Do you remember the anticipation of turning 16 and asking your parents to drive you to the Department of Motor Vehicles to pick up the booklet to study for your NYS Learner's Permit?  It may have been the only test that you actually didn't mind studying well as the only test you wanted to pass, the first time.

That whole process has been modified, thanks in part to the pandemic. Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced that the driver learner permit test for passenger vehicles and motorcycles is now available to New Yorkers statewide online according to a story aired on WKBW-TV.

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Photo Credit: NYS Dept of Motor Vehicles
Photo Credit: NYS Dept of Motor Vehicles

New Yorkers can now begin the permit application process online and take the test from the comfort of their home.

"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," Governor Cuomo said. "This new online permit test will make it faster and easier for New Yorkers to begin the process of applying for a driver learner permit from the comfort of their own homes, improving the overall customer experience while also reducing congestion in DMV offices."

The Pilot Program for online permit application began in 2020.

"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," said DMV Commissioner Mark J.F. Schroeder.

Officials say taking and passing the permit test online does not allow you to drive, if you pass the test you must still go to the DMV office to obtain their learner permit, but this will speed up the process.

You can find more information here.


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