Scheduling and Taking the Road Test for Your NYS Driver's License

Scheduling and Taking the Road Test for Your NYS Driver's License

There are 4 steps you need to follow in order to receive your New York State driver's license.

Step 1: Prepare for Your Test

  1. Pass the written permit test and getting your NYS Learner Permit
    1. Click HERE for more information on getting your Learner Permit
  2. Complete a 5-hour Pre-licensing Course or a high school/college Driver Education Course
    1. Click HERE (add link to course page) to sign up for out NYS 5-Hour Pre-licensing Course
  3. Supervised driving practice
    1. Follow the learner permit restrictions you must follow
    2. Locate a driving school to practice supervised driving HERE

Step 2: Schedule a Test

  1. Under 18: must wait 6 months after receiving your permit to schedule your road test
  2. You can schedule your road test usually within 3 to 5 weeks
    1. Peak testing periods may be up to 10 weeks away (Summer and school breaks)
  3. No waiting lists
  4. Appointments on Weekdays (some rarely do Saturday appointments)
  5. What you need to schedule your appointment
    1. Your NYS Learner Permit
    2. Proof of Driver Course Completion
      1. When you complete our Online NYS 5-Hour Pre-licensing Course (add link to course page) we will report your course completion to the DMV within 48 hours of you completing it
      2. Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285)
    3. ZIP Code of where you want to take the test
      1. You DO NOT need to schedule your road test in your county or area
You can schedule your road test online HERE or over the phone: 1-518-402-2100

Step 3: Take the Road Test

  1. For a Class D (Passenger) Road Test bring:

    • A licensed and registered vehicle that is in clean condition to perform the road test
    • Your photo learner permit 
    • Your glasses or contacts, if your permit indicates you need corrective lenses 
    • Your original Pre-licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285), copies are not acceptable
      • REMEMBER: Taking the course online with us, you will not need to bring a certificate. They will have your completion electronically
    • Under 18: A Certification of Supervised Driving (MV-262) completed by your parent or guardian
      • Given to the license examiner each time you take a road test 
    • A licensed driver age 21+ who can operate the test vehicle (they drive you to the test location and should be the only person accompanying you)
  2. For a Class M (Motorcycle) Road Test bring:

    1. All of the things from the Class D list above
    2. A properly operating, registered, and inspected motorcycle 
    3. A licensed driver age 21+ that can to transport the license examiner during your road test

Step 4: Get Your Results

  1. Your test results will be available HERE after 6pm on the day you took your test. Your instructor will give you directions
  2. If You Pass:
    1. You will receive an interim license online that you will keep with your learner permit until you get your license in the mail
    2. You will receive your license in the mail about 2 weeks after you passed your test
    3. All Ages: Have a probationary period for new drivers (Click HERE for more)
    4. Under 18: Follow the restrictions for junior drivers (Graduated Driver's License (GDL) Law)
  3. If You Fail: 
    1. Your learner permit is still valid until it expires
    2. Schedule another road test at least one day after your previous test
      1. Failed 2 road tests? You must pay additional fees online or over the phone

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