Motorcycle Manual: Earning Your License

Knowledge And Skill

Safe operation of a motorcycle requires knowledge and skill. License tests are the best measurement of the skills necessary to operate safely in traffic.  The assessment of your own skills is not enough. People often overestimate their own abilities. It is even harder for friends and relatives to be totally honest about your skills. License exams are designed to be scored more objectively.

Motorcycle Manual: Being in Shape to Ride

Being In Shape To Ride

Operation of a motorcycle is a complex task. Skilled riders pay attention to the environment and to the operation of the motorcycle. They try to identify potential hazards, make good judgments and execute decisions quickly and skillfully.  Your ability to perform and respond to road and traffic conditions that constantly change is influenced by how fit and alert you are. Alcohol and other drugs, more than any other factors, degrade your ability to think clearly and to ride safely. As little as one drink can have a significant effect on your performance.

Motorcycle Manual: Answers to Test Yourself

Answers to Test Yourself

 1 - C 2 - D 3 - D 4 - A 5 - B 6 - C 7 - D
 8 - D 9 - C10 - C11 - D12

Motorcycle Manual: Introduction

A message from Governor Andrew M. Cuomo

Motorcycling is a popular choice for economical and convenient travel. More than 241,000 New Yorkers use motorcycles for commuting, touring and recreational activities.

New York State Commercial Driver's Manual

Effective May 15, 2014 the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will no longer issue a
10-day temporary license document upon successful completion of a Commercial Driver License skills test, in order to comply with the Federal self-certification and medical certification requirements for commercial drivers.

Instead, commercial drivers will be issued a receipt indicating they must wait 1 business day before visiting a Motor Vehicles office in order to obtain a Commercial Driver’s License document.

About DMV forms

Many DMV PDF forms can be filled in online and then printed.

You are not required to complete these forms with your computer. You can print the form and use a typewriter or a pen that contains blue ink or black ink to complete the form.

You must have a version number of 7.0 or later of Adobe Acrobat Reader® installed on your computer to use a DMV form from the DMV website. The latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader® is free at the Adobe web site

Where to find your Client ID on your Learner Permit

The sample documents show where to find your DMV ID Number (Client ID)  on your New York State learner permit.

Client ID Sample

Transactions for businesses and organizations


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