Driver's Licence


As a foreign resident you will need to re-take your driver's license in New York State. To do this, you must first pass a written test, complete a 5-hour pre-licensing course and finally pass a road test to qualify for a NYS license.  When applying for your driver’s license you need a social security number or a letter stating that you are not eligible for one. This social security number can be obtained from any of the Social Security Offices. The SSA Letter or form must have been issued no more than 30 days before the date of your application.


To apply for a learners permit (and to register a car) you need 6 points of identification. At present, a passport with a visa counts for 3, a US credit card, an employee ID issued in the US showing your name card, health insurance card, utility bill all count for 1 giving you 7 points. The names on the different cards need to be identical. Click here to go to the DMV website for a list of most up-to-date requirements. Some types of visas are only accepted at DMV offices in Manhattan. 


If you think you are ready to take your test, try the on-line manual and quiz by clicking here.


Peekskill Office Peekskill Office -NYSDMV
1045 Park Street, Peekskill, NY 10566
Phone: 1-800-DIAL-DMV (1-800-342-5368)
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 - 4:00, Thursday 10:00 - 6:00


White Plains Office - NYSDMV
White Plains Mall - 2nd Floor, 200 Hamilton Avenue, White Plains, NY 10601
Phone: 1-800-DIAL-DMV (1-800-342-5368)
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 - 4:00, Thursday 10:00 - 6:00
No written learners' permit tests, CDL tests or enforcement transactions.


Yonkers Office Yonkers Office-NYSDMV
1 Larkin Plaza, Yonkers, NY 10701
Phone: 1-800-DIAL-DMV (1-800-342-5368)
Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday 8:30 - 4:00, Thursday 10:00 - 6:00




You may have noticed that you are allowed to turn right on a red light unless stated otherwise. This rule does not apply to NY City! No turns on red allowed there.


NEVER park next to a fire-hydrant!



A traffic stop is one of the most frequent encounters between citizens and police. Usually, police officers will pull a vehicle over if they have reason to believe that some offense has occurred. The following recommended procedures will ensure that the traffic stop can be completed quickly and safely.

When signaled by an officer, safely pull over to a place out of traffic flow.

  • Sit calmly, with your hands visible on the steering wheel. If you have passengers, ask them to sit quietly with their hands visible. (Avoid sudden movements or ducking in the seat; these actions can unnecessarily alarm the officer.)

  • If it is night, turn on your inside light when you pull the car over. For safety reasons, the officer will want to visually scan the car's interior before proceeding.

  • Do not get out of your car unless the officer asks you to step out. If you are asked to do so, comply in a calm manner.

  • A sure way to put an officer at ease is to communicate your actions in advance by telling the officer what you will be doing before you move. Also, you can ask to see the officer's identification.

  • If requested, you must give the officer your driver's license and vehicle registration. Tell the officer where it is before reaching for it - especially if it is tucked away in the glove box or some other unusual place.

  • If you are issued a citation, you will be asked to sign it. Signing is not an admission of guilt, but an acknowledgment that you have received the citation. While you may wish to clarify the circumstances of the citation, keep in mind that your guilt or innocence can only be determined in court. Arguments over or protests about the situation cannot be resolved in the street.