Learner's Permit Checklist in New York

Learner's Permit Checklist

How to Get Your New York Learner's Permit

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete a practice test (optional)**
  • Make an appointment with your local NY DMV office
  • Bring all documents and payment, and take all required permit tests

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Bring to the NY DMV office:

* See below for a list of acceptable documents.

At the DMV...

  • Submit the required documents listed above.
  • Pass your written knowledge exam.
  • Pass a vision test.
    • Waived if you provide the completed Eye Test Report (Form MV-619)—see above.
  • Pay the permit fee (see the DMV's list).

List of Acceptable Identity Documents

From the list below, you must provide-

  • 1 document proving your date of birth.
  • Documents proving your name and date of birth.
    • This is in addition to providing your Social Security card. If you are ineligible for a Social Security number, you must provide documents, plus a letter from the SSA declaring your ineligibility.

Proof of Name and DOB

  • Original birth certificate.
  • Valid U.S. passport.
  • NYS driver's license or ID card.
  • U.S. or Canadian Driver's license.
  • Statement of Identity and/or Residence (Form MV-45)
    • For applicants under 21 years old, must be signed at DMV office by parent/guardian)
  • U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad.
  • U.S. military ID.
  • Certificate of Citizenship.
  • Certificate of Naturalization.

For a full list of acceptable documents, please reference the NY DMV's proof of identification instructions form.

NOTE to applicants under 21 years old:

Permit applicants younger than 21 years old may not possess some of the eligible documents listed above to prove their identity.

If this is the case, your parent or guardian may complete the Form MV-45 (see above), but you will STILL need to provide proof of your birthdate, as well as your Social Security card (or proof of ineligibility).


Vision Test Report
Submit this form in lieu of taking a vision exam at the NY DMV when applying for your driver's license. Must be completed by a medical professional.
Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian
Use this form if your child doesn%u2019t have adequate proof of name or residence. MUST be completed AT the DMV office by a parent/guardian.
Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card
Application for original OR replacement NY learner's permit, identification card, OR driver's license.
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