116 Years Ago Today, New York City Issued First Driver's License Through the Bureau of Motor Vehicles

New York City issued its first driver's license; by 1918 all states required license plates. States were slower to require licenses for drivers. Only 39 states issued them by 1935 and few required a test, despite widespread concern about incompetent drivers. Early motorists were taught to drive by automobile salesmen, family and friends, or organizations like the YMCA. By the 1930s, many high schools offered driver education.

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