available 24/7
This course is available 24/7 It is a combination of text and videos that can be taken anytime on any device.
DMV Approved
DMV Approved

How does the course work?

The course has 6 units and the total instruction time is 270 minutes (4.5 hours). At the end of each unit, you will be required to pass a short multiple-choice quiz. You must get at least a 70% score to pass a unit quiz. You will be given 3 attempts to achieve a passing score and move on with the course. If you fail, re-registration is free. You will also be required to validate your identity throughout the course. Our course uses identity validation questions that are asked at each login and via a phone call in system throughout the course. If you fail three consecutive ID validation questions you will be disqualified from the course. Your completion is automatically sent to the New York DMV. There is no completion certificate. Once your completion is successfully reported, you can schedule your behind the wheel road driving test. The course must be completed within 30 days from the date the person completes registration.

How does the course work?

Who needs the course?

18 years of age or older.

18 years of age or older.

18 years of age or older.

Have a NY Learner's Permit*.

18 years of age or older.

Ready to schedule your behind the wheel road test

18 years of age or older.

Never taken Driver's Ed.

*Class DJ and MJ permit holders are not eligible to take this Pre-Licensing course online.

What this course isn't.

Not for those with a class DJ or MJ lerner's permit.
Not a preparation to help pass the road test.
Not for those that have already completed a Driver's Ed course and have a MV-285 Certificate.

The New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course provides important knowledge that is needed as a new driver to operate a vehicle safely and is required before you can schedule your behind the wheel road test. The goal for the course is to help give you the tools you need to be a safer driver while behind the wheel. It is not designed to help you pass the behind the wheel road test. Only practice will do that.

  1. You must be at least 18 years old, and
  2. You must hold a valid New York State Learner Permit.

NOTE: If you hold a class DJ or MJ learner permit and are seeking a junior driver license or junior motorcycle license, you are required to take the Pre-Licensing course in a classroom format and not online.

The largest benefit to the online course is that it is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You do not have to be online on any particular day or time. Whenever you are ready, you can register to create your account and then begin the course. You are not required to do the course in one sitting. You can log in and out of the course as needed from any internet enabled device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC, etc.) and it will automatically save your course progress.

As long as you meet the eligibility requirements mentioned above, then all you need is your New York Learner permit to register. You will need your permit because you are required to enter you’re the Learner Permit ID number, the Learner Permit Document number, the Permit Class and the Permit Expiration date to create your account successfully.

The payment process is included in the registration process and will accept any debit or credit card.

Course Length: There are 6 units and the total instruction time is 270 minutes (4.5 hours). You can log in and out of the course as needed though, and the course will automatically save the furthest unit and page you have reached.

Identity Validation: As required by the New York DMV you must successfully identify yourself throughout the course. Our course does this with identity validation questions that are asked each time you login to the course and via a phone call in system during the course. During the registration process you will be required to answer 10 identity validation questions (Example: How many brothers do you have?). Our system will then require you to answer one of those questions at each course login and at 7 points during the course via the phone call in system. If you fail 3 consecutive identity validations (either at login or during the course via the phone call system) your account will be disqualified, and you will be required to start a new course from the beginning. Should this occur, your new course will be free.

Content Validation: At the end of each unit, you will be required to pass a short multiple-choice quiz (4 questions). You must get at least a 70% score to pass each unit quiz. You will be given 3 attempts at each unit to achieve a passing score. If you fail 3 quiz attempts on the same unit, your account will be disqualified, and you will be required to start a new course from the beginning. Should this occur, your new course will be free.

Course Completion Reporting: One of the benefits of taking our course online is that your completion is automatically reported to the New York DMV system after you successfully pass so that you can take your behind the wheel driving test. There is no paper completion certificate to keep track of. Your course completion is good for one year. IMPORTANT: It can take 24-48 hours for your completion to show up on your driving record.

Course Curriculum Details: The course will cover the following topics and more:

  • driving within the highway transportation system
  • driver habits and skills
  • feelings, attitudes, and risk-taking
  • alcohol, other drugs, and driving

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