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You can get information about driver licenses from New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), including:

  • First-time driver licenses or learner permits
  • Licenses for mopeds, snowmobiles, all-terrain vehicles, and motorcycles
  • Commercial driver licenses needed for heavy trucks, tractor-trailers, or buses
  • How to apply for and renew a driver license
  • The Driver Violation Point System
  • Fees and requirements

Additional information and assistance is available:

Online

Learn about driver licenses and permits.

Learn how to get a learner permit.

Learn about applying for a commercial driver license.

Get the application for a driver license, learner permit, or non-driver ID card.

Get the commercial driver license medical examination report form.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Division: Department of Motor Vehicles Call Center
  • Phone Number: (718) 966-6155
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Staff is available through the automated phone system during business hours. Automated assistance is also available in Spanish. Call volume is often high. If you don't get through, call back later.

After October 1, 2020, only Enhanced or REAL ID driver licenses, permits, or non-driver IDs will be accepted to get on a domestic flight, enter certain federal buildings or military bases (unless you have a Passport). If you plan to travel, it is recommended you upgrade before 2020.

Both Enhanced and REAL IDs: 

  • Are Federal REAL ID compliant
  • Can be used for photo identification purposes
  • Can be used to board a domestic flight (within the U.S.)
  • Can be used to enter a federal building or military base
  • Show your full legal name (first, middle, last)
  • Show your residential address (where you live)
  • Require an office visit to prove your:
    • Identity - if your name has changed bring in marriage certificate(s), divorce decree(s) or court order document(s)
    • NY State residency
    • U.S. citizenship
    • Date of birth
    • Social Security status

An Enhanced license, permit, or non-driver ID:

  • Can be used to cross a U.S. border coming from Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries (it is not acceptable for air travel between these countries)
  • Costs an additional $30 on top of the regular transaction fees
  • Has an American flag displayed on the document

A REAL ID license, permit, or non-driver ID:

  • Does not have additional cost, but all regular transaction fees will apply
  • Has a star displayed on the document

You need to pass a road test to obtain a driver's license. You can schedule a road test online or by phone.

Online

Learn more and schedule a road test.

By Phone

  • Agency: New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Division: Road Test Scheduling Hotline
  • Phone Number: (518) 402-2100
  • Business Hours: Mon - Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Bronx

  • 696 East Fordham Road (between Cambreleng and Crotona Avenues)
    Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
    LIMITED SERVICES ONLY
  • 1350 Commerce Avenue (between Waterbury Avenue and Halsey Street)
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
    LIMITED SERVICES ONLY

Brooklyn

  • 2875 West 8th Street (between Sheepshead Bay Road and Surf Avenue)
    Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • 625 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor (between Fort Greene Place and 6th Avenue)
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Manhattan

  • 159 East 125th Street, 3rd Floor (between Lexington and 3rd Avenues)
    Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • 366 West 31st Street (between 8th and 9th Avenues)
    Monday - Friday 8 AM - 6 PM 
  • 145 West 30th Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues)
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM
    LIMITED SERVICES ONLY
  • 11 Greenwich Street (at Battery Place)
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM 

Queens

  • 30-56 Whitestone Expressway (between Downing Street and 31st Avenue), Flushing
    Monday - Wednesday, Friday 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • 168-35 Rockaway Boulevard (between 148th Avenue and 175th Street), Springfield Gardens
    Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM
  • 168-46 91st Avenue (between 168th and 169th Streets), Jamaica
    Monday - Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM

Staten Island

  • 1775 South Avenue, Suite 2 (at Spencer Street)
    Monday - Wednesday, Friday: 8:30 AM - 4 PM; Thursday: 10 AM - 6 PM