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.