Driver License Information

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We encourage all students to apply for their driver license.  It is a useful form of ID.  Not all towns recognize driver licenses from abroad.  We suggest that you wait until you have settled down into the routine of school and have established the many forms of ID that are required to apply. You must wait at least 30 days after your first semester starts to go to apply for your license.


Below is the website for the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  If you have any questions regarding obtaining a license, please stop by the office for further information.

Website Address:

                                            Address of Local DMV:   

                                            Eastern Hills Mall

                                            4545 Transit Road

                                            Williamsville, NY  14221

                                            Monday - Friday 10:00 am to 5:00pm

                                            Note:  Expect to wait on line 


                                            Northtown Plaza

                                            3095A Sheridan Drive

                                            Amherst, NY 14226

                                            Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 4:45 pm

                                            Permit tests: 9:00 am - 4:15 pm

                                            Note:  Expect to wait on line

How to Get Your Driver License:

  1. Apply for a learner permit.  Pay the application fee and the driver license fee.  See the cost listed below.  Pass the vision test and the written test.  Receive your permit.
  2. Practice for your road test.
  3. Take a driver education course or a DMV-approved pre-licensing course.
  4. Use your driver education certificate or pre-licensing course certificate to make an appointment for your road test by phone or on-line.
  5.  Pass your road test and receive your NYS driver license.

You must show your passport with valid visa, I-94 card and your I-20.   In addition, you will need other forms of ID.  Please see the website for a list of options and their point value. 


You must show a Social Security Card. If you are not eligible for a Social Security Card, you must provide a letter or form SSA-L676 from the US Social Security Administration (SSA) that states that you are not eligible. The SSA Letter or form must have been issued no more than 30 days before the date of your application. You must also show the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) documents that the SSA used to determine that you are not eligible for a Social Security Card.

NOTE: The pricing scale of the New York State Driving License is based on applicant’s age.

Permit/License fee: 

o Age 17 ½ to 18......$89.25

o Age 18 to 18 ½......$80.00

o Age 18 ½ to 21......$76.75-$80.00

o Age 21 and older...$64.25-$67.50

Renewal Fee.............$64.50 Valid for 8 years

The prices listed above are current as of February 26, 2014 and are subject to change at any time. For the most current fee prices, please visit:

As always, the Global Programs Office is here to assist you with the process. If you need a ride to the DMV or the Social Security Administration, please make an appointment with Carol Renner by calling (716) 566-7837 or sending an e-mail to

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