A learner’s permit is your first step towards a New York driver’s license. It allows you to drive in New York with the supervision of a licensed driver who is 21 years or older. It’s important to know that you cannot drive unsupervised with a learner’s permit. To apply for a leaner’s permit, you need to go to a DMV and provide proof of ID, pass a vision test, take a written exam, and pay an application fee.
Learner’s permits are generally not renewable. Before your learner’s permit expires, you may either take your road test and upgrade your permit to a driver’s license, or apply for a new learner permit and start the process over. Either way, you’ll have to visit the DMV. You cannot upgrade a learner’s permit to a standard driver’s license online. After you get your first driver’s license, you’ll be able to renew it online when it expires after passing a vision test.
Along with driver’s licenses, the DMV also offers non-driver identification cards. A non-driver ID is a valid New York ID card that does not allow you to drive in the State of New York. It is only used for identification purposes. Let’s say you live in New York, but you don’t need to be able to drive. In this case, you’ll want to apply for a non-driver ID.
You can renew a non-driver ID online without taking a vision test. Keep in mind that you will need to visit a DMV location in person if you want to upgrade your non-driver ID to a different class, such as an ENHANCED ID or REAL ID. Visit the DMV’s online renewal page to renew your non-driver ID.