New York DMV Teen Driver Frequently Asked Questions

How Many Questions Are on the Test?

The learner’s permit test consists of 20 multiple choice questions.  

How Many Questions Do You Have to Get Right?

To receive a passing grade on the examination you must correctly answer fourteen out of twenty questions, and at least two out of the four questions related to road signs. 

What Do You Need to Apply for Your Learner’s Permit?

In order to apply for your permit, the State of New York requires that you provide the following documents:
  • Proof of identity
  • Social Security card
  • Proof of residence
  • Proof of citizenship or legal presence
  • MV-285 Driver Education Certificate (if applicable)
  • Necessary fees
  • A parent or guardian’s signature

What Happens if you Fail the Test?

If you fail the written examination, you can retake it any number of times without limit, though usually you have to wait one day between attempts. You will not be charged a reexamination fee for subsequent attempts.In general, obtaining a learner’s permit is not a difficult process. Students who have studied the New York Driver’s Handbook in its entirety rarely have any problem passing the test, and for extra assurance an excellent idea is take one or more of the free practice tests that are available online.  

What Kinds of Questions Are on the Test?

All of the questions that appear on the learner’s permit test are found in the New York Driver’s Handbook, which is also available for free download from the New York DMV website. The answers to these questions are also found in the handbook, so reading this book cover to cover is your best bet to ensure you achieve a passing score.There are two categories of questions found on the test. The first essentially deals with the “rules of the road”, and covers a wide range of information to include:
  • Driving laws (liability insurance laws, alcohol-related laws, pedestrian laws, implied-consent laws)
  • The penalties for violating these laws
  • Various kinds of maneuvering (turning, signaling, lane changing, and parking)
  • Differences between highway driving and city driving, including speed limits
  • Procedures to be used in accidents or emergencies
  The second category deals specifically with the different types of road signs. Questions from this category may include:
  • The four basic uses for signs (indicating hazard, providing guidance, providing information, and regulating traffic) and which color is used for each
  • Distinguishing various signs and their meaning based on color and shape
  • The uses for pavement markings on both highways and streets, and the ways in which they restrict the actions of drivers

Where and How is the Test Administered?

The written examination can be taken at any of your local driver’s license offices. The New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) is in charge of issuing driver’s licenses and a list of all DL offices statewide can be found on their website. Once you’ve found a suitable office, completed an application and paid your fees, the test will be administered electronically on the computer and the results will be processed immediately upon completion.