Schedule a New York City DMV Appointment Faster

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Get a DMV Appointment in New York Quickly

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DMV appointments are an inevitable part of life in New York. The complicated process of booking an appointment can have you waiting in person, on your phone, or at your computer for hours.

One of the services our app provides is getting you an appointment with your local DMV office. DoNotPay makes the process hassle-free as you only need to access the app in your .

Currently, the average wait time when you visit the DMV in person to book is about 35 minutes before talking with an agent to book your appointment.

Scheduling New York DMV appointments

Booking your DMV appointments in New York can be done in different ways. You have the option of booking online, by phone, or by making an appearance in person on a first-come, first-serve basis.

While it is more convenient to book online, you can usually get an appointment sooner if you book by phone or over the counter. If you can’t come down the office yourself, booking by telephone may be your only choice.

Over the counter

We mentioned earlier that waiting for a chance to book in person at the DMV can take 35 minutes, at least. This doesn’t count the waiting time it may take if they transfer you to a different window. However, if you do decide to go to the DMV in person, you can find your closest DMV branch office in New York here.

Online booking

The New York DMV encourages its stakeholders to book online to avoid waiting in line. The following list is the step by step process for making a reservation.

  1. Go to in your web browser.
  2. A banner of announcements will greet you, followed by other alerts. There will be four icons beneath the warnings. One says, “Don’t wait in line, make a reservation and save time.” Click that icon. The page then asks you to prepare the documents before making the reservation and gives you three buttons to choose from.
    1. License, Permit or Non-driver ID
    2. Registration or Title
    3. Suspension or Revocation
  3. When you click any of the choices, more links will lead you to the specific service you may need. In each section, there are thorough instructions along with a list of required documents through the “Find your proofs” button. Each of the three choices further divides their processes into those that require an appearance from you at the DMV office, and those that you can do online. When you have completed the steps needed before making a reservation, click “Make a Reservation.”
  4. Choose the branch you want to make an appointment by first choosing the county. Click the “Make a Reservation in *your county*.” A list of the different branches will pop up divided by county.
  5. They will transfer you to the site of the county in which you reside. The page will then ask if you are making a new reservation or changing an old one. Click the first option.
  6. The page will then ask at which branch you would like to make an appointment, the service you require, and the date and time of your reservation. Click Next.
  7. You will need to fill in your details, name, email address, and contact number before you can make the appointment. Click reserve.
  8. If you choose to select “Find your proofs,” the New York DMV will present you with a guide on preparing your documents.
  9. If no slots were available on the date of your choosing, you could always go to the office itself. They may accept walk-in appointments.
  10. Access the DMV’s Facebook or Twitter pages for important announcements.

Booking over the phone

You can try reserving an appointment by phone. You can use DoNotPay to schedule your DMV appointments. Access it through your web browser.

Contact Numbers of the New York DMV

You can call the DMV from 8:00 in the morning until 4:30 in the afternoon. The following are their main phone numbers. If you need specific services, try looking through this page to contact the appropriate office.

  • General Telephone Assistance: +1 518-486-9786
  • Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TTD): +1 800-662-1220

Booking your DMV appointment in New York through DoNotPay

If you are having trouble with or bureaucratic processes, DoNotPay offers various services to make your life easier. These services include setting an appointment with your DMV. The DoNotPay app will make sure you avoid any hassles. Listed below are the steps in booking your DMV appointment through the app.

  1. Open DoNotPay on your .
  2. Choose the reason for your appointment from the list.
    1. Application for or renewal of a license
    2. Appointment for a written or physical test
    3. Vehicle registration renewal
    4. Change of details in your license, i.e., address or married name
    5. Request for a certificate of title for a vehicle
    6. Request for driver’s records
  3. Give your time of availability

DoNotPay can prepare any documents you think you might need in advance. If there are specific forms you need, the app will help you fill them out.

New York DMV services

The New York DMV offers various services that are available online. Other services require booking an appointment. Some services, like the issuance of identification cards, are not even related to motor vehicle use. The services that require a reservation are listed below.

