11-year old killed while she rode in a vehicle with the intoxicated mother of one of her friends. In response to this tragedy, the NYS Legislature made several changes to the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL). The law strengthened the penalties against motorists who drink and drive, and requires that

Requirements and forms for pre-licensing course providers

What is the Pre-licensing Course? 

The Pre-licensing Course, also known as “the 5-hour course,” is a DMV-designed classroom course that provides new drivers with information to help them drive safely.  New drivers must complete this course (or a New York State approved Driver Education Course) before they can schedule their driving test for their driver license.  For many students, the course is the only formal opportunity to learn the basic rules of the road, safe driving principles, defensive driving skills, and other factors which affect driving.

Replace license or permit

You can replace your license or permit (including commercial and enhanced) if it was lost, stolen or destroyed, or after you update your address. You can't replace your document if it is expired. 

If you are turning 21 soon, order within 40 days of your birthday. 1

Important: New York offers three types of license or permits


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