You must fill out an Application for Driver License (MV-44) to apply for a learner permit or driver license in New York State (NYS). You'll need to pass a vision and written test, as well as pay application and license fees. The NY DMV written test is based on the contents of the New York Driver's Manual, including road rules, road signs, driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and other driving and safety rules. There are 20 multiple choice questions on the New York State knowledge test. You must accurately answer at least 14 questions, including 2 of the 4 questions about road signs, to pass the NYS DMV test. Let's start with our online permit test New York now.