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.