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I don't think you can "exchange" your German drivers license for a NY state license. You have to head over to the Department of Motor Vehicles and fill out an application to take the permit written test. https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-license/get-driver-license Good luck!

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You cant. You have to start from scratch unfortunately. Do the written test and an eye test to get the learner permit, do a 5 hour course and then do the road test. I don't know the process for K1. I came on a Cr1 and I used my marriage certificate, passport and ssn (this was before I got my green card).

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You cant. You have to start from scratch unfortunately. Do the written test and an eye test to get the learner permit, do a 5 hour course and then do the road test. I don't know the process for K1. I came on a Cr1 and I used my marriage certificate, passport and ssn (this was before I got my green card).

That is true in terms of actually getting a NYS drivers license, but you are still permitted to drive without restriction during the whole process if you have a drivers license from another country. So in other words, just because you have to start from scratch does not mean that you cannot drive during that period. This is what it says on the DMV website:

If driver license from another country and I have a NYS learner permit. Can I drive without a supervising driver?

Yes. Your valid foreign driver license allows you to drive without a supervising driver. You can drive on any street, road, highway, bridge, or tunnel, except in a DMV road test area.

If your driver license is printed in any language except English, you must bring an International Driving Permit or a certified translation of your driver license to the road test. The translation must be certified by a consulate, the US Department of State, or another official agency. The translation must include

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