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Old May 18th 2019, 1:48 am
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Hi there, I've been here in New York for a few years now but have just decided to go for my driving license. I have had a British one for 35 years so i was just wondering if anyone knows if I still need to do the 5 hour pre- licensing course or if i would be able to take a quick lesson and proceed straight to the test using my own car. Many thanks all
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Old May 18th 2019, 2:23 am
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Ouch, you’ve lived in NYS for a few years and have driven on your UK license all that time? Bad move! Get a NY license asap and yes, you have to take the class.
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Old May 18th 2019, 2:59 am
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I know, its been on my to do list and I am finally getting round to it !!! Thanks for the info on the 5 hour course, I will just get on with it and bite the bullet ! :-)
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Old May 18th 2019, 2:34 pm
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It's only a bad move if you get caught ;-)
I kept meaning to get around to it (been here just under 2 years) but drove so infrequently that it never became a priority. I got pulled over by a State Trooper up in Vermont (going a little too quickly), showed him my license and he quickly realized it was going to be too much paperwork so gave me a warning and drove off.

Having said all that, we're moving to Boston and I'll be going from the occasional trip in the car to a daily commute, so I've just started my application process for MA.
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You have 30 days after becoming resident in NY to get a local license, and if you are involved in an accident you could find that your insurance is voided, so you would face bankruptcy if sued for damages. So please excuse me for being blunt, but driving without a drivers license valid in New York, far beyond the "using my best efforts to get my local license ASAP" period, or indeed anywhere in the US, is incredibly stupid.

That said, the NY licensing test is a joke, you will need the mandatory 5 hour classroom course, and there is a computer based "written" test, so be sure to mug-up on things like rules for driving near school buses and the penalties for DUI offences, and for speeding.

The road test is a piece of cake, though my test included a parallel parking maneuver which is something I had not been required to do in my UK test. So long as you stop, dead stop, at stop signs and red lights, and don't kill more than one pedestrian during you road test, you will pass.

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Originally Posted by Pulaski View Post
You have 30 days after arriving in NY to get a local license, and if you are involved in an accident you could find that your insurance is voided, so you would face bankruptcy if sued for damages. So please excuse me for being blunt, but driving without a drivers license valid in New York, or indeed anywhere in the US, is incredibly stupid.

That said, the NY licensing test is a joke, you will need the mandatory 5 hour classroom course, and there is a computer based "written" test, so be sure to mug-up on things like rules for driving near school buses and the penalties for DUI offences, and for speeding.

The road test is a piece of cake, though my test included a parallel parking maneuver which is something I had not been required to do in my UK test. So long as you stop, dead stop, at stop signs and red lights, and don't kill more than one pedestrian during you road test, you will pass.
For other posters who read this its a little more specific that that:

“If you move to New York State and become a resident 1, you must get a New York State driver license within 30 days.“

https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/moving-new-york

Someone can arrive for up to 90 days on VW and would struggle to get the require documents to get a local lisence.

But for the OP it sounds like they should have done the local lisence within 30 days of becoming a resident by the NY state definition not USCIS one.

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It's only a bad move if you get caught ;-)
I kept meaning to get around to it (been here just under 2 years) but drove so infrequently that it never became a priority. I got pulled over by a State Trooper up in Vermont (going a little too quickly), showed him my license and he quickly realized it was going to be too much paperwork so gave me a warning and drove off.

Having said all that, we're moving to Boston and I'll be going from the occasional trip in the car to a daily commute, so I've just started my application process for MA.
An even worse move if you are involved in an accident!!
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... “If you move to New York State and become a resident 1, you must get a New York State driver license within 30 days." .... But for the OP it sounds like they should have done the local lisence within 30 days of becoming a resident by the NY state definition not USCIS one.
Thank you for filling in the specifics.

It is worth noting that the are numerous different definitions of being "resident", all of which have their own rules and are often inconsistent, sometimes wildly so. So there are resident statuses for USCIS and drivers licenses but also for taxes, for college tuition, for firearms registration, for marriage, and (separately), for divorce, and no doubt many others, but it is a falacy to assume that because you are resident, or non-resident, by one definition that the same applies for any other definition. For example you can be non-resident for tax purposes, but resident for the purposes of needing a drivers license.
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For other posters who read this its a little more specific that that:

“If you move to New York State and become a resident 1, you must get a New York State driver license within 30 days.“

https://dmv.ny.gov/more-info/moving-new-york

Someone can arrive for up to 90 days on VW and would struggle to get the require documents to get a local lisence.

But for the OP it sounds like they should have done the local lisence within 30 days of becoming a resident by the NY state definition not USCIS one.
I fail to see where the definition you offered from the NYS DMV website differs in anyway from what is normally prescribed here in these forums and what the USCIS definition of resident has to do with the requirement to obtain a NYS driver's license, or any state driver's license.

Yes, the OP should have gotten a NYS license within 30 days of becoming a resident of the State of New York. They are going to do so at their earliest convenience. As Pulaski has noted, the most difficult part of the NYS testing is sitting through the 5 hour boring classroom lecture and learning all the statistics and punishments accorded driving infractions.
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