To exchange an acceptable out-of-state photo driver license for a NYS driver license:
Complete application form MV-44 and apply at a local DMV office.
Pass a vision test at the DMV office, or bring a valid form MV-619 (Eye Test Report) completed by an eye-care professional. If the form MV-619 has a print date of 9/03 or earlier, the form is valid for 6 months after the date of the eye test. If the form has a print date of 3/04 or later, the eye-care professional marks a box on the form to indicate if the form is valid for 6 months or for 12 months after the date of the eye test.
Surrender your out-of-state driver license. See the information below if your out-of-state driver license is lost or stolen.
Provide at least two points of identification and proof of date of birth, and your out-of-state photo driver license and your Social Security Card.
Show your Social Security Card. If you are not eligible for a Social Security Card, you must provide a letter from the US Social Security Administration (SSA) that states that you are not eligible. The SSA Letter must have been issued within the last 30 days. You must also show an I-94 with one of the following codes: B-1, B-2, E-2, F-2, H4, L-2, M-2, O-3, P-4, Q-3, R-2 or TD. At least 11 months of valid, legal status must remain on your I-94.
Pay the $10 application fee and the driver license fee with cash, check, money order or credit card.