  1. Get a learner’s permit (Take the written test)
  2. Get a non-driver ID card
  3. Exchange your license from another state
  4. Change your name or fix errors
  5. Get a Federal ID, or enhanced driver’s license, Enhanced learner’s permit or non-driver ID
  6. Register a vehicle or trailer in New York
  7. Register a trailer
  8. Register a snowmobile, boat, moped or ATV
  9. Return or surrender plates
  10. Answering a suspension or revocation
  11. Driver responsibility assessment and payment
  12. All online options are also available over the counter

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Preparing for your New York DMV appointment

You should not go to the DMV unless you are prepared. Every service requires you to show some proof of your identity to process your request. If you plan to take a domestic flight from October 2020 onwards, you need to present a DMV-issued REAL ID. Your current standard driver's license, state I.D., or learner's permit won't cut it.

The New York State DMV encourages the use of their Document Guide to learn what forms you need to prepare. We also have noted the documents you need for the following services below.

  1. REAL ID or enhanced driver's license, permit or non-driver ID card application
  2. License renewal
  3. Driver's license or ID card renewal
  4. Application or renewal for vehicle registration
  5. Driving test
  6. The license plate or sticker replacement

REAL ID or enhanced ID requirements

You can apply for a REAL ID or an enhanced driver's license, permit, or non-driver ID card. Only the enhanced non-driver ID card will be valid when traveling back to the United States after a trip from Canada, Mexico, or the Caribbean. Otherwise, you will need to present your passport. The following documents should be prepared.

  • Completed MV-44 Form
  • Document proving your Social Security Number or an ineligibility letter with your name from the Social Security Administration within 30 days before your DMV visit
  • Two documents among the following proving your New York residence
    • If under 21, an MV-45 form is enough if accompanied by a parent
    • New York State driver's license, permit or non-driver ID with current address
    • U.S. bank statement
    • U.S. utility bill
    • U.S. high school ID card with a report card
    • U.S. computer-printed pay stub
    • DMV Certification of Residence (MV-44NYR)
    • U.S. College photo ID card with an official transcript
    • Postmarked mail dated within 90 days of your office visit
    • Federal or New York State Income Tax W-2 issued within one year
    • DMV Statement of Identity or Residence (MV-45A)
    • N.Y. State Certificate of Title
    • NY State Professional License
    • U.S. life insurance policy or current statement
    • NY State or NY city pistol permit
    • The U.S. canceled check
    • Medical Examiner's Certificate (for CDL medical exam requirement)
    • Credit card statement
    • Residential lease
    • Supplemental security income award statement
    • Annual Social Security Statement (SSA-1099) for the current year
    • Current proof of homeowners or renters insurance (policy, proof of claim)
    • Proof of Current Mortgage
    • Property or school tax bills or receipts for the current year
    • Voter registration notification card
    • Federal or N.Y. State Income Tax or Earning Statement (SSA-1099, SSA-1098) for the current year
    • Property deed
    • Military orders that are still in effect
    • Welfare benefit statement
    • Retirement statement
    • Selective service card
    • Unemployment benefit statement
    • Jury duty notice
    • Assisted living or nursing home statement
    • Health insurance card or prescription card with your address pre-printed
    • A parent or spouse ID in the same name with proof of relationship
  • Document to prove your name and date of birth
    • U.S. passport or passport card
    • U.S. birth certificate issued by state or local government
    • Certificate of naturalization or citizenship (N-550. N-560, N-561, N-570)
    • Permanent resident card I-551
    • Valid foreign passport
    • Valid U.S. employment authorization card with a valid foreign passport with current or expired U.S. visa, I-94, or I-551 stamp
    • Original or certified copy of Consular Report of Birth Abroad (FS-240, DS-1350, F545)

All the proofs presented should show the same name. Otherwise, documents of the name change are required, as well. At least one record should show if you have a middle name or suffix. Also, let customer service know if you are applying for a REAL ID only or an enhanced driver's license, permit, or non-driver's ID card.

Renewal of driver’s license steps

You don't need to appear at the office for your driver's license renewal. You can submit it online. The following are the steps to follow and the documents you need to provide.

