The NYS DMV provides eligible persons in NYS with documents necessary to legally drive a car in New York State, and identity documents.
International students are allowed to drive in New York State using their home country driver's license and an International Driving Permit if your home country license is not in English. For more information, download the PDF below:
You may also wish to apply at the NYS DMV for a NYS Learner's Permit or a NYS Driver's License.
To apply for a NYS ID Card you need to bring the following documents with you to the NYS DMV:
Directions to the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles:
All persons in F visa status must go to the Canton office of the NYS DMV. This is the only office presently equipped with the technology required to process applications where verification of a passport identity pages is necessary.
The main county office of the NYS DMV is located in Canton at 80 State Highway 310 - Suite 3.
You can check on office hours by calling 315-386-1408 or 315-386-1409. Remember office hours may change so be sure to check for the hours during the week you plan to visit the DMV office.
It is against the law to drive a motor vehicle that is not registered, or not covered by auto insurance to the NYS DMV office. The NYS DMV has the legal authority to seize your vehicle and impound it (keep it).You will be ticketed for a violation of the law and you may also be fined.
Owning a Car in NYS:
There is a lot to know and learn about owning, registering, and insuring a car in New York State. It is suggested you review the information available on Binghamton University, State University of New York's website. Please remember the information presented is geared towards international students living and attending school in the Binghamton area - car rental business locations/phone numbers and DMV office locations are not pertinent to a student attending SUNY Potsdam - however all NYSDMV regulatory information is applicable.
Please Note: All information on this page was used with permission and adapted from: International Student and Scholar Services, Binghamton University, State University of New York.
Binghamton University, State University of New York - Guidelines for Owning a Car in the U.S.