If you want to drive in New York State, be sure you know how to get a driver's license, what insurance you need, and what regulations may apply to you.
Even before you come to the U.S., you can take steps to prepare to drive in New York State.
You can drive in NYS if you have an unexpired foreign driver's license with you. However, some police officers and auto insurers believe that you need a NYS driver's license after residing in NYS for a period time. Therefore, we recommend that you obtain a NYS driver's license if you are eligible.
An International Driving Permit is not required in NYS, but it is helpful (especially if your license is not in English) because it informs authorities in several languages that you have a valid driver's license. By itself, the International Driving Permit is not valid for driving in NYS. You cannot obtain an International Driving Permit when you get to the U.S. so please bring one with you if you plan to drive in NYS.
Yes, you can do both. HOWEVER,
We recommend that you obtain a NYS driver's license if you are eligible.
Usually, yes. But keep in mind that rental car companies may have their own requirements (e.g. minimum age), which you must satisfy.
You will be eligible to apply for a NYS driver's license if you have one of the following documents and it is still valid:
You can follow the steps below to plan out your application process.
This is the “rules of the road” book. When you drive in NYS, you are expected to know, and abide by, these rules.
You will go to the DMV, fill out the application and pay the fee for the driver's license. You must bring proof of your name AND proof of your date of birth to complete this application.
NYS driver’s license fee rates for first-time drivers in the U.S. are available at the DMV website (look for your age under Class D driver’s license).
The written test is based on the information in the Manual. If you wear glasses or contact lenses, please wear them for the eye exam.
Look online to find out where you can take this course.
After you have completed steps #1-4, you may make an appointment for a road test when you are ready to be tested.
UB's Registrar is the office in charge of enrollment and transcripts. For information on getting enrollment verification from HUB please refer to their Enrollment and Degree Verification page.
ISS cannot help you obtain enrollment verification or official transcripts. You must contact the Registrar if you have any questions
To prove your date of birth, you must submit one of the following:
If you're in the Buffalo area you can call them directly at (716) 858-7450.
If you're not in the Buffalo area use the link below to find the contact information for your local DMV office.
You must purchase automobile insurance if you buy a car. This can add a substantial cost to car ownership. Please be sure to consider the cost of insurance when planning your car budget.
You must register your car with the DMV every two years and there is a fee for the car registration. You cannot register a vehicle online. Auto dealers can register and title vehicles, and issue plates (and charge a fee for this).
New York State has requirements regarding the amount of insurance coverage you must have for your car.