Obtaining Your New York Driver’s License
You must have a NYS driver’s license to drive in New York if you become a resident of New York. You have 30 days to surrender your out-of-state license and apply for a NY license at your local New York DMV office.
Age To Drive In New York
You must be 18 or older to receive a “Class D” driver’s license in NY, or age 17 with successful completion of a driver’s education program.
Proof of Identity and Date of Birth
You are required to show proof of identity and date of birth to receive your NY driver’s license. A list of acceptable documents can be found online here or within the $CSLINK, which is recommended.
New Drivers: Obtaining Your License
To apply for a non-commercial drivers license in New York you must follow these steps:
Where Can I Make An Appointment For My Road Test?
You can make an appointment online by clicking here
Moving To New York: Obtaining Your License
Residents to NY have 30 days to apply for a New York State driver’s license and surrender their out-of-state license. You can exchange your license if it has your photograph and has not been suspended or revoked. It also must be valid for at least 6 months, expired in the last 12 months or be a valid CDL.
The date of issuance must be on the out-of-state license. If the data is not on the license, you need a letter from the originating state with that information.
If you have a suspension on your license, it must be removed before applying for a New York driver’s license.
Steps To Exchange Your License
You cannot exchange the following types of driver licenses for a NYS driver license:
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