New York State Driver's Manual & practice tests

The New York State Driver’s Manual will prepare you for your written permit test and road test, or help you brush up on the rules of the road.

Download a print PDF version

Open and download a full PDF print version of the Driver’s Manual (77 pages, 1.2 MBs).

Open PDF Manual

You must have a version number of 7.0 or later of Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on your computer. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader® is free at the Adobe website.


Use the online version with practice tests

The online version of the manual contains Parts 1, 2 and 3 (Chapters 1 through 12) of the printed manual. 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.

While Part 1 contains information every driver should know, this information is not covered on the permit written test.

Table of contents
Part 1No quiz 
Chapter 1: Driver LicensesNo quiz for this chapter.
Chapter 2:  How to Keep Your LicenseNo quiz for this chapter.
Chapter 3:  Owning a VehicleNo quiz for this chapter.
Part 2No quiz
Chapter 4: Traffic ControlChapter 4 Quiz
Chapter 5:  Intersections and TurnsChapter 5 Quiz
Chapter 6:  PassingChapter 6 Quiz
Chapter 7:  Parallel ParkingChapter 7 Quiz
Part 3No quiz
Chapter 8:  Defensive DrivingChapter 8 Quiz
Chapter 9:  Alcohol and Other DrugsChapter 9 Quiz
Chapter 10:  Special Driving ConditionsChapter 10 Quiz
Chapter 11:  Sharing the RoadChapter 11 Quiz
Chapter 12:  If You Are in a Traffic CrashNo quiz for this chapter.
Sign Chart: Road Signs You Must Know Road Signs Quiz
Take a final quiz from all chaptersAll Chapters Quiz


Pick-up or order a printed copy

Single, printed copies of DMV manuals for drivers are also available free of charge at DMV offices or by mail through the DMV Call Center for your area code.

Bulk print order for public and private organizations

For bulk manual orders for public or private organizations, use the online DMV Manual Order transaction.

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 as 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 (5/23)


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