Drive in New York State with an out-of-state permit
Can I drive in New York State with an out-of-state learner permit?
You may drive in New York State with a learner permit issued in another state if
- you are age 16 or older
- your out-of-state learner permit is valid outside the issuing state
- you obey all restrictions of the state that issued the learner permit and
- the general restrictions for learner permit holders in New York State
- if you are under age 18, the additional restrictions explained in the Graduated Driver License (GDL) Law and drivers under age 18
Can I exchange my out-of-state learner permit for a New York State learner permit?
No, you can’t exchange an out-of-state permit for a NYS learner permit. You must apply for a New York State learner permit at a DMV office if your out-of-state learner permit does not allow you to drive in New York State.
We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.