Drivers License and Non-Driver Identification
In order to obtain a drivers license you will need to be age 16 or older. To get a learners permit, driver license, or non-driver ID for the first time or to renew a license or identification that has been expired for more than two years, you must:
1. Prove your date of birth with a certified copy or original birth certificate. See form ID-44 Proof of Identity for other acceptable proof.
2. Have your social security card with you.
3. Prove your name and address by submitting one or more documents that total 4 points. See form ID-44 Proof of Identity for other acceptable proof and point value.
Bring the required documentation along with Form MV-44 to the nearest Erie County Auto Bureau. If interested in an Enhanced Drivers License to enter Canada or Mexico, you will need to complete Form MV-44EDL and bring the necessary documents.
Renew License or non-Driver Identification
You must renew your license before it expires or you could face fines.
If you drive with expired license get a traffic ticket, you will receive fines and penalties
- 60 days or less after the expiration date: $25 to $40 plus state and local surcharges
- more than 60 days after the expiration date: $75 to $300 plus state and local surcharges
You can renew up to 1 year before it expires and 2 years after (there are no exceptions).
Renewal anytime within this period will NOT affect the expiration date of your new driver license or the fees.
If your license is expired for 2 years or more, you must apply for an original license. You must present all proofs of identification and residency, pass the vision test and the written test, complete a pre-licensing course and pass a Road Test. The same applies for a non-Driver Identification Card- you will need to present all proofs of identification and residency. See form ID-44 Proof of Identity for other acceptable proof and point value.
Once renewed, your license or non-Driver ID expiration date will be extended for 8 years.
Get an Enhanced Drivers License (EDL) and Enhanced Non-Driver Identification
What is an enhanced driver license (EDL)?
A NYS EDL is compliant with the REAL ID Act and Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) and in 2016 a NYS EDL will be required to board domestic flights.
If you are a US citizen and NYS resident, you can apply for a NYS Enhanced Driver License (EDL) that can be used instead of a passport to return to the US by land or sea from Canada, Mexico and some countries in the Caribbean. An EDL is not acceptable for "InternationaL" air travel between these countries.
We recommend you contact your travel agent, your cruise line or the specific countries of destination to verify your travel document requirements.
How do I apply for an EDL?
You must apply for an EDL in person at any Erie County Auto Bureau and provide Proof of Your Identity, U.S. Citizenship, NYS Residency and Age (Date of Birth), Social Security Card (or Federal or NYS TAx form with compete social Security Number)
You will also need
- a completed Application for Enhanced Driver License or Non-Driver ID Card (MV-44EDL)
- payment for the fees
If you are looking for information on how to apply for a REAL ID click here
Can I apply online, by phone or mail?
No, because you are required to show proofs of identity, NYS residency and U.S. Citizenship. All applications for enhanced documents must be made in person at any Erie County Auto Bureau.
Please visit any of our main or satellite office locations if you with to apply for a REAL ID or Enhanced Driver License/non-Driver Identification card. At present we are unable to process this type of transaction at any of our Mobile locations.
Is there an additional fee for an enhanced driver license?
The additional fee for an enhanced driver licensed (EDL) or enhanced non-driver ID card (ENDID) is $30.00. The fee is added to the other fees for the driver license or non-driver ID transaction.
To determine the fee for converting from a regular driver license or ID card to an enhanced document, see Early renewal with conversion to an enhanced document.
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