As of December 2019, due to the success of Green Light New York, immigrants are now able to obtain NYS drivers’ licenses regardless of immigration status.

HOW YOU CAN HELP.  UIDN currently has volunteers assisting individuals in the following steps needed to get a driver’s license.

1. Help our friends identify documents needed to prove their identity, as required by the DMV, and fill out the application form. This requires:

  • A grasp of required documents that, taken together, fulfill the point requirements and prove the applicant’s name, age, and residency in NYS.
  • Familiarity with the application form.
  • Awareness of “red flags” that may endanger the applicant and require the attention of an experienced attorney.
  • Flexibility, communication skills, respect, and a willingness to say, “I don’t know,” rather than risk someone’s safety.

2. Help friends prepare for the written exam leading to a learner’s permit. This requires:

  • Knowledge of NYS driving laws and practices, i.e., learning what is in the state’s Driver’s Manual.
  • Ability to impart test-taking skills for a multiple-choice test.
  • Patience and tutoring ability.

3. Go to the DMV with friends to show documents, submit applications, and/or take the written test for a learner’s permit. This requires:

  • Free time during the hours in which the DMV is open.
  • Patience with bureaucratic hurdles and possible long lines.

4. Drive or accompany friends to their driving test and wait to drive them home. This requires a valid driver’s license. Please note: volunteers are not expected to provide their own car for the driver’s test.

Prior to the pandemic, UIDN was conducting regular training sessions to prepare volunteers for the tasks above. For information on how to qualify, please contact Elana Michelson, 845-658-9838 or

Trained driver’s license advisors may access needed materials here.