The ultimate guide to passing a New York DMV permit test

So, you’re looking to pass your New York DMV driver’s permit test soon? Great, driving is among the most useful skills you can learn. We’re going to guide you through the necessities and give you a valuable practice test so you can pass the real one on the first try! Unlike other online practice tests, ours is completely FREE and our questions are sourced from actual test samples from across the country. 

To successfully pass the test in the state of New York, you’ll have to answer at least 14 out of the 20 multiple-choice questions. Among them will be four questions regarding road signs, out of which you need to answer at least two correctly.

Make sure you have all your documents ready

Good preparation is key, but before you even take the test, you’ve got to make sure you have the necessary documentation with you. Here’s an overview of what you need to bring, with more details below:

  • Proof of identity
  • Proof of citizenship
  • Social security number or an alternative
  • Proof of residency in the state you’re applying in
  • Non-U.S. citizens and migrants may need additional documents

There are three different types of licenses you can obtain in New York, and each has a set of perks:

Standard

REAL ID

Enhanced (EDL)

Can be used for identification

Yes

Yes

Yes

Can be used to enter federal buildings

No

Yes

Yes

Can be used for flying inside of the U.S

No

Yes

Yes

Enter the U.S. from Canada, Mexico, and some Caribbean countries

No

No

Yes

Required to replace/renew in person

No

Yes

Yes

Additional Costs

No

No

$30

Displays Symbol

“Non-federal purposes”

ID Star

U.S. Flag

The application process is flexible, in that the documents you need to provide are measured using a point-based system. You need to collect 6 points to bass. This allows sets of different documents to be used. In other words, there are no “must-have” documents, you can combine those available to you, as long as they pass the point system.

Depending on the type of card you’re going for, the three basic requirements that these documents must fulfill are:

  1. Proof of social security
  2. Proof of residency
  3. Valid photograph

For example, a New York State government-issued ID card contains all the information and is worth the full 6 points.

What documents do non-citizens have to bring to the DMV test?

Non-citizens have the same basic requirements as citizens. They need to submit documents that collect a total of 6 points. Since not all government-issued documents are available to non-citizens, they can use substitutes such as:

  • Temporary resident card
  • Employment authorization card
  • Foreign driver’s license with photo
  • Permanent resident card (Green Card)
  • Foreign passport with valid U.S. Visa

What documents do minors have to bring to the DMV test?

To apply for a driver’s permit as a minor, you must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. They are required to sign the parent/guardian consent section, and the application must be filled out under the supervision of a DMV officer. Apart from identification documents, you’ll need to provide proof that you’re actively attending or have finished high-school.

The earliest you can get a driver’s permit in New York is 16. Before you apply for a junior or regular driver’s license, you must hold a learner permit for at least six months and have 50 or more hours of driving experience, including at least 15 hours of driving at night and at least 10 hours in moderate to high traffic. 

If you’re 17 or more, you won’t need parental consent if you’ve completed a certified NYC driver’s education course. You have to bring a certification of completed supervised driving, signed by the parent/guardian. NYC has some of the toughest regulations for minors driving while under a driver’s permit. Some of the rules include:

  1. Installing an instructors break
  2. Being accompanied by a parent/legal guardian or certified driving instructor
  3. Driving is prohibited after 9 p.m. and 5 a.m.

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