If you recently moved to New York, you’ll need to exchange your out-of-state license within 30 days. You cannot exchange an out-of-state license online. For this, you will need to visit a DMV location to provide the required paperwork. Once processed, your New York driver’s license will be mailed to you in approximately two weeks. In the meantime, the DMV will provide a non-photo document that you can use for ID until your new one arrives.
Due to COVID-19, most DMV offices have new safety guidelines and limited services that are offered. You’ll need to make an appointment for your in-person visit. You can make an appointment and find the nearest DMV office to you at this website under Reservations (In-Person Services). Prepare for your appointment by reading the DMV’s Reservations and Safety Requirements for in-person visits.
Your current out-of-state license must be valid or have expired less than two years ago and you must have had it for at least six months. If you have a license that’s newer than six months, you’ll have to apply for a new license in New York and pass a road test. Visit this website to learn how to apply for a new license.
It’s important to know that you cannot exchange an out-of-state license if it’s suspended or revoked. If your license is lost or stolen you must request a replacement from the previous state.
The New York DMV requires a vision test to exchange an out-of-state driver’s license and obtain a New York one. You can take the vision test on the day of your appointment at the DMV. Cleared to Drive cannot administer your vision screening when you do not yet hold a NY driver’s license, so you will have to take your initial vision screening in person at the DMV.