Moving to NY

 

What does 'TEMPORARY VISITOR' mean? 

A Temporary Visitor is defined as anyone who is not immigrating to or not permanently residing (living) in the United States. These visitors have US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documentation that supports their legal status in this country. 

If you have DHS documents that identify you as a Temporary Visitor and have a REAL ID, your New York State driver license, permit or non-driver ID card will have

  • 'TEMPORARY VISITOR' on it, and
  • the expiration date from your DHS document

Please note that your DMV document does not expire on the Temporary Visitor expiration date, nor will your privilege to drive in New York.  

You do not need to be a US Citizen to get a New York driver license, permit or non-driver ID card

However, if you are applying for a REAL ID document,you must have US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) documentation that supports your legal status in this country.  The expiration date from your DHS document is added to your New York State permit, driver license or non-driver ID card. Learn more about how to get a

 

If I have a driver license from another country and I have a NY State learner permit, can I drive without a supervising driver?

Yes. Your valid foreign driver license allows you to drive without a supervising driver. You can drive on any street, road, highway, bridge, or tunnel, except in a DMV road test area.

If your driver license is printed in any language except English, you must bring an International Driving Permit or a certified translation of your driver license to the road test. The translation must be certified by a consulate, the US Department of State, or another official agency. The translation must include

  • your name
  • your date of birth
  • the expiration date of your foreign driver license
  • a list of the types of vehicles that your foreign driver license allows you to drive

If you have a NY State learner permit, and you do not have a valid foreign driver license, NY State law requires a supervising driver to ride with you. The supervising driver must be age 21 or over and must have a valid driver license to operate the vehicle that you drive.