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No, only new New York drivers who are 18 or older can take the course online. If you are under 18, you will need to complete it in a classroom or take a drivers ed class in your school.
The New York Online 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course is a training course approved by the NY DMV that provides information to new drivers such as basic road rules, safe driving concepts, defensive driving skills, and other factors that affect driving to help drive them safely.
New drivers over 18 are required to complete this course (or Driver Education Courses that are approved by New York State Education Department if you are under 18) before they can schedule their driving test to receive their New York driver license.
You must already have a valid New York Learner’s permit before starting the course. To get your permit, you'll have to visit the DMV with the required documents and take the written test.
Yes. Our NY Pre-Licensing Course is approved by the state of New York and the NY DMV.
Currently, the state rules require that the courses be a minimum of 270 minutes (4.5 hours) of instruction time. The good news is you have 30 days to complete it and you can tackle it in stages. Our course is accessible 24/7 and allows you to log in and out as many times as you like.
Starting August 2020, New Yorkers who are 18 years or older will be able to complete the pre-licensing course 100% online.
New Yorkers 18+ years will be able to take this online course instead of going to an in-person, 5-Hour Pre-Licensing course.
You can log out and back into Online 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course as often as you like! The information will pick up where you left off.
Your Notification of Completion certificate will be made available immediately upon completion for download/printing.
Students will be able to schedule their road-test with their local DMV within 48 hours.
Chapter Quizzes: 3 multiple-choice questions, 2 correct to pass.
No final exam (Just 1 question).
How to Get a New York Driver’s License
Step 2: Gather what to bring to the DMVYou will need proof of age, identity and residence
When you apply at the DMV to take your permit test, you will need to provide proof of age, identification and residence. Your permit will be Standard, Enhanced, or REAL ID, depending on the proofs you bring and the fee.What is the difference between a Standard, Enhanced or Real ID?
See a side-by-side comparison to learn more and determine which ID is right for you.See what documents you need
Complete one of these guides to ensure you have the documents and proofs of identification you need BEFORE you go to the DMV.
You can also see a complete list: How to Apply for a New York Learner Permit/Driver License/Non-Driver ID Card (PDF) (ID-44).
If you use the "Statement of Identity and/or Residence by Parent/Guardian (PDF)" (MV-45), your parent or guardian must come with you.
Lastly, you will need to pass the New York state road test. Oh, but before you attempt to do that, those under 18 must have practiced driving with supervision for a minimum of 50 hours (at least 15 hours after sunset and 10 hours in moderate to heavy traffic).
Step 3: Go to the DMVAt the DMV, you will
- First, apply and pay for your permit – see the fee chart to estimate the cost
- Then, take the written test (if you fail, you can try again at no additional cost)
Office procedures have changed due to COVID-19.
We recommend you conduct your DMV business at the office or by mail in the County where you are a resident.If you pass your written test
- We will give you a temporary permit at the office
- You will receive your permit within 2 weeks by mail
Your permit will be valid for approximately 5 years (the exact expiration date depends on your date of birth and the date that you applied).
If you fail the written test, do not worry. You can try it again at no additional cost.
Once you pass the New York DMV road test you will receive an interim license which allows you to drive until you get the official photo one with your smiling face on it in the mail. You will be driving behind the wheel in no time!
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