State of New York Graduated License Law
The State of New York graduated license law, enacted in 2003,
provides that teen drivers that hold a junior learner permit or junior driver
license, must be accompanied by a licensed adult that is a minimum of 21 years
of age. In the State of New York a Junior Driver is a driver that is under the
age of 18 and holds either a learner permit or driver license of class MJ or
- Junior drivers are not allowed to carry more
than 1 passenger under the age of 21 unless accompanied by a parent, legal
guardian or a certified driving instructor. There is an exception to this law
if the passengers under the age of 21 are immediate family members. As the law
requires, the supervising licensed adult must ride in the front seat next to
the junior driver.
- Passengers that ride with the junior operator
must be restrained with safety belts or an approved child safety seat.
a State of New York Learner Permit
Applicants must be a minimum of 16 years of age to apply for a
learner permit. Teen drivers under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal
guardian sign the consent section of the driver license application.
Teen drivers that hold a Learner Permit will have to wait six months
before they can schedule a road test for a license.
- A parent or guardian must verify that 50 hours
of driving experience (including 15 hours of night driving) must be completed
prior to receiving a license. Teen drivers that are 17 years of age and have a
Driver Education Student Certificate of Completion may apply without the
parental signature on the driver license application.
- Applicants that do not have a Driver Education
Student Certificate of Completion are required to pass a written knowledge
- Drivers must provide proof of identity when
applying for a State of New York Learner Permit and present your Social
Security Card during application.
- When drivers apply for a learner permit, they
must pass a vision screening or present an eye test report given by a licensed
eye care professional using form MV-619.
- After the teen driver receives a learner permit
the New York Department of Motor Vehicles recommends a minimum of 30 hours of
driving practice prior to taking a road test. It is also recommended that
learner permit holders take professional driving lessons prior to the road
- Teen drivers that hold a learner permit must
complete a mandatory pre-licensing class or a high school or college education
class. Once this course is completed the attendee will receive a pre-licensing
- This certificate must be presented to the road
test examiner prior to taking the road test.
of New York Learner Permit Restrictions
Learner Permit Holders in New York are under the following
- The driver must be accompanied by a
licensed driver that is a minimum of 21 years of age
- The driver may not drive in a Department of
Motor Vehicles Road Test Area
- The driver may not drive on any street within a
park in New York City
- The driver may not drive in a bridge or tunnel
under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge & Tunnel Authority
- The driver may not drive on the Cross County ,
Hutchinson River , Saw Mill River or Taconic State parkways in Westchester
For more information on Teen Driving Laws in the State of New York ,
please use the State of New York website links at the bottom of this page.
of New York Insurance Requirements
It is illegal to drive in the State of New York without liability
insurance. A New York State insurance identification card must be presented
during application for vehicle registration. The minimum liability coverage
amounts are listed below.
- $25,000 / $50,000 - Bodily Injury
- $50,000 / $100,000 Death
Property Damage Caused by One Accident
For detailed information on the State of New York Automobile
insurance requirements please use the links posted below to the State of New
York Department of Motor Vehicles Website.
Other New York Information
Follow the links below to get additional information regarding driving laws in New York.