Requirements and forms for pre-licensing course providers

What is the Pre-licensing Course? 

The Pre-licensing Course, also known as “the 5-hour course,” is a DMV-designed classroom course that provides new drivers with information to help them drive safely.  New drivers must complete this course (or a New York State approved Driver Education Course) before they can schedule their driving test for their driver license.  For many students, the course is the only formal opportunity to learn the basic rules of the road, safe driving principles, defensive driving skills, and other factors which affect driving.

The course is offered at high schools, colleges and commercial driving schools, and at a few other DMV-approved sites, such as BOCES.  To teach for a high school or college (a NY State Education Department approved institution), you must be a certified driver education teacher. To teach for a driving school, you must be a certified driving school instructor with a classroom endorsement.  Only approved classroom instructors may teach the Pre-licensing Course.  Instructors must follow the DMV’s course curriculum and provide instruction only at approved locations. 

The course outline can be found in the Pre-licensing Course Instructor's Manual (MV-277). 

What are the requirements for Pre-licensing Course Providers?

All commercial driving schools and other organizations that provide the Pre-licensing Course must comply with Part 7 of DMV Commissioner's Regulations