To drive in New York, you need to be at least 16 years old and must apply for a New York driver license. This license will vary based on what you want to drive. There are several classes, such as D, which is what most people have, A, B, C, M, and E. D is the normal operating license, and JD is for operators under the age of 18.
Testing and Preparing to DriveTo get started, you should first get a learner permit. The learner permit can be used during supervised driving practice. To get this permit, you do need to pass a written test, which you can prepare for in advance. After this, you need to take a pre-licensing course or driver education course. Following this, and after passing a road test, you will receive an interim license. This allows you to drive until your license arrives in the mail approximately two weeks later.
Graduated Driver LicenseNew York does use a graduated driver license program for those under the age of 18. This program places restrictions on drivers who have a junior learner permit or junior driver license. The restrictions depend on two things:
- Where you plan on driving in the state
- Whether you have a learner permit or license
Probationary Period for New DriversThe New York State Department of Motor Vehicles requires a probationary period for new drivers. During this time, the first six months after you pass the road test or in order to restore a revoked license, you’ll need to drive safely and within the law. If you make any mistakes within the probationary period, you’ll lose your license for 60 days. Some of the violations you could be convicted of that would cost you your license, at least temporarily, include:
- Reckless driving
- Using a portable electronic device while driving
- Using a mobile telephone while driving
- Any two other traffic violations
Defensive Driving CoursesThe New York Department of Motor Vehicles has approved many accident prevention courses that help reduce points on your license after an offense or that can help lower your insurance premiums. Some course providers include:
- New York Safety Program
- American Safety
- National Traffic Safety Institute
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