Your Guide to Getting Your NY State Permit: The First Step to Freedom

By Jessica

Getting your learner's permit is an exciting step towards independence and the open road. It's like unlocking the first level of a video game, but with real-life rewards. So, let's dive right in and explore what you need to know about getting your NY State learner's permit.

What is the passing score for the permit test in NY?

The next step on your journey to getting your NY State permit is passing the written test. The passing score for the permit test in New York is 70%. But don't let that number intimidate you. With proper preparation and study, you can ace it on your first try!


  • Study and Practice:


To prepare for the permit test, review the New York State Driver's Manual, which covers all the essential information you need to know. Consider taking a driver's education class or online driving school, like the ones offered at Drive Rite Academy’s permit preparation course, to get expert guidance and practice tests.


  • Test Day Essentials:


On the big day, bring your required documents, such as proof of identity, date of birth, and residence, along with your Pre-Licensing Course certificate. Don't forget to have the fee for the learner's permit ready, too.

What do I need to bring to my permit test in NY?

Now that you know the passing score, let's talk about what you should bring to your permit test in New York:

  • Proof of identity and date of birth (e.g., birth certificate, passport, or a valid NY State non-driver ID).

  • Proof of your Social Security Number (SSN) or a letter from the Social Security Administration (SSA) stating you're not eligible for an SSN.

  • Proof of your NY State residence (e.g., utility bill, bank statement, or rental agreement).

  • Your completed Application for Permit, Driver License, or Non-Driver ID Card (Form MV-44).

  • Your Pre-Licensing Course certificate.

  • Payment for the learner's permit fee.

What are the rules of a learner's permit in New York?

1. Age Requirement:

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a learner's permit in New York. If you're under 18, you'll also need parental or legal guardian consent.

2. 5 Hour Course:

After you take your permit test, consider completing the mandatory 5 hour class to schedule your road test. It's a five hour  program designed to provide you with essential driving knowledge. You can find the 5 hour course here.

3. Supervised Driving:

With your learner's permit, you're allowed to drive only when accompanied by a licensed driver who is at least 21 years old and has had their license for a minimum of two years. This experienced driver will help you gain valuable skills and confidence behind the wheel.

How many hours do you need to drive before you get your license in NY?

Now, let's talk about the exciting part – the road to your driver's license! In New York, you need to complete a specific number of supervised driving hours before you can take your road test and obtain your license. Here's the breakdown:

  • If you're under 18 years old, you must complete at least 50 hours of supervised driving, with at least 15 hours of night driving.

  • If you're 18 or older, you'll need to complete at least 20 hours of supervised driving, including at least two hours of night driving.

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