; Adam Bello, County Executive

Learners Permit Information

 Message from County Clerk Jamie Romeo

Online Permit Testing

On September 18, 2020 Governor Cuomo announced that the State DMV had initiated a limited pilot program to offer the written learner permit tests for passenger cars (Class D) and motorcycles (Class M) online. The online test does not eliminate the need to physically enter a DMV branch, but the successful completion of the permit test will significantly reduce the time needed in a DMV. Monroe County was advised by the State, that access to the online test would be available to DMV's in early October. At this time, the State has not yet granted the remaining 51 counties access to this critical online test. We continue to advocate and work with the state to grant access to this valuable service. 


If you have a permit test appointment booked at the Monroe County DMV and you provided a valid email address or phone number, we will contact you when the online test is released by the state. Please keep your appointment with the Monroe County DMV even if you pass the online test to complete the required state paperwork to obtain your State Permit. If you have not scheduled an appointment for a Permit Test yet, or would like to be sure that our office has valid contact information, please click the link below and fill out the form. We will use this information to contact you as soon as the online permit test is available to Monroe County. 


Learners Permit Online Test Notification Form

Steps for Getting a Driver Learner Permit with Written Test

Class D - Operator permit

This is the most common class of permit that people apply for. 

Step 1: Prepare for the written permit test

Study the NY State Driver's Manual and take the practice tests

  • Class D tests are given in 14 languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish
  • to pass, you must get at least 14 of the 20 multiple-choice questions correct, including the correct answers to at least two of the four questions about road signs

Step 2: Gather what to bring to the DMV for written permit test

You will need proof of age, identity and residence

When you apply at the DMV to take your permit test, you will need to provide proof of age, identification and residence.  Your permit will be Standard, Enhanced, or REAL ID, depending on the proofs you bring and the fee. 

What is the difference between a Standard, Enhanced or Real ID?


See what documents you need

Complete one of these guides to ensure you have the documents and proofs of identification you need BEFORE you go to the DMV.

Document Guide of Enhanced or REAL ID Permit

Document Guide for a Standard Permit


You can also see a complete list:  How to Apply for a New York Learner Permit/Driver License/Non-Driver ID Card (PDF) (ID-44).


If you use the "Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian (PDF)" (MV-45), your parent or guardian must come with you.


If you pass your written test

  • we will give you a temporary permit at the office
  • you will receive your permit within 2 weeks by mail

Your permit will be valid for approximately 5 years (the exact expiration date depends on your date of birth and the date that you applied).


If you fail the written test, do not worry.  You can try it again at no additional cost. 


Step 3: Go to the DMV 

At the DMV, you will

  • first, apply and pay for your permit – see the fee chart to estimate the cost
  • then, take the written test (if you fail, you can try again at no additional cost)

For additional information visit the New York State DMV website here


Steps for Getting a Motorcycle Permit

A New York State resident must have a Class M or Class MJ driver license or learner permit to drive a motorcycle. To get a motorcycle license, you must first get a motorcycle learner permit.

Note: If you plan to apply for a motorcycle learner permit and another class of learner permit, apply for the other learner permit first. When you have the other learner permit, you can apply for your motorcycle permit.

How to get a motorcycle license

Step 1:  Apply for a motorcycle permit at a DMV office

Here is what do

  • study the NY State Motorcycle Operator's Manual (MV-21MC) to prepare for the written test 
  • complete the DMV Document Guide to make sure you have the documents and proofs of identification you need 
  • if you already have a New York State learner permit or driver license, bring the document
  • bring payment for the $10.00 application fee and the motorcycle license fee  1

Document Guide of Enhanced or REAL ID Permit

Document Guide for a Standard Permit


Step 2: Prepare for the motorcycle road test

Before you schedule your road test, we recommend that you have at least 30 hours of practice on a motorcycle, with or without formal instruction.  We also recommend that you

When you practice driving with a motorcycle learner permit

  • you must be supervised by a driver age 21 or older who has a valid motorcycle license from any state
  • the motorcycle driver who supervises you must be within 1/4 mile of you at all times
  • you must obey the general restrictions for permit holders
  • if you have a Class MJ permit, you must obey the restrictions and requirements for drivers under age 18

Step 3: Schedule and take a motorcycle road test

See Schedule and take a road test.

  • if you do not already have another class of New York State driver license, you must complete a pre-licensing course or a Driver Education course before you can schedule a road test  2
  • if you already have another class of New York State license, you do not need a pre-licensing course or Student Certificate of Completion 


Step 4: Get your motorcycle license

If you pass the road test, the examiner will issue a temporary motorcycle license to you.

