New York 5-hour Pre-Licensing Course - Frequently Asked Questions
Who has to take a pre-licensing course in New York?
Anyone who has not yet been issued a drivers license (in any state) will need to take the pre-licensing course before the road test, even if they are older than 18 years old. If you are a minor you’ll have to wait six months after receiving a learners permit before you can attempt the road test.
Can the New York pre-licensing course be taken online?
New York just launched the Pre-Licensing Course Internet Pilot Program, which makes online courses available to new drivers over the age of 18.
How long is the New York pre-licensing course for adults?
The state standardized course is five hours long. With I Drive Safely you have the freedom to complete the course in a single day or over the course of weeks.
Is the I Drive Safely Course Approved by the New York State DMV?
Yes! Our course meets all of the requirements set by the NY State DMV and covers what you need to know to get a license in New York. You can find a list of approved providers on the New York State DMV website.
Is the Pre-Licensing Course the same as a New York Defensive Driving Course?
Nope. The Pre-licensing Course is a requirement to go from a learners permit to a drivers license. It contains standardized information that will apply during the road test. The New York Defensive Driving Course is a safety course that can be taken by licensed drivers to keep points off their license if they receive a moving violation. Defensive driving can also be taken to receive a discount on auto insurance. However, you can’t substitute a defensive driving course for drivers education.
What is taught in the New York Pre-Licensing Course?
The course is standardized by the New York DMV. The curriculum is designed to teach new drivers all of the essentials for following the rules of the road safely. You’ll learn about highway driving, good driver habits, basic road maneuvers, road signs, the risks involved with driving and New York traffic laws.
It’s the information and skills you need to avoid accidents down the road.
Do adults have to take behind-the-wheel training?
Not if you are over 18 years old. Adults are only required to get a learners permit, take the pre-licensing course and pass the road test. But it’s highly advisable to get in some practice time behind the wheel before the road test.
Does the 5-hour pre-licensing course include a final test?
No, there is no final exam for NY DMV approved pre-licensing course.
What is a Pre-Licensing Course Certificate of Completion?
After completing the pre-licensing course, I Drive Safely will report your course completion to the state of NY DMV. You will get an email confirmation from I Drive Safely for your course completion.
How long will it take to get my Pre-Licensing Course Certificate of Completion?
We understand that you’re ready to take the road test, which is why we mail out certificates ASAP. Depending on when you complete the course, we may even be able to mail it out the same day. We ship certificates for free using standard mail that takes about 5-7 days. If you need your certificate sooner we can expedite it for an additional cost.
How long is the New York Pre-licensing Course Certificate of Completion valid?
The certificate of completion will be valid for a year after it is issued. You’ll need a valid certificate to schedule the road test for an operator drivers license.
How do I get a New York drivers license?
Once you have the certificate of completion, you can schedule the road test. *If you are under 18 years old you have to wait to take the road test at least six months after receiving your learners permit. Minors also need to complete 50 hours of supervised driving instruction with a licensed driver that’s 21 or older.
The road test must be passed before you can receive a drivers license in New York. Adults aren’t required to clock practice hours, but it’s a very good idea to get behind the wheel before the test. The $10 application fee covers the cost of two road tests, just in case you need another try.
Before the road test, make sure you know how to:
Steer in all directions
Stay within the speed limit
Put the vehicle in different gears
Keep a cushion between your vehicle and others
Read traffic signs, markings and signals
Signal where you plan to go
React quickly to avoid a collision
Park the vehicle
Once you pass the road test you’ll get a temporary interim license that should be used with your photo learners permit. In about two weeks your new drivers license will arrive in the mail.
Is the Pre-Licensing Course required to switch to a different type of New York drivers license?
No. You can switch from a standard operator license to another type of license as long as you have a valid drivers license.
Do I have to complete the pre-licensing drivers education course within a certain amount of time?
The New York State DMV gives you 30 days to complete the course once you register.
How do I get Allstate Roadside Assistance through I Drive Safely?
Our motto is “We Build Safer Drivers”, and we live by it. One way that we’re helping our students stay safe on the road is by offering one month of Allstate Roadside Assistance for free!
If you opted for the free Roadside Assistance when you signed up for the pre-licensing course then you’ll be automatically enrolled. After the free month period, you can continue receiving Roadside Assistance for just $5 a month.
What’s included with Allstate Roadside Assistance?
For less than $0.17 a day you can have peace of mind that if something happens on the road assistance is just a call away. With an Allstate Roadside Assistance plan you get:
24/7 roadside help anywhere in the U.S.
Towing to a nearby auto shop or your property
Fuel delivery if you run out of gas
Coverage for your entire family on one plan
If you have an issue on the road and need to use Roadside Assistance contact Allstate directly at 1-855-520-3691.
Can I cancel the Roadside Assistance?
Yes! You are free to cancel the Roadside Assistance at any time. You can do so by calling the dedicated I Drive Safely Roadside Assistance line at 888-292-0599. This plan can also be canceled by emailing us at email@example.com.