How do I update my New York driver license if I currently have an expired license?

Expired License For Less Than 12 Months

 If you recently moved to New York with an expired out-of-state drivers license you will not have to take the tests (written and road) if the license has been expired for less than 12 months. To update to a NY driver license you will then need to:

  • Complete a New York driver application (form MV-44).
  • Either pass a vision test or provide the DMV office with an eye test report (form MV-619).
  • Provide at least two points of identification and proof of your date of birth.
  • Your out-of-state driver photo license, which you'll need to surrender.
  • Your Social Security Card. If you are not eligible for a number, you must provide a letter from the Social Security Administration, dated within the last 30 days, stating that you cannot receive a Social Security number. You must also show an I-94 with one of the following codes: B-1, B-2, E-2, F-2, H4, L-2, M-2, O-3, P-4, Q-3, R-2 or TD. 
  • Pay a $10 application fee and a license fee that, depending on your age, ranges from $64.25 to $92.50.

You will want to do this as quickly as possible. Driving with an expired drivers license will result in a traffic ticket. 

Expired License for More Than 12 Months

If your license has been expired more than 12 months, you will have to take New York's written and road tests. To study for the written test obtain a copy of the state's drivers manual and study. All questions are based on information found in the manual. You'll then want to take several practice tests. 

When you're ready for the actual test, visit any DMV office and bring the following:

  • Complete a New York driver application (form MV-44).
  • Either pass a vision test or provide the DMV office with an eye test report (form MV-619).
  • Provide at least two points of identification and proof of your date of birth.
  • Your out-of-state driver photo license, which you'll need to surrender.
  • Your Social Security Card. If you are not eligible for a number, you must provide a letter from the Social Security Administration, dated within the last 30 days, stating that you cannot receive a Social Security number. You must also show an I-94 with one of the following codes: B-1, B-2, E-2, F-2, H4, L-2, M-2, O-3, P-4, Q-3, R-2 or TD. 
  • Pay a $10 application fee and a license fee that, depending on your age, ranges from $64.25 to $92.50.

 After you pass the written test, you'll then need to schedule a road test. You can do this online or by calling (518) 402-2100. 

 When you appear for the road test, be sure to have:

  • Your permit.
  • A pre-licensing course certificate (form MV-278).
  • A working vehicle that is legally registered and insured. 
  • You will also need to accompanied by a licensed driver.  

You'll be issued a temporary license if you pass. Your permanent license should arrive in the mail within four weeks.

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