New York Driver’s License & Permit FAQ
How Can I Apply for my NY Driver’s License? Frequently Asked Questions
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What age can I apply for my permit in NY?You must be at least 16 years of age or older in order to apply for a New York State driver’s permit. If you are under the age of 18 you must have a parent or legal guardian sign the consent section of your driver’s license application also known as form MV-44.
What documents do I need to bring when applying for my license in New York?Be sure to have:
- Form MV-44 (also known as the Driver’s License Application)
- Your social security card
- Application Fee
- Form MV-619 signed by an eye care professional if you choose not to take the vision test at the DMV
- • Documents that prove your age and identity
FORMS OF ID Point Value Serve as Proof of Date of Birth If under 21: Form MV-45 signed by parent or legal guardian 4 NO NY State Photo Driver license / Learner Permit / Non-Driver ID Card (must be current or not expired for more than 2yrs) 6 NO US Passport / Passport Card 4 YES US Military Photo ID Card (issued to active, reserve or retired personnel only) 3 YES Certificate of Citizenship 3 YES Certificate of Naturalization 3 YES Welfare / Medicaid / NY State Card with PHOTO 3 NO Welfare / Medicaid / NY State Card without PHOTO 2 NO Employment Authorization Card With photo must be issued by INS/DHS 3 YES For those Represented by Government or Government Approved Facilities: See Form MV-45A Statement of Identity 4 NO For Disenfranchised or homeless youth: See Form MV-45B Statement of Identity 4 NO Permanent Resident Card I-551 3 YES Reentry Permit 3 YES Refugee Travel Document 3 YES Foreign Passport with valid I-551 stamp or with statement on VISA written in ENGLISH or translated by an embassy 3 YES NY State License Interim Permit without photo 2 NO NY or NYC Pistol permit 2 NO NYS Professional license 2 NO NYS vehicle or boat Registration Document 2 NO NY Certificate of Title 2 NO Foreign passport with a VISA and a valid
I-94 issued by INS/DHS written in ENGLISH or translated by an embassy
If your I-94 status code has:
F1 (Student) or F2 (spouse or child of a student), you must show the original stamped IN/DHS form I-20 with any other I-20 “notice of approval” (if appropriate). To be acceptable the student’s school must be in NYS
J1 (exchange visitor) or J2 (spouse or child of an exchange visitor) you must show the original stamped INS/DHS form DS-2019 with any other IAP-66 and “notice of approval” (if appropriate)
A1, A2, G1 or G3: Contact the Department of State for a driver’s license, learner’s permit or non-driver ID card
G-4: Apply for DMV services only at DMV’S Herald Square Office
I: Bring a letter from the foreign press center to the DMV’s Herald Square Office
Refugees and asylees must submit paperwork to the Supervisor for approval
3 YES St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Photo ID Card 2 NO Canadian Birth Certificate with St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Photo ID Card 2 YES US Military Dependent ID Card 2 NO US College ID Card with Photo and Transcript 2 NO US High School ID card with Report Card 2 NO US Marriage or divorce record or court issued name change decree 2 NO US Computer Printed Pay Stub (must have your name on it) 1 NO US Employee ID Card 1 NO US HighSchool Diploma or GED certificate 1 NO US Supermarket Check Cashing Card with your pre-printed name and signature on it 1 NO US Union Card 1 NO US health Insurance card/Prescription Card 1 NO US Life insurance policy (active 2 yrs) 1 NO US Utility Bill including name and address 1 NO Veterans universal Access Photo ID Card 1 NO W-2 Form must have social security number on it 1 NO Only 1 of the following items if issued by the same financial institution:US Bank Statement US Cancelled Check with your printed name on it US Cash Card (ATM) must have your pre-printed name and signature Valid major US Credit Card 1 NO Photo Driver License issued from another US State, jurisdiction or possession or Canadian providence or territory. (Must be current or not expired longer than a year) 2 NO US or US Territory Birth Certificate showing first and last name issued by a Board of Health, Bureau of Vital Statistics, or US State Department 0 YES US DOS Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240, DS-1350, F-545) 0 YES
Where can I apply for my driver’s license in NY?
How can I contact the New York DMV office?You can contact your nearest New York State DMV office by simply picking up the phone and calling. Someone there will be able to assist you!
Who must bring me for my permit test in New York?You may bring your supervised licensed driver who must be age 21 or older with a VALID driver’s license.
Is a physical required to get a permit in NYS?No physical is required in order to get a permit in New York. However, you, a physician, or some concerned citizen may report any possible medical issues that could effect your driving skills. If this becomes a concern, then further measures are taken by a licensed examiner. This is decided on a case by case basis.
Do I need to take a vision test when applying for the NYS driver’s license?Absolutely! You must have your vision tested when applying for a New York license. You have two options in doing this. You can either take the test at the DMV or bring in Form MV-619 (Eye Test Report) signed by an eye-care professional. The exam must have been performed and dated no longer than 6 months prior.
Where can I get my driving license photo taken?Once you have successfully passed your road test, you will have your driver’s license photo taken at the DMV the same day. So look your best!
What to wear for driver’s license picture?You may wear anything you like. Since only your face will be seen in the photo, it will not matter. Remember though, you can not wear a hat or cap.
What colors should I avoid wearing when taking picture for my license?There are no colors you should avoid. Wear what ever color you like.
Do I need to put up hair when taking driver’s license photo?You may wear your hair how you would normally wear it; however, it should not be covering your face or your eyes. The purpose of the photo is to be able to identify who you really are. Besides, you would not want to hide that amazing face!
What make-up to wear when I get my NY driver’s license picture taken?Wear your normal make-up; however, the less make-up the better. As long as you are not wearing so much make-up to where you are unrecognizable, you will be fine!
Why is it best not to smile when taking your drivers license picture?Some states are moving towards face recognition technology that will be able to uniquely identify each individual. A straight face helps distinguish who you really are. This is all in an effort to stop fraud.
What are some tips for getting the best out of the driver’s license picture?Look straight into the camera and keep a calm and relaxed face.
What happens after I have applied for my New York driver’s permit?You will need to pass your permit test first. After you have passed your permit test, you must wait at least 6 months before taking the road test. Your permit is valid for 3 to 5 years. During this time, you are required to practice driving with a licensed driver who is over the age of 21. This person must be sitting next to you in the vehicle at all times.
I have a question that’s not answered above. What do I do?If you can’t find the answer to your question above, please use our Beginner Driver Q & A Section to get a professional answer from our experts! If you need any further assistance, you’re welcome to contact us directly at email@example.com.
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