New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course

What is the New York Pre-Licensing Course?

In New York, first-time drivers who hold a New York learner permit
must complete either a 5-hour Pre-Licensing course or a Driver Education course (which includes 24 hours of coursework and 24 hours of in-car instruction) before they can take their road test to qualify for their driver license. First-time drivers who
are age 18 and older are allowed to take the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course online. Safe2Drive's course satisfies this requirement.

The 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course will teach you everything a first-time driver needs to know to be safe and competent on the roadway. We cover the following topics and much, much more:

  • Defensive driving techniques
  • Traffic laws
  • What traffic signs, signals, and pavement markings mean
  • Who has the right-of-way in different traffic scenarios
  • How to accurately assess risks on the roadway
  • How to share the road with other roadway users
  • How alcohol and drugs affect driving skills

Our online course is full of videos and games to make the learning experience fun and interactive and to help you retain the information.

When you complete our course, we'll submit your completion information to the New York DMV, and they will record your course completion on your driving record.
Please note that it can take up to 24 or 48 hours to post your completion on your driving record once your completion is submitted. Once your completion is posted on your driving record,
you may schedule your road test.

Please Note:

  • First-time drivers under age 18 must take either the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course or the Driver Education course in the classroom. They cannot take an online course.
  • The Pre-Licensing course is designed to provide information necessary for safe driving. It is not to help prospective drivers pass the road test.

You can read about the Terms and Conditions of the course here.

A Quick Guide to Getting Your New York Driver License If You're Age 18 or Older

Step One: Get Your Learner Permit.

The first step to getting your driver license is to get your learner permit. You must apply in person at the DMV for your permit.

Please refer to the New York DMV's website for the most current information regarding how to get your learner permit.

Step Two: Complete a 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course or a Driver Education Course

You must complete either a Pre-Licensing course or a Driver Education course before you can schedule your road test regardless of your age. The Pre-Licensing course is 5 hours
and can be taken online if you are age 18 or older. Safe2Drive's course satisfies this requirement. Please note, your Pre-Licensing course completion is valid for one year from the date it is issued.
Your completion must be valid on the date that you make your Road Test appointment. Please visit the New York DMV's website for the most up-to-date information.

The alternative option to the Pre-Licensing course is a Driver Education course, which is 24 hours of classroom instruction and 24 hours of in-car training (which includes
18 hours of observation and 6 hours of behind-the-wheel driving in a teacher-supervised vehicle).

Please Note: Drivers under age 18 have additional requirements they must follow to qualify for their driver license. In addition to taking the Pre-Licensing or Driver Education course,
they must also complete a minimum of 50 hours of supervised driving practice with a licensed driver age 21 or older, with at least 15 hours at night and at least 10 hours in moderate to heavy traffic.

Step Three: Pass Your Road Test

Once you complete either the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course or the Driver Education course, you may schedule your road test.

There is no minimum wait time for drivers age 18 and older between when you get your learner permit and when you can take the road test. Drivers
under age 18 must have their permit for at least 6 months before taking the road test.

You may schedule your road test online using the NY DMV's Road Test Scheduling System. To schedule your road test, you will need the following items:

  • You New York State DMV ID number
  • Your Pre-Licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or Driver Education Certificate (MV-285). If you took an online Pre-Licensing course like Safe2Drive's course, your completion will automatically be recorded
    on your driving record and you will not need to bring a physical certificate.
  • The 5-digit zip code of the area where you want to take your road test. You do not need to take your test in the area of the state where you live.

Please be aware that you may have to wait several weeks to take your road test. Usually, the earliest date is within three to five weeks, but at peak testing periods during summer and school breaks, it may be up to 10 weeks away.
There are no waiting lists. Tests are almost always given on weekdays and are only rarely offered on a Saturday.

On the day of your road test, try to arrive up to 30 minutes early to the test location. Be sure to bring the following with you:

  • Your photo learner permit
  • Glasses or contacts, if your permit indicates you need them to drive
  • Your original Pre-licensing Course Certificate (MV-278) or Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285). If you took an online Pre-Licensing course like Safe2Dive's course, your completion will automatically be recorded
    on your driving record and you will not need to bring a physical certificate.
  • A driver age 21 or older who has a license valid to operate the test vehicle
  • A vehicle to drive during the test that has a valid registration and inspection, operates properly and is in clean condition

The fee for up to 2 road tests is included in your driver license permit application fee. If you do not pass your first 2 road tests, you must pay another fee for up to 2 more tests.
There is no refund if you do not take both tests.

If you fail your road test, don't worry. You can schedule another road test. You will need to wait at least one day to take the test again.

When you pass your road test, you will be given an interim license that allows you to drive without the restrictions you had with a learner permit. Your real license will arrive in the mail in
about 2 weeks.

Why Choose Safe2Drive?

Safe2Drive's Pre-Licensing course can be summed up in 3 words: high-quality, convenient, and affordable. Because our course can be completed online, it is
easily accessible and you get to decide when you work on it! But you're not alone–our exceptional Customer Care team is available to you 7 days a week by phone, email, or Live Chat.
We're here to help if you have any questions! We also have a low-price guarantee, so you can be sure you're getting the best price out there.

So what are you waiting for? Sign up now and get started with your 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course!

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