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Are you preparing to get your driver’s license for the first time? If you currently hold a New York learner’s permit, are at least 18 years old, and have access to an internet-enabled device, you can take advantage of the online New York pre-licensing course.

What Is the New York 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course?

The New York 5-hour pre-licensing course is a DMV-approved, standardized course designed to provide future drivers with the knowledge they’ll need to be competent drivers. The course covers many essential topics like:

  • State traffic laws and basic rules of the road
  • Defensive driving skills
  • Essential driver habits and safety skills
  • Feelings, attitudes, and risk-taking behind the wheel
  • How alcohol and drug affect your driving ability

Who Should Take the New York Pre-Licensing Course

As mentioned earlier, to enroll in the New York pre-licensing course, you must be at least 18 years old and have a current NY learner’s permit, and also have an internet-enabled device such as a PC, laptop, tablet, or smartphone.

The New York pre-licensing course is mandatory to schedule your road test appointment unless you have already completed driver’s education and have an MV-285.

Can I Take the New York Pre-Licensing Course Online?

Yes!  Assuming you meet the requirements mentioned above, you can now take a New York pre-licensing course online. All in all, it only takes five hours to complete.

The course is available to you 24 hours a day 7 days a week, so you don’t have to be online at any particular day or time. You simply register and then access your course from any device that has internet access. You can log in and out as needed and the course saves your progress.  The DMV does require that you complete the course within 30 days after registering. While each course covers the same basic information, the delivery may be slightly different in terms of the amount of video, how they validate your identity during the course, or test your retention of the information with either final exams or quizzes.

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However, unlike the classroom course, you will not receive a certificate of completion. Instead, your completion of the course will be reported electronically to the DMV. They will then update your record. Once this is done, you can then go ahead and make an appointment, online or by phone, for the road test. Note:  It can take up to 48 hours for the completion to show up on your driving record and your completion is only good for one year.

Benefits of Completing the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course

The main benefit of completing the 5-hour pre-licensing test is that it enables you to take the road test, which is required to get your driver’s license. Other benefits of taking the 5-hour pre-licensing course online include:

  • It’s NYSDMV approved
  • It can be completed from a more comfortable location (anywhere with internet)
  • There’s no final exam
  • There is automatic completion reporting to NYSDMV

If you are ready to get your driver’s license and want to take advantage of the New York 5-hour pre-licensing course online,  you can register with an approved provider when ready.