Firstly, I want to say congratulations for being on this page! You have already taken the first step toward learning how to drive and what the stages of getting a New York State driver’s license are. Here you will find your one-stop guide to everything you need to know in order to drive in Brooklyn, New York. By following these steps accordingly, you are guaranteeing yourself of getting the correct information, knowledge and skills needed to be a safe driver.
As of 2016, New York is the 4th state with the most number of licensed drivers, at just under 12 million! However, almost 50,000 people have been involved in fatal car crashes in the U.S annually. That means it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure the constant safety of themselves those around them.
So… without further ado…
This may come as a surprise, but in the US, your driver’s license is arguably the most important document you could have in your wallet! Why is that? For various reasons, including…
Phew! Now we know just how beneficial a driver’s license is for someone living in the US. To summarize, if you want to be a functioning member of society, you better have a driver’s license! But what does it take to get one? (If you are under the age of 18, please skip to step 3)
In this step, you will learn exactly what you’ll need to be eligible to apply for a driver’s license in the state of New York. First things first: Have you recently moved to New York from another state? If Yes, start at part A. If no, skip to part B.
Welcome to New York! In short, you must surrender your out-of-state license and transfer to your NYS license within 30 days of establishing residency. You can find a complete guide at https://www.dmv.org/relocation/. Hope your transition goes smoothly!
If any of the following criteria apply to you, you are required to obtain a new driver’s license:
-You have never been previously licensed in New York and at least 18 years old
-You are licensed to driver in a foreign country (other than Canada)
A learner permit is your first step toward getting a driver’s license in most US states, including New York. You must be at least 16 years old to apply for one. You will need to pass a written test that covers laws and regulations of driving in the state of New York.
The written test is an important part of your educating to getting a driver’s license. It will teach you the theory of driving, driving laws and how to interpret driving situations. By carefully studying for the exam, you will stand a better chance of passing and getting one step closer to being a legal, safe driver in the state of New York.
To pass the test, you must get at least 14 of the 20 multiple choice questions correct (including getting at least two of the four questions on road signs correct)
In order to study for the test, you can click on the link here. This option includes interactive testing for each chapter for you to assess the progress you are making in your studies!
Class D and M permit tests are available in 14 different languages: English, Albanian, Arabic, Bosnian, Chinese, French, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Spanish.
Since the permit is not a full driver’s license, there are some restrictions that drivers must abide to in order to remain legal drivers in the state of New York. Regardless of your age, if you are driving with a learner permit, someone who is at least 21 years old and has a valid, unexpired driver’s license must accompany you. Furthermore, if you will take your vehicle from Brooklyn into New York City, you may not drive on any street within a park.
It is important to note that if you are under the age of 18, you must wait a minimum of 6 months with your valid permit in order to schedule a road test.
Here is a document released by the DMV that further explains what you can and can’t do with a driver’s permit:
Below you will see a full description of all the types of licenses offered in the State of New York. Please note that you can also access this information here.
Beyond the written test mentioned above, the future driver will need to follow a few steps in order to successfully apply (and hopefully earn) a driver’s permit in the State of New York. These are easy steps if planned out:
Once you have successfully obtained a driver’s permit, you are ready to begin practicing driving. However, make sure you are always being safe and abiding by the laws (and what your parents / legal guardians say!).
As the family of the young driver, you have a lot of responsibility in ensuring safety. Here are some tips for before a training session:
However, it is highly recommended you hire a driving school in order to provide professional lessons to your child.
Finding the right driving school for your child is very important. Most people are not aware of what makes a good driving school, so please read carefully before just calling up anyone willing to teach your child! Before committing to a school, you will need to consider a few items including your budget, how quickly you’d want to complete the training and whether you’d like one-on-one training or in a group setting.
Firstly, in short, a driving school is an authorized business by the DMV’s Bureau of Driver Training Programs. Although there are a lot of different regulations stipulated by the DMV, (which I recommend you read, can be found on the New York State DMV website , there are some basic things to look out for at first glance. Businesses must:
The school may provide the DMV approved 5-hour Pre-licensing Course to drivers looking to earn their driver’s license.
As per New York State regulations, teens are recommended to have 50 hours of supervised driving experience before they are able to take the road test. Furthermore, if you are 16-years old, you must wait at least 6 months before being able to take the test.
Once you have completed at least 50 hours of supervised driving, you should speak with your driving instructor on your ability to tackle the driver’s test. Not only should your instructor be able to confidently say you are prepared to take your driver’s test (and be a safe driver beyond the test), but you also must feel comfortable with the idea of driving by yourself.
If you do not feel comfortable or your instructor does not believe you are fully ready, you should continue practicing supervised driving. There is no need to rush toward a driver’s license – remember, safety first. Learning how to drive takes time.
Once you, your instructor and family all agree that you have had enough driving experience, feel free to register for the road test.
Yes. Once you’ve finished your supervised driving training, your parent or legal guardian must complete a Certification of Supervised driving (FORM MV-262). The form can be found here: FORM MV-262
Please note that the DMV recommends 50 hours of supervised driving hours where the recommended breakdown is as follows:
You may feel reluctant to invest in a good driving school, but please read below to understand just how beneficial this investment can be. Some of the advantages of learning how to drive through a school include:
Think about it this way. Whatever professional field you may work in – you wouldn’t let an outsider do your job and expect it to be done well, would you? So why would you assume family and friends could competently fill in as driving instructors when there are professionals specialized in that specific skill?
Be wise. Invest in your child’s safe driving. At the end of the day, safety is always first.
If you are nervous at the thought of driving, don’t worry! You are not the first and definitely won’t be the last. While a certain level of nervousness is natural for someone who is just starting to learn how to drive, it should not be excessive to the point of hindering your ability to drive safely and listen to instructions. In this section, we will learn a few things that will help control your driving fear.
