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New York DMV Learner's Permit FAQ

  • When can I apply for a permit in New York?

    When you are 16 years old you can apply for your learner’s permit in New York.

  • What are the requirements to get a learners permit?

    If you are under 18 years of age, your parent or legal guardian must give their consent by signing your New York driver’s license application. This requirement is waived however if you are 17 and have completed an approved driver education program. To receive your Learner’s Permit you will also need to pass a written knowledge test (again if you have not completed a driver’s education course) and a vision test.

  • How many questions are on the permit test?

    There are a total of 20 questions on the written knowledge test.

  • How many questions must I answer correctly to pass?

    You must answer at least 14 questions correctly to pass.

  • What steps should I take to prepare for the test?

    To receive your learner’s permit as quickly as possible, we recommend that you study for the test. One particularly effective way to study is to take online practice exams that provide real sample questions from the state exam. Follow the link to take a New York practice permit test right now.

  • What percentage of people fail the permit test?

    Around 50% of first-time test takers fail the exam. While NY does not charge a retest fee, it’s important to prepare for the exam so you don’t have to make a return trip the to DMV.  To improve your odds of passing the first time, be sure to take multiple practice exams that have been designed to closely follow the actual test.

  • How much does the permit test cost?

    The permit fee varies based upon your age and county of residence. Visit the NY DMV’s fees page for a comprehensive list of permit and license fees.  Fees are payable with cash, check or credit card.



  • Where do I take the permit test?

    The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) licenses drivers in the state of New York. Visit to find a location near you.

  • What documents should I bring on test day?

    You will need to bring the following on the day of the exam:

    • Proof of your identity and age
    • Your Social Security Card
    • Completed Application for Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44)
    • Eye Test Report (MV-619) completed by an eye-care professional or pass a vision test at the DMV office
    • Payment for the testing and license fees

    See  for a complete list of applicable documents.

The New York DMV Learner’s Permit — What You Need to Know

Who wouldn’t want to get their learner’s permit? Imagine the feeling of being able to hop in the car and go wherever you please.  Getting your permit is the first step towards gaining the freedom and independence to go wherever you want, when you want.

But before you can start cruising New York’s roads and highways, the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires you to pass a driver’s knowledge test.  More commonly known as the New York permit test, this test will ensure you have the knowledge necessary to be a safe and courteous driver.  You’ll face questions on state traffic laws, rules of the road, and safe driving practices.

Increase Your Score With NY DMV Practice Permit Tests

It’s hard to believe that some people fail the written test as many as six times.  In fact, statistics have revealed that 50% of people fail the test every year.  A failed test means more wasted time at the DMV office as you take the exam again.  Who has time for that?

But, the good news is that we’re here to help.

Reduce you test anxiety and build your confidence by using our powerful list of study resources.  Our sample interactive New York practice permit tests will help you get a better feel for the test format and provide you with instant feedback so you know what areas you need to focus on. You’ll also get the official New York Driver’s Manual as a reference.  Interested in a motorcycle permit?  We have study tools for that exam as well.

We know you are eager to pass the NY permit test and get behind the wheel.   You’ll find that with a little preparation, you’ll soon find yourself in the driver’s seat.

Don’t put it off any longer.  Start now!