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New York Written Test

Who Must Take the Test?

As a first-time applicant you must always pass a written knowledge test and pay application and license fees. You must also pass the vision test. Most drivers must also complete an approved 5-hour classroom training course and pass the road test.

If you are a new resident with a valid license issued by a U.S. state, territory or possession, or a Canadian province or territory, you must pass the vision test, but the knowledge test, safe driving course, and road test are usually waived.

If your out-of-state license has been valid for less than six months or expired more than one year ago, you must pass the written and road tests and complete the safe driving course.

If you are transferring a license from a foreign country other than Canada, you must pass the vision test, complete the safe driving course, and you must pass a written and road test. New York State also requires that you turn in your foreign driver's license, which may be destroyed.

Your New York license may be renewed up to one year after the expiration date. After one year you must reapply for a license and take all necessary exams.

New York State Written Test

The written test examines your knowledge of the rules of the road, safe driving techniques, road signs and their meanings, and the laws about the use of alcohol and drugs while driving. It consists of 20 questions and you must correctly answer 14 questions or more to pass (70%). Four questions will be asked about road signs and their meanings, two of which must be correctly answered.

While New York State doesn't release any data on passing rates, NYS is commonly considered as an easy state for passing the written knowledge test. Older data shows that only 1 out of 5 fail their first attempt. Of those, a large portion studied less than 10 hours for the test. You can easily beat the statistics by just studying a little bit more and take several permit practice tests at

Are You Ready for Your Drivers Permit Test?


Read the state Driver's Manual or Handbook. All real permit test questions are based on the material in this manual. Get familiar with all areas and learn the laws and rules presented. Pay special attention to facts that are bolded or highlighted.

Give yourself plenty of time. Start preparing at least two weeks before the real test.

Take several of our driver permit practice tests to make sure you are ready for the real examination.

Our Practice Tests

Our permit and license practice tests contain 25 questions. You must correctly answer 20 questions to pass (80%). This is a common passing score in most states. You should, however, aim for a score of 90% or more on a permit practice test.

Read Carefully

Read all questions and answers carefully. You will see many DMV test answers, but do NOT focus on memorizing exact phrases - focus on understanding! The practice permit test questions may be repeated with several different alternatives and different wording. Real DMV permit test questions are created the same way.

All questions are multiple-choice or true/false. Only one alternative is correct and acceptable. If you see All of the above, None of the above, or similar as one alternative, make sure you evaluate all alternatives carefully.


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