  1. Pass a vision test from one of the 2,300 DMV-approved testers, or send a completed Vision Test Report (MV-619)
  2. Go to the website and have your license renewed online by completing the online steps and paying the fees
  3. Print the PDF of the temporary license to use until the new license arrives. It should come within ten business days by mail

Requirements for an application for an ID card or a driver's license

Some of the papers are similar to those that you need for the REAL ID or enhanced driver's license, permit, or non-ID Card. Here are the documents you need to submit:

  • Application for Permit, Driver's License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44)
  • One proof of date of birth (similar to the documents mentioned above)
  • U.S. Social Security card or ineligibility letter
  • Two documents to prove residency in New York State (same as the documents listed above)
  • Two additional forms of identification (all mentioned above)
    • MV-45 if under 21
    • Photo driver license, learner's permit, or non-driver ID card issued by another U.S. state or jurisdiction, or Canadian province or territory
    • U.S. Cash Card (ATM)
    • New York State benefit or Medicaid Card
    • U.S. health insurance card or prescription card
    • U.S. marriage or divorce record or court issued name change decree
    • Valid major U.S. credit card
    • U.S. Military Photo ID Card
    • U.S. high school diploma or GED
    • U.S. employee ID card
    • U.S. supermarket check-cashing card
    • U.S. Military dependent ID card
    • Veterans Universal Access Photo ID Card
    • U.S. union card
    • Reentry permit (I-327)
    • Refugee travel document (I-571)

Requirements for renewal and registration

You can renew or replace a registration over the New York State DMV website. You will only need:

  • Your registration (plate) number
  • Registration class
  • Last name of the person on the registration
  • Credit or pinless debit card for payment
  • To go to the website to complete the online renewal

If you want to register a vehicle for the first time, you will first need to get it insured. Then submit the following documents:

  • Original title or proof of ownership
  • Current New York State insurance ID card
  • Bill of sale and proof of sales tax payment or sales tax form
  • New York State driver's license, driver's permit, non-driver ID, or other proof of identity.
  • Payment for fees and taxes or proof of an exemption
  • Completed Vehicle Registration Application (MV-82)

After the submission of documents, you need to receive the following documents and have an inspection of your vehicle.

  • One or two plates for your automobile
  • Registration window sticker
  • Registration document
  • 10-day inspection extension sticker
  • New title certificate if applicable

Driving test requirements

When you apply for a learner's permit, you automatically apply for a written test. The requirements you need for a written test are those that you need to bring when you register and pay for your permit.

  • Application for Permit, Driver's License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44)
  • One proof of date of birth (similar to earlier documents)
  • Social security card
  • Two proofs of New York residency (same as above)
  • Additional proof of identification (same as above)
  • The fee

You can schedule a road test online. The following requirements for this test are:

  • Valid New York State learner's permit
  • Original, unexpired Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285)
  • At least one unused test
  • ZIP code for the test site

Best time to visit the New York DMV

Waiting at the DMV might take some time, especially if you arrive during their rush hours. Try going during slow hours, which are first thing in the morning or two o’clock to three o’clock in the afternoon. Also, try visiting the offices during the middle of the week, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday.

Waiting time for a reservation at the New York DMV

When you make a reservation online, the next available slots will be at least a week later. New York prides itself in its rather fast waiting time if you book in person. There are about 36 offices that offer online reservations for appointments. If the nearest DMV branch does not offer online booking, a personal appearance may be the only way of reaching the office. Otherwise, you can travel a bit farther to a different branch.

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Ways to skip long wait times with the New York DMV

The best way to skip wait times is to use the DMV’s online services. You will not need to appear at the DMV office. DMV’s online services include the following:

  • Get your driving record abstract
  • Change your address
  • Renew your license or non-driver ID card
  • Replace your license, permit, or non-driver ID
  • Replace a NY title
  • Renew a registration
  • Replace a registration
  • Pay a driver responsibility assessment

If the services above still do not offer the help you need from the DMV, you will need to make an appointment. Access DoNotPay by visiting the and enjoy our variety of services, including booking a DMV appointment.

New York DMV locations

Look for the DMV office nearest you here. However, you can visit these main DMV branches.



Brooklyn - Atlantic Center

625 Atlantic Avenue, 2nd Floor

Brooklyn, NY, 11217

Phone: +1 212-645-5550

Open times

Monday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM



Lower Manhattan - Greenwich Street

11 Greenwich Street

New York, NY 10004

Phone: +1 212-645-5550

Open times

Monday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday8:30 AM - 4:00 PM



College Point

30-56 Whitestone Expressway

Flushing, NY, 11354

(Cross Streets - Linden Place and 30th Avenue)

Phone: +1 212-645-5550

Open times

Monday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM

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