Restricted Use Driver License

In the state of New York, a restricted use driver license can be applied for in person at the local Department of Motor Vehicles office. Drivers are urged to contact their closest DMV before arriving to be sure that the branch accepts these applications.

The Department of Motor Vehicles may issue a restricted use driver’s license to any qualified driver. This is conditional on the driver not having had their license suspended or revoked due to alcohol or drug-related charges.

If a driver has been charged with an alcohol or drug-related crime, they may apply for a conditional driver’s license. To qualify for this type of license, the driver must attend an Impaired Driver Program before applying for the conditional license. That program must be one that is approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Drivers from other states who will be staying in New York for an extended period may apply for either type of license. Conditions and restrictions are the same as for any driver with a New York State license.

To make applying for a restricted use driver’s license easier, the Department of Motor Vehicles has made the application available online. The form can be filled out and printed prior to arriving at the DMV.

If you have any questions about the type of license you may be qualified for, contact your local DMV branch via telephone or in person. An authorized agent will be able to answer any questions you may have regarding your license.