Get a hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsement

How do I get a hazardous materials (HazMat) endorsement?

You must first have a CDL to apply for the HazMat endorsement. A driver with a NYS CDL must have an "H" or an "X" HazMat endorsement to operate commercial motor vehicles that carry hazardous materials. Read the CDL Manual (CDL-10), Hazardous Materials Manual (CDL-11), and Driver License Class Descriptions (MV-500C)  for more information.

Medical Certification Requirements


New Federal regulations require that every commercial learner permit (CLP) holder or driver license (CDL) holder must certify to the type of commercial driving they currently perform (or expect to perform).

About the NYS Driver Point System

What is the Driver Violation Point System and how does it work?

The Driver Violation Point System gives the New York State DMV a way to identify and take action against high risk drivers.  The DMV assigns points for certain traffic violations. If you get 11 points in an 18-month period, your driver license may be suspended.

Pay driver responsibility assessment

What is a driver responsibility assessment?

The driver responsibility assessment is a fee you must pay to DMV over a three year period if you are convicted of certain traffic offenses in New York State or accumulate 6 or more points on your driving record within 18 months.  This fee is in addition to any fines, penalties or surcharges that you must pay for a traffic conviction.  The purpose of the assessment is to prevent the repeated behavior of problem drivers and to improve traffic safety.  

Penalties for alcohol or drug-related violations

Driving while intoxicated is a crime. Your judgment, coordination and ability to drive a vehicle change when you consume any amount of alcohol. The level of impairment depends on five conditions

Cell phone use & texting

Never text while driving. It can wait!

Make our roads safer and save lives. Be smart and familiarize yourself with the special "Texting Zone" locations along the New York State Thruway and State Highways.


Under New York State law you cannot use a hand-held mobile telephone or portable electronic device while you drive. Illegal activity includes holding a portable electronic device and

Reduce points and insurance rate

The Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP)

PIRP is also known as the Defensive Driving Course or Motor Vehicle Accident Prevention Course. It is a comprehensive driver safety course which provides knowledge and techniques for safe and lawful driving.  Private companies and organizations all over the state offer the course.  To be approved by DMV, courses must meet strict standards for the type of information presented and program effectiveness.


What are the benefits of taking a Defensive Driving/Accident Prevention course?

Find Traffic Violations Bureau (TVB) locations


New York City

Traffic Violations ONLYno other DMV services

New York City Metropolitan Area Call Centers

  • Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. weekdays (except state holidays)
  • Phone: 718-488-5710



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