  • if you do not have another class of New York State driver license, you will receive your motorcycle license with your photo by mail about 2 weeks after your road test (you do not have to visit a DMV office)
  • if you already have another class of New York State driver license, wait at least 7 days after your road test to apply for your motorcycle license at a DMV office, and be sure to
    • complete an Application for Permit, Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (PDF) (MV-44)
    • mark the "Change"  box at the top, and write in “Add Class M (or MJ)" in the "Other Change" box
    • bring your temporary motorcycle license, your motorcycle permit and your current photo license 
    • pay the $12.50 fee to amend your driver license

Both driver license classes will be listed on your new document (for example, Class DM).  Your new license expires on the same date as your previous one.

The DMV office will issue a temporary license without a photo to you. Allow two weeks to receive your new license by mail.

For more information on motorcycle permits please visit the New York State DMV website here

Proofs of Identification

Please visit the New York State DMV website for a guide on proofs of identification here.


Fees for a learner permit and driver license

The fee for your first New York State driver license or permit, or a new license or permit after a revocation, depends on your age when you apply and where you live. The total fee includes

  • the driver license application fee
  • the fee for the type of license (see driver license classes for more info)
  • the document fees

Fee chart

The table below shows the total fees you pay. The table does not show

  • fees for a commercial driver licenses (CDL)
  • the additional $30 fee to get an enhanced driver license (EDL) instead of a regular driver license
  • fees for a non-driver ID card


Driver license and learner permit fees
16 to 16½ $80.00 / $90.00* Not available at this age $85.00 / $95.00*
16½ to 17 $76.75 / $85.75* Not available at this age $81.25 / $90.25*
17 to 17½ $92.50 / $102.50* Not available at this age $97.50 / $107.50*
17½ to 18 $89.25 / $98.25* Not available at this age $93.75 / $102.75*
18 to 18½ $80.00 / $90.00* $110.00 / $120.00* $85.00 / $95.00*
18½ to 21 $76.75 - $80.00
$85.75 - $90.00*
$103.75 - $110.00
$112.75 - $120.00*
$81.25 - $85.00
$90.25 - $95.00*
21 and older $64.25 - $67.50
$73.25 - $77.50*
$91.25 - $97.50
$100.25 - $107.25*
$68.75 - $72.50
$77.75 - $82.50*

* Includes MCTD

** Part of the Class M and MJ fee supports the Motorcycle Safety Program in New York State.

Fee to replace a driver license or learner permit

The fee to replace a driver license or learner permit is $17.50.


Fee to change information on a driver license or learner permit.

The fee to change information (amend) on a driver license or learner permit is $12.50.

Fee for an Enhanced Driver License (EDL) or Enhanced Permit.

There is an additional $30.00 fee for an Enhanced Driver License.

Fee for a motorcycle license

The fees you pay when you get your first motorcycle license depend on

  • whether or not you currently have another class of New York State driver license and
  • your exact age when you apply.

The fees for a Class M or MJ driver license, or to add class M or MJ to your current driver license, can range from $21 to $120. We cannot calculate your exact fee until you apply.


Can I get a refund of my driver license fees?

You can receive a partial refund of the 8-year driver license fee if you qualify. The maximum amount you can receive is 50% (four years) of the original 8-year driver license fee. The partial refund does not include any application or document fees.

You can qualify for a partial refund if your driver license

  • was valid for 8 years when it was issued
  • is surrendered to us or to another state during the first 4 years of the 8-year period
  • was not suspended or revoked when you surrendered it
  • was not exchanged for a non-driver ID card

To apply for a refund you must

  • apply no later than 51 months after the date your driver license was issued
  • complete a Request for Refund of Fee Paid for Motor Vehicle Registrations and Driver Licenses (MV-215)
  • attach the driver license to form MV-215 if you did not already surrender your driver license
  • if you exchanged your NYS driver license for a driver license in another state, attach a photocopy of your out-of-state driver license to form MV-215
  • mail the required form and documents to the address listed on the form
  • allow up to 12 weeks for the refund to be processed

For more information about the fees associated with permits please visit the New York State DMV website here

Driver's Manual and Practice Test

Please visit the New York State DMV website here for a PDF of the manual and online practice test.

Scheduling a Road Test

Road tests are run by the State and not our offices. Please visit the New York State DMV website here for any questions you may have.

Learner Permit NYS Information



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