Driver's LICENSE 101
by rashell vasquez, '18
As a teen, we all dream about having a car and being able to go places without having to wait for trains or buses, rely on metrocards, or deal with crowded public transportation. Turning sixteen has its perks, you are only two years away from turning eighteen and, most importantly, a person can get their driver's license.
In the state of New York, you must be at least sixteen or older to apply for a driver’s license. There are various steps that need to be taken before acquiring that license.
To begin with, one must apply for a learner's permit at a DMV office. A learner’s permit is a regulated license that is given to an individual who is learning how to drive, but has not yet satisfied the requirement to attain a driver license. In order to be certified with a learner permit, you must first pass a written test, twenty multiple choice questions based on basic rules of the road. In order to pass this test, you must answer fourteen out of the twenty multiple-choice questions correctly, as well as two out of the four road sign questions correctly. To make life easier, the DMV website has practice tests that cover all the information a driver should be familiar with.
After successfully passing the test, you are required to take an eye test, unless you bring an Eye Test Report that has been properly filled out by an eye-care expert. After filling out the paperwork, you will be issued a learner’s permit, valid up to five years.
However, this varies for everyone. Not passing the written test does have an upside to it; you can take the test countless times without having to pay an additional fee. Do not feel unmotivated if you cannot pass the written test; it might seem intimidating at first, but all you need to do is sit down and study. After you have paid your application fee, which can range from $64.00-$102.00 depending on your age, all you need to do is sit back and relax as you wait for your learner’s permit to arrive in the mail. This process usually takes around two weeks.
Although a learner’s permit does mean you’re one step closer to driving, you are restricted from doing a lot of things. One of the greatest misconceptions about having a learner’s permit is that, if you are under eighteen, you are required to be accompanied by someone who is twenty one years or older and has a valid driver license. . This statement, for the most part, is true. However, since your age is not taken into account, when you have a learner’s permit, you must always be accompanied by a certified driver who is twenty one years old or older. More information can be acquired through the DMV website.
The next step may be a bit aggravating for those who are under the age of eighteen. It may feel as if you're running a marathon and as you’re making you’re way to the finish line, all of sudden, your shoelaces come undone.You’re then forced to sit down and tie your laces as everyone else passes by. Why? Because at this point, you have to wait a 6 month period in order to be eligible to take a road test!
Once you have taken your road test and passed it successfully, you are given a driver's license. Although the process may seem long and time consuming, it’s very easy to acquire a driver’s license if you put enough time and effort to achieve your goal.