Absolutely. In order to appropriately practice safe driving, you will need to always be aware of your surroundings, including other vehicles, motorbikes, pedestrians, cyclists, road condition, traffic signs, weather and any other external (and internal) variable.
While driving, make sure you are constantly using your side mirrors and rear mirror to drive within safe distances of surrounding car. For example, if you are looking to change lanes, always use your side and rear mirrors to check for safety.
Yes! Make sure that you have ample practice driving at night, as this is a completely different experience with added dangers on the road. You will need to drive on alert, always checking side mirrors and rear mirror.
Firstly, and most obviously, the nighttime brings reduced visibility. While many highways are well lit, this is not the case for every street. When driving at night, always remember to turn on your light beams, as this is the easiest way for surrounding drivers to notice your car. Always ensure that your brake lights are functioning properly and that you use turn signals whenever needed.
In the cold Brooklyn winters, rush hour is often during nighttime. Make sure you pay extra attention to surrounding drivers, your speed in comparison to the speed limit and staying within your lane.
Nighttime also brings the possibility of drowsy driving, especially if you are a beginner driver. According to a study published by the National Sleep Foundation, sleep- deprivation causes 6,400 deaths and 50,000 serious injuries annually in the US. Always ensure you are well rested, take breaks as necessary and avoid drivers who are swerving or drifting.
Sometimes it may be difficult to plan for an unexpected situation, because… well… they are unexpected! But there are certain steps we can take to firstly avoid unexpected situations and handle them effectively when they do come up.
Unexpected situations may very likely arise due to some type of vehicle issue or failure. If so, it is important to
Unexpected situations will occur, often when you least expect it. By always driving within the law and being aware of your surroundings, you will be able to reduce the chances of being part of unexpected situations.
Firstly, it is important to understand that there are many different types of traffic violations. Depending on the severity of your violation, you may expect fines, points deducted in your license, suspensions or even cancellations of your license. You can find more details on the different types of Traffic Violations and the Fines and Penalties in the State of New York
You can avoid traffic violations by being a responsible, law-abiding driver. You must always adhere to the local laws, paying attention to the signs and speed limits. Often
times, you will need to use your best judgment to interpret certain situations. If ever you are uncertain of what you can or can’t do, steer on the safe side. Contact an experienced professional with any further concerns you may have.
Also keep in mind of driving behaviors that may annoy or offend surrounding drivers. According to a statistics report, texting while driving and tailgating are the two worse driving behaviors according to surrounding drivers.
There are various differences of driving down a highway or in city blocks. Below is a summarized break down of what you can expect at each one:
In both cases, you must always follow the law and be aware of your surroundings to ensure you are practicing safe driving.
Having the confidence to know that you are able to drive is an important part of actually being able to drive well. With experience, you will naturally gain confidence and know how to use your best judgment to make decisions on the road.
Remember, learning how to drive with a good school is a huge step toward gaining confidence!
Great question! As the parent of a new teen driver, I suspect you would like to know exactly how you monitor if they are being safe drivers.
Well, there is good news. The Department of Motor Vehicles of New York has set up a program called Teen Electronic Event Notification Service (TEENS). The program notifies the parents of a driver younger than 18 of any driving incident that has happened through a record system. It helps the parents stay informed and prevent any poor driving habits before escalating.
Here's more information about the TEENS program
Congratulations on being ready to take the road test! Firstly, you will need to schedule a road test. You will need both a valid New York State learner permit and an original, unexpired Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) (or a Driver Education Certificate (MV-285)).
Your test will last around 20 minutes, which will enough time for the DMV examiner conducting the test to assess your ability behind the wheel. His evaluation will cover various aspects of driving that you should prepare for. You can find further information regarding how to prepare for your road test.
Step 23: What else will I need to bring with me to the road test?
Below is a complete checklist for what to bring to a road test. Make sure you have everything listed, as you will not be able to take the test if you forget something.
No. It is not the DMV’s responsibility to provide a vehicle for your test. What is most recommended is using a reliable driving school to help you. Often times, they will be able to pick you up, allow you to use their car for the exam, and drop you back off at home.
Please contact your preferred driving school that you have done your lessons with to schedule pick up & drop off times for your road test.
No. Speaking should be kept to a minimum and only related to clarifying any instructions you are receiving from the examiner. Refrain from asking any other questions, as this could very easily cause you to fail your test.
If you are over the age of 18, you may schedule your road test right away. However, if you are not yet 18 years old, you must wait six months before scheduling your road test.
As a teen, once you pass your road test, you will be given a junior driver’s license, which is one step away from a senior driver’s license. At 17 years old, you may change your junior driver’s license to a senior license by completing a state-approved Driver’s Ed course. You must present your Driver Education Certificate (Form MV-285) to the New York DMV.
However, if you wish to not complete the Driver’s Ed course, you will need to wait until you turn 18 years old to get a senior driver license.
If you fail your road test, you are allowed to reschedule a 2nd attempt at no cost. If you fail the second road test, you will need to pay a $10 fee that grants you two more attempts. However, please note that you may only take road tests for as long as your learner permit is still valid.
If you failed a road test, strongly consider the option of taking some more driving classes with your driving school.
Failing a test does not mean you are a bad driver. It may have been a couple of simple mistakes that added up to too many lost points. Don’t lose motivation, keep practicing, you will soon pass!
If it makes you feel better, NY Daily News reported that in 2012, less than half of the New Yorkers who took the road test actually passed. Check out the Full Article
You can find full information regarding how to renew your learner permit directly from the DMV website.
We hope this post clarifies all the questions you had regarding how to legally drive in Brooklyn, New York. We are excited that you are considering, or already embarked, on the journey to getting your driver’s license.
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