Allows New Yorkers to Take the Permit Test Remotely and Save Time When Obtaining a Permit at the DMV

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that the online learner permit test for Class D (passenger vehicles) and Class M (motorcycles) is now available to New Yorkers statewide. The announcement comes after the launch of an online permit application pilot program last year. This new service allows New Yorkers to begin the permit application process and take the test from the comfort of their home, saving the customer significant time in the DMV office. 

“As we continue to reimagine the future in a post-pandemic world, we need to focus on modernizing and improving the way we provide essential government services to New Yorkers,” Governor Cuomo said. “This new online permit test will make it faster and easier for New Yorkers to begin the process of applying for a driver learner permit from the comfort of their own homes, improving the overall customer experience while also reducing congestion in DMV offices.”

DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder said, “We were excited to see so many New Yorkers take advantage of the online permit application during the pilot program and now, we are happy to offer this convenient option to all applicants across the state. This is another example of how we are improving the way we serve New Yorkers to make it faster, easier and more convenient for everyone.”

Taking and passing the permit test online does not allow a person to drive. After passing the online test, the applicant must still come to the DMV office to obtain their learner permit, however, their visit will be quicker and more convenient and will allow a greater number of customers to be served.

To ensure customers bring all the documents they need to the DMV office, the new online application provides a checklist of the necessary identification documents and requires customers to upload those documents before they are eligible to take the online permit test. In participating offices, DMV representatives will then review the documents ahead of the customer’s appointment and advise if any corrections are needed, helping ensure the customer’s experience in the DMV office is as short and seamless as possible.


Other Online Services

In addition to the online permit test, the DMV launched an online vehicle registration pilot program last fall. New Yorkers who live in the following counties—New York, Kings, Queens, Bronx, Richmond, Nassau, Suffolk, Westchester, Rockland, Albany and Onondaga counties—can register their vehicles online including cars, trucks, motorcycles, vans, trailers and recreational vehicles. This eliminates the need to visit a DMV office. The DMV will be working with county clerks who operate DMV offices in the remaining 51 counties to expand this service to their customers.

The DMV also offers more than 60 other transactions online. The DMV encourages New Yorkers who have expired documents to renew online. They can quickly and easily renew a driver license, renew a registration or renew a non-driver ID on the DMV website. Customers can also obtain a driving record (abstract), change their address, plead or pay New York City traffic tickets and associated fees online, and much more.