Driving and Commuting
Two major interstates and various state routes cross Orange County.
Interstate 84 enters New York near Port Jervis via a long bridge that crosses both the Delaware and Neversink rivers just above their confluence. The Middletown exit on I-84 serves state Route 17, the long freeway slowly being transformed into I-86, another mile further to the east. This junction is the western corner of Orange County’s Golden Triangle of interstates, so named for its attractiveness to businesses for their distribution centers. Immediately afterward, I-84 passes between the Galleria at Crystal Run, the county’s largest mall, and the eponymous office park to the south. To reach West Point from I-84, follow signs to state Route 9W South for 12 miles. As you are in your final descent off the mountain, you will encounter three exits on your right for West Point. The first exit is for Department of Defense ID card holders only and has limited hours.
The Metro-North Railroad lines run parallel to many of the major highways in the county. The closest station to West Point is in Peekskill where cabs are often waiting. It is a 20-minute drive to West Point from there.
The New York Department of Transportation offers commuter options at www.511ny.org. Registered users can also create a personalized profile to receive phone, text or email updates about incidents on their specified routes.
New York Department of Motor Vehicles
12 King St.
Middletown, NY 10940
20 Hammond St.
Port Jervis, NY 12771
The New York Department of Motor Vehicles issues driver’s licenses, identification cards and vehicle registration and provides other driving-related services. Find many of the required forms at https://dmv.ny.gov/forms.
Military personnel and their spouses stationed in New York from elsewhere may continue to drive with a valid driver’s license from their home state, but in general, all New York residents must apply for a driver’s license.
The state spells out what is required for licensing in its New York Driver Manual (https://tinyurl.com/pgc56ah).
Applications associated with driving and vehicle registration are available online at https://tinyurl.com/h9zea5a, including DMV forms, requests for driving records and more.
Military members and veterans may be entitled to certain DMV exemptions and allowances. For more information, visit the website.
The state of New York prohibits drivers from making calls on handheld wireless telephones while operating a motor vehicle.
Composing, sending, reading, accessing, browsing, transmitting, saving or retrieving electronic data such as email, text messages or webpages while driving also is prohibited in New York, as is viewing or taking pictures.
New York State Department of Transportation
Visit the New York State Department of Transportation website for interactive maps, information about road closures and travel