The 5-hour course is designed for new drivers ages 18 and up who are preparing to take the road test for their first driver license. Before you schedule an appointment for your behind-the-wheel driving test, you must pass this course.

Before you start the online 5-hour course, you must have a valid New York learner permit that includes your photograph. The NYSDMV typically delivers photo learner permits by mail about two weeks after you pass the permit exam and receive your temporary learner permit.

Teens seeking a junior driver license (Class DJ) or junior motorcycle license (Class MJ) do not currently qualify for the NYSDMV’s Online Pre-Licensing Program. At this time, they’re required to complete the 5-hour course in the classroom.

The New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing Course introduces new drivers to traffic laws, safe driving techniques, common risks for inexperienced drivers and much more. The goal of the course is to prevent crashes and teach new drivers how to be safe and courteous behind the wheel.

Our NYSDMV-approved course contains nine learning modules, and there is no final exam. Each module ends with a brief quiz. You must score at least 70% on each quiz to pass the course. You have up to three attempts to pass each quiz.

The course includes a minimum of 270 minutes of learning, not including the quizzes. You must complete your training within 30 calendar days of registering for the course.

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This training provides a formal opportunity for new drivers to learn the rules of the road and effective techniques to become a safer and more responsible driver.

After you complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the responsibilities of licensed drivers
  • Understand the basic rules of the road
  • Describe effective techniques for avoiding crashes
  • Explain the importance of seatbelts and other occupant protection devices
  • Recognize the dangers of driving while fatigued or under the influence
  • Summarize highway safety concerns

Students will also learn about key sections of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law that all drivers must follow.

The New York 5-hour Pre-Licensing Course includes nine modules:

  1. Introduction to Safe Driving
  2. Driving Within the Highway Transportation System
  3. Rules of the Road
  4. Safe Driving Habits
  5. Safe Driving Skills
  6. Risks of Alcohol and Other Drugs
  7. New York State Laws
  8. Feelings, Attitudes and Taking Risks
  9. Aggressive Driving and Road Rage

The course ends with a review of each module’s main takeaways. Visit the course details page for a full breakdown of each module’s learning objectives.