Learner Permits

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

Take road test to get your driver license

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


Existing permit holders