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Free DMV Permit Test Practice: New York (NY)

  • Perfect for learner’s permit, driver’s license, and Senior Refresher Test
  • Based on official New York 2024 Driver's manual
  • Updated for July 2024
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About this test

6 min to complete
Available in EN, ES, RU


This New York DMV practice test, freshly updated for 2024, is your virtual co-pilot to acing the real permit test. It's packed with 40 essential questions sourced directly from the official 2024 NY Driver Handbook. If you're 16 or older and daydreaming about hitting the streets of New York, this practice test is your first step towards grabbing that learner's permit.

Official Exam: Key Features

  • 20 Multiple-Choice Questions: Dive into a set of questions focused on road signs, rules, and the art of safe driving.
  • Scoring System: A minimum of 14 correct answers is needed to pass, with a special spotlight on road signs (at least two questions).
  • No Cost for Retakes: Missed the mark? No sweat. Retake the test without extra fees.
  • Online Booking Convenience: Especially handy in the bustling metro areas, book your permit test with a few clicks.
  • Five-Year Validity: Once you pass, your learner’s permit stays valid for a whopping five years.
  • Enhanced Permit Option: U.S. citizens, here's your chance to upgrade. An enhanced permit doubles as your ticket to Canada and Mexico, no passport required.

Preparation and Requirements

Before embarking on this journey, ensure you:

  • Study the New York State Driver's Manual: Your offical document for all things driving in New York.
  • Choose Your Permit Test Language: Available in 16 different languages, from English to Russian. Pick one that feels like home.

Application Process

  • Gather Your Docs: Proof of age, identity, and residence. Check the DMV guide for a detailed list.
  • Choose Your Test Mode: Online or in-person at a DMV office. If you're under 18 and going online, make sure a parent or guardian is there to supervise.
  • Pay the Fee: Check the fee chart to know how much to cough up.

Post-Test Steps

  • Practice and Pre-Licensing Course: Once you have your learner permit, mix some supervised driving practice with a pre-licensing course to gear up for the road test.
  • Road Test: Schedule it, ace it, and wait for your interim license. It’s valid for up to 5 years, just like your learner permit.

Ready to cruise through the streets of New York? This DMV permit practice test is your roadmap. It not only prepares you for the test but also familiarizes you with the procedures and requirements of the New York DMV. Buckle up, study hard, and let's get you that permit! 🚗💨


New York Learner's Permit Test FAQs in 2024

Can the permit test be taken online?

Yes, in New York, you can take the permit test online through the DMV Online Knowledge Test Application (OKTA) system. This option became available as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Can you get a permit at 15 in New York?

No, in New York, the minimum age to apply for a learner's permit is 16.

How many times can I take the permit test?

In New York, there is no limit to the number of times you can take the permit test. However, you must wait at least one day between attempts and may need to pay additional fees for each retake.

How much does a learner's permit cost?

The cost of a learner's permit in New York varies between $10 and $20, depending on your age and location. Additional metropolitan commuter transportation district (MCTD) fees may apply in certain areas.

How long is the permit valid for?

A learner's permit in New York is valid for approximately 5 years. The exact duration depends on your age at the time of application and the type of permit.


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List of questions (classic view)

  1. You may NOT pass a vehicle on the left if
  2. If two vehicles approaching from opposite directions reach an intersection at about the same time,
  3. You must _________ for an emergency vehicle using flashing lights, a siren, or an air horn that is approaching you from either direction.
  4. What does this sign indicate?
  5. New York State law requires you to signal at least ________ before you turn.
  6. You may not make a U-turn wherever other drivers would be unable to see your vehicle from ________ in either direction.
  7. In New York State, vehicles approaching from either direction must stop at least _________ from a stopped school bus with its red lights flashing.
  8. At a railroad crossing, flashing red lights, lowered crossing gates, or ringing bells mean that
  9. When entering a roundabout, rotary, or traffic circle, you must yield the right-of-way to
  10. When there are double solid lines next to your lane, you are
  11. If another vehicle is passing you on the left, you should __________ until the vehicle has safely passed you.
  12. This flag person's signal indicates that you must
  13. To turn around on a narrow, two-way street, you may make
  14. You must NOT pass on the right if the vehicle you are passing
  15. In New York City, the speed limit is _______ except where otherwise posted.
  16. This service sign shows the location of
  17. For an adequate space cushion between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you, you should use the
  18. If you are confronted by an aggressive driver, you should
  19. If another driver is tailgaiting you, the best course of action is to
  20. This sign is
  21. In New York State, who must wear seat belts?
  22. At an intersection, a steady yellow traffic light indicates that you must
  23. Under New York State law, it is illegal to ____ while driving.
  24. What does this sign mean?
  25. Which of the following statements about work zones is FALSE?
  26. In New York State, you are considered legally impaired if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is above
  27. When you see a triangular road sign, you must
  28. This sign indicates
  29. __________ are usually diamond shaped with black letters or symbols on a yellow background.
  30. If your rear wheels start to skid, what should you do?
  31. _________ allow vehicles to leave expressways.
  32. What does this sign mean?
  33. Dim your headlights to low beam when you are within ________ of an oncoming vehicle.
  34. In heavy rain, your vehicle's tires can ride on a film of water and lose contact with the road. This hazard is known as
  35. For better visibility in fog, rain, or snow, use
  36. This sign warns of
  37. Two-thirds of all deer-vehicle collisions occur in the months of
  38. If a tire blows out while you're driving, what should you do?
  39. If your vehicle stalls on railroad tracks when a train is approaching, what should you do?
  40. What does this sign mean?