The test to receive a learner’s permit to drive passenger vehicles and motorcycles in New York State is now available online across the state.
The state began testing the program last year after the Covid-19 epidemic hit. This means that New Yorkers can begin the permit application process and take the test from home, reducing the time needed to be spent in a Department of Motor Vehicles 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,” Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said.
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, but their visit be quicker.
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.