You can forget about sitting in a crowded New York Department of Motor Vehicle office sweating over your written exam for a driver or motorcycle learner permit.

An online learner permit test is now available statewide, allowing the start of the permit application process to be done at home.

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Kathy Whyte/ WNBF News

Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the pilot program for Class D (passenger vehicle) and Class M (motorcycle) learner permit process to be started remotely was being expanded statewide.

The remote test is still only the first step and passing does not allow a person to drive.  The budding motorist must still come to a DMV office to get their permit but the visit will be quicker and more convenient for the customer and allow more people to be served by the DMV.

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The new online application also provides a checklist of all the documents people need to upload and bring with them to the Department of Motor Vehicles.  The DMV representative will review the documents ahead of the appointment and advise the customer if any corrections are needed before they actually show up.

For more information on getting a passenger vehicle or motorcycle learner permit in New York go to

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