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    SUMMARY: New York Driver's Manual

    The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides various publications to help drivers, including the driver’s manual, commercial driver’s manual, and motorcycle handbook. If you’re interested in the state’s traffic laws, read the New York Vehicle Code.

    On this page, you’ll find links to the various manuals designed to help you get on the road safely in New York.

    NY Driver’s Manual

    The NY Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) provides the New York Driver’s Manual online (also offered in Spanish). You can study the manual to prepare for the New York's learner's permit exam and road test. Topics include:

    • Applying for a New York driver’s license.
    • Road signs.
    • Intersections, turns, and road signals.
    • Parallel parking.
    • What to do in the event of an accident.
    • Defensive driving techniques.

    The online version of the manual includes interactive quizzes at end of every chapter.

    Try an Online Practice Test!

    When preparing for the written exam the NY Driver Manual is a great place to start, but we suggest finishing with an online practice test from our approved partner.

    Commercial Driver's Manual

    Before applying for a commercial driver's license (CDL) in New York, you’ll need to study the NY Commercial Driver’s Manual (also provided in Spanish). Topics include:

    • How to apply for a New York CDL.
    • Transporting cargo and passengers safely.
    • Air brakes.
    • Hazardous materials vehicles.
    • School buses.

    Take an online practice test to prepare for the CDL knowledge exam.

    New York Motorcycle Manual

    To learn how to obtain your motorcycle license in New York, read the NY DMV Motorcycle Manual. It covers the following subjects:

    • Motorcycle safety courses.
    • Getting a NY motorcycle license.
    • Helmet and protective clothing.
    • Motorcycle controls.
    • Braking and shifting gears.
    • Switching lanes safely.
    • Motorcycle registration.

    In addition to reading the motorcycle manual, you can take an online practice test to make sure you’re ready for the DMV exam.

    Vehicle Code in New York

    Browse through the New York Vehicle Code for details about laws related to driving in New York, such as licensing, registration, vehicle equipment, and safe driving.

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