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New Yorkers can now print temporary driver’s licenses

Posted 30 July 2015 at 12:00 am

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that New Yorkers now have the opportunity to print a temporary license from the Department of Motor Vehicles website when they renew or replace their driver licenses, learner permits, or non-driver identification card online.

This service will provide a quick, convenient way to get a temporary license, without making a trip to the DMV, allowing drivers and residents to be able to prove a new license is on the way.

“This administration remains committed to streamlining the processes of government, and one of our focuses has been making DMV wait times shorter and services more convenient,” Cuomo said. “We are bringing the DMV of New York into the 21st century and improving the way it serves millions of customers.”

The printable documents are similar to, and as valid as, one from the DMV office or DMV kiosk, but with the added convenience of printing from home. The temporary license, permit or non-driver identification card is valid for 60 days. Each temporary document appears on an eight-and-a-half-by-eleven-inch page and carries a background image of the New York State coat of arms.

Customers can access this service on the DMV’s website or with a MyDMV account. (Click here for more infromation.) When using the DMV website, a download link on their confirmation page will appear to download the temporary document. Customers renewing or replacing a license through their MyDMV account can log into their account and re-download their document for up to five days after completing their transaction.

The ability to download a temporary document is also offered to customers renewing or replacing their registrations. Additionally, the DMV website allows customers who are renewing late, or who have lost their documents, to obtain a temporary document immediately and avoid a trip to a DMV office.

The DMV is continuing to expand its online service capabilities. More than 1.2 million New Yorkers now receive email and text reminders from the DMV to renew their driver licenses, non-driver identification cards, and registrations, and to inspect their vehicles.

The DMV began offering this service to New Yorkers in February 2014 as part of its Customer Service Initiative. Customers can sign up for the electronic reminder service online, by mail, at a DMV office, or at a kiosk in a state-run DMV office and can choose to receive the reminders by email, text message, or both. Once enrolled, it is easy to change contact information in the future or unsubscribe from the service at any time.

The DMV sends enrollees license, non-driver identification card, and registration e-reminders approximately 90, 60, and 30 days prior to expiration and again at expiration. Customers receive e-reminders to have their vehicle inspected on the first of the month of expiration, the 15th of the month, and again at expiration. A MyDMV account is not required for this service.