How to get your New York state drivers license. You will need your learners permit prior to getting your license. Use our online drivers ed course or practice tests to prepare you for your written permit test. Practice, practice, practice, you can never have enough driving practice with your guardian. Driver training is not required but very helpful in preparing for your road test as well. Check below for a 911 driving school location nearest to you. Once you complete your behind the wheel practice and driver training you will be ready to take your road test and get your license. Check with your local DMV office for all licensing requirements.