What is the fee for a new NY driver license? New York


New York requires paying the full license fee when taking the written driving test and applying for a permit. This fee covers both the written and road test, as well as the license application. 

There is no set rate. Instead, NY charges by age:

  • 16 to 16 1/2 pays $80
  • 16 1/2 to 17 pays $76.75
  • 17 to 17 1/2 pays $92.50
  • 17 1/2 to 18 pays $89
  • 18 to 18 1/2 pays $80
  • 18 1/2 to 21 pays $76.75 to $80
  • 21 and older pays $64.25 to $67.50

New York accepts cash, check or credit card. No payment is required during the road test, your last hurdle before obtaining a drivers license


Before taking the written test, also referred to as a knowledge exam, be sure take a few practice tests. This way you'll be prepared for the actual test. You can find a huge selection of practice tests on the Internet.

In addition to paying the license fee, you will also be required to provide several documents including proper identification and your Social Security card.  

The written test will be waived if your provide a driver education completion certificate (form MV-285).


As previously stated, no fees are required. However, if you fail the test twice you will be charged $10 for a third attempt. 

After passing the test you'll receive a temporary drivers license. You must carry this along with your permit when driving. Your permanent driver license should arrive in the mail within four weeks.

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