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Driver’s Education in New York
Taking a NY driver’s education course will give you knowledge about the rules of the road and teach you how to become a safe driver.
If you just received your learner’s permit, you’re ready to attend a driver’s education course. New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Graduated Licensing Program requires the completion of a driver’s education course before applying for a junior driver’s license.
To apply for a NY driver’s license, each new driver must satisfy the driver’s education requirement before scheduling a road test. Before enrolling in driver’s education, you must:
- Obtain a NY learner’s permit.
- Be at least 16 years old.
You have the option of completing either driver’s education or a pre-licensing course to satisfy this requirement. See “About Driver’s Ed in NY” below.Pass a DMV Practice Test Online Today!
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The NY DMV will accept either a pre-licensing course or driver education course certificate of completion when applying for your New York driver’s license.
If you have lost or damaged your certificate of completion, you must contact the school directly as the NY DMV does NOT issue replacements.
Fees and schedules will vary depending on your chosen course provider. Contact them directly for specific information.
The New York pre-licensing course lasts 5 hours and offers training in all of the following subjects:
- The DMV point system.
- Rules of the road.
- Car-restraint systems and the laws of physics.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- The effects of attitude, emotions, and skills on driver safety.
- Drug and alcohol impairment.
Upon completion, you will be issued a Pre-Licensing Course Completion Certificate (Form MV-278), which is only valid for 1 year.
New York Driver’s Ed Courses
An approved driver’s education course through your high school or college consists of:
- 24 hours of classroom training.
- 24 hours of behind-the-wheel instruction:
- 6 hours of driving time.
- 18 hours of observation.
This full New York driver’s education course takes a little longer to complete compared to the pre-licensing course, but teen drivers will gain additional driving experience.
Upon completion, you will receive a Driver's Ed Course Completion Certificate (Form MV-285), which is valid for 2 years.
In New York, you can choose between a pre-licensing course, or a driver’s education course.
You can take a pre-licensing course at your high school, college, or at most driving schools in New York. Driver’s Ed can be taken at your high school or college.
You only need to complete one of the above options in order to apply for your NY driver’s license.
NOTE: The New York DMV currently does not accept online driver’s education courses.
After completing your driver’s education or pre-licensing course and holding your New York learner’s permit for 6 months (if you are under 18 years old), you may apply for your junior driver’s license. You will need:
- Proof you have completed the New York Driver’s Ed requirement.
- A Certification of Supervised Driving (Form MV-262) signed by your parent or guardian.
- You must accumulate 50 hours of supervised driving (15 hours at night, 10 hours in heavy traffic).
- Documents to prove your identity.
- A passing score on your DMV road test.
- Payment for the license fee.
NOTE: You must make your road test appointment before your pre-licensing certificate expires (within 1 year).
For more details about applying for your New York driver’s license, please visit our Applying for a New License (Teen Drivers) in New York page.Local Drivers Education
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