Are you REAL ID ready?
If your New York State license or ID does not have a star or a flag on it, then you do not have a REAL ID compliant document.
Starting October 2020, you must have a REAL ID compliant document (or a passport) to fly. You will not be allowed to board a plane using your regular ('Standard') license or ID. Learn more about REAL ID or Enhanced Licenses, Permits and IDs.
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.
Get your permit
You will first apply for your permit and take a written exam. Find an office location and see if a reservation is necessary for written test.
Prepare for written test
Apply in DMV office
- Steps for getting a learner permit
- Steps for getting a motorcycle permit
- Vision requirements & restrictions
- Proofs of identification
- Fees & refunds
- DMV office locations
Take road test to get your driver license
After you get your permit, you can drive with certain restrictions.
Existing permit holders