If you have a valid driver’s license issued in another country, you are allowed to drive in New York State on that license. If you plan to drive outside New York, you should check with that state’s regulations to see if your foreign license will be recognized there. Generally, if your foreign license is not in English you will at least need an International Driving Permit. For more information visit the NYS DMV webpage on Drivers From Other Nations.
How to Get Your NY License
- Study the New York State driver’s manual. While it may not be fun to study for an extra test, everyone must pass the written test in order to get a permit.
- Apply for a New York State Learner’s Permit. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles office in Belmont which is open M-F from 9-5; directions can be found here.) All students must take the following documents with them when getting their learner’s permit:
- Form MV-44 (can also be obtained at the DMV)
- Social Security Card
- Proof of Identity – US citizens may bring their passport. International students must bring their passport, I-20, I-94, and one of the following; a bank card, credit card, or bank statement.
- Payment (between $60 – $90)
- All students must also pass a written test and a vision test at the DMV.
- Take a “5-Hour Pre-Licensing Driving Course.” This course is offered 3 – 4 times each semester at a nearby vocational school. Follow this link for more information on registration. There is a $35 fee for the class.
- Practice Driving – students need to make these arrangements on their own. The Intercultural Student Programs office does not provide a vehicle.
- Take the Road Test. Sign up for the road test online at this website. All students must have their pre-licensing course certificate before signing up for a road test appointment. Students should take their identification, learner’s permit, and pre-licensing course certificate with them when arriving for the road test. There is no additional fee for the road test.