Owing to New York State’s 2019 Green Light legislation immigrants are eligible to apply for learners’ permits and drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status. For immigrants who already know how to drive passing the test for the learner’s permit is the most challenging part of the process.
To help, UIDN partnered with Green Light NY and the Worker Justice Center New York (WJCNY) to create a five-part online workshop and a study guide to help people prepare for the written test.
Additional study materials
The New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has a 77-page driver’s manual in Spanish and English to help applicants prepare for the test. Our videos are designed to help people understand the manual but applicants still need to refer to it. Our Spanish-language study guide explains how to use the DMV manual effectively — just reading it is not always the best way to learn the material.
The DMV also has sets of flashcards for reviewing questions that may be on the test: traffic signs, practice questions, and a practice exam for learner permit. Applicants can review them over and over — putting aside those they know and continuing to review the ones they still need to practice.
The best way to use the flashcards is to print the pages from the links above. When printed, one side of a sheet of paper will have questions and the other side answers. Cut them so that only one question and answer appear on each sheet and then fold the paper so the question is
on one side and the answer is on the other. This is a very useful way to study, and it is worth the effort to figure out how to print them.
The WJCNY website has good information on how to apply for a license and on the documentation needed. The New York State Dept. of Motor Vehicles website also explains how to apply for a license. Both websites are available in many languages including Spanish and English.