Learn the rules of the road

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

The online version of the manual contains Parts 2 and 3 (Chapters 4 through 12) of the printed manual. 1 Chapters 4 through 11 include material you must know to pass the DMV written test for a Class D, DJ or E learner permit. The chapters have interactive quizzes with actual test questions. 


Table of Contents

Part 1

Part 1 of the printed (PDF) NY State Driver's Manual (MV-21) includes the chapters "Driver Licenses," "Keeping Your License" and "Owning a Vehicle." While Part 1 contains information every driver should know, this information is not covered on the permit written test and is not included in the online manual.


Part 2
chapter 4 icon   Chapter 4: Traffic Control Chapter 4 Quiz
chapter 5 icon  Chapter 5:  Intersections and TurnsChapter 5 Quiz
chapter 6 icon  Chapter 6:  PassingChapter 6 Quiz
chapter 7 icon  Chapter 7:  Parallel ParkingChapter 7 Quiz


Part 3
chapter 8 icon  Chapter 8:  Defensive DrivingChapter 8 Quiz
chapter 9 icon  Chapter 9:  Alcohol and Other DrugsChapter 9 Quiz
chapter 10 icon  Chapter 10:  Special Driving ConditionsChapter 10 Quiz
chapter 11 icon  Chapter 11:  Sharing the RoadChapter 11 Quiz
chapter 12 icon  Chapter 12:  If You Are in a Traffic Crash No quiz for this chapter.
road signs you must know  Sign Chart: Road Signs You Must Know Road Signs Quiz
Take a final quiz from all chapters All Chapters Quiz


Note: Approximate metric equivalents to U.S. measures are provided for information only. New York State laws and regulations use U.S. measurements only.

The information in the manual is accurate as possible at the time of publication, but is subject to change. This manual is intended to provide basic information and cannot possibly cover every traffic law or situation.

If you have a question about the information supplied in the manual or a situation not covered, consult a Motor Vehicle office, or write to:

Office of Communications
Department of Motor Vehicles
6 Empire State Plaza
Albany, NY 12228

MV-21 (9/16)


  • 1. To read Part 1, you can download the printed PDF version.

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