Learner Permits

 This page was updated for COVID-19.


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.

Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.

We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.

See instructions and reservation information for your county



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. 

What you need to apply


Prepare for written test



Take road test to get your driver license

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


Existing permit holders