Learner permit restrictions

No matter what age you are, if you hold a learner permit, you may not drive unless accompanied by a supervising driver age 21 or older who has a valid license to operate the vehicle you are driving. For example, only a person with a motorcycle license may supervise a person learning to drive a motorcycle.

Prepare for your road test

What do I need to do before I take my road test?

Once you have a learner permit, you must

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

Driver license and learner permit fees and refunds

Fees for a learner permit and driver license

The fee for your first New York State driver license or permit, or a new license or permit after a revocation, depends on your age when you apply and where you live. The total fee includes

Change name or non-address information

How do I change the name on my learner permit or driver license?

You must visit your local DMV office to change your first, middle, or last name. Bring all of the following

Vision requirements & restrictions

You must pass a vision test when you apply for a driver license or to renew your license. The test must show that you have visual acuity of at least 20/40 (based on the Snellen Visual Acuity Scale) in either or both eyes, with or without corrective lenses. 

You may take a vision test at a DMV office or your vision test results may be submitted to DMV

Proof requirements for a permit, license or non-driver ID

If you plan on traveling

We recommend you come to the DMV now to get an Enhanced or REAL ID, and avoid a second office visit later.


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