Learner Permits

 This page was updated for COVID-19.

All driver licenses and permits that expired March 1, 2020, or after are extended by Executive Order at least through July 5, 2021. In addition, the federal REAL ID enforcement deadline has been extended until May 3, 2023. Generally, you cannot renew a permit and will need to take a road test or apply for a new permit before your permit expires.


Getting a permit is the first step to get your driver license. You must be 16 or older and must apply in person at a DMV office.


Green Light Law

See information on how to apply for a learner permit under New York State's Green Light Law.


Get your permit

When you apply for a permit, you will need to provide proof of identification and take a written test. 

Get a driver learner permit

Get a motorcycle learner permit

What you need to apply


Prepare for written test



Take a road test to get your driver license

After you get your permit, you can drive with certain restrictions.


Existing permit holders