Become a Classroom Pre-licensing Course provider

How do I get approval to provide the Classroom Pre-licensing Course?

The Classroom Pre-licensing Course can be taught by commercial driving schools or high schools, colleges or BOCES.  All providers must be approved by DMV. 

If you are a commercial driving school or plan to open a commercial driving school

Commercial driving schools must be approved to teach the Classroom Pre-licensing Course by DMV’s Bureau of Driver Training Programs (DTP).  DTP also maintains the course curriculum and related forms. 

To be approved, the driving school must

  • be licensed as a driving school by DMV (see also Open a Driving School)
  • have a certified instructor with a classroom endorsement (see also Become a Driving School Instructor)
  • have a classroom that meets DMV requirements [see also Request for Premises Check (MV-279)]
    • the classroom must be at least 150 square feet, and free from audible and visual distractions
    • the classroom must be clean, comfortable, and easily accessible to students with disabilities
    • adequate seating for each student adequate heating, ventilation, and lighting rest room facilities easily accessible to all students
    • appropriate chalkboard, flipcharts, and audio/visual equipment

The certified instructor must

  • be employed by a licensed driving school
  • have at least one year experience as a behind-the-wheel instructor
  • have successfully completed both the 30-hour Basic Course (a.k.a. the Methods and Content for In-car Instruction or MCCII) and the Teaching Techniques and Methodology Course

For additional information, contact DTP at:

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Bureau of Driver Training Programs
6 Empire State Plaza, Room 327
Albany, NY 12228
(518) 473-7174


If you represent a high school, college or BOCES

To be approved to teach the Classroom Pre-licensing Course, a high school, college or BOCES must have a State Education Department certified Driver Education Instructor who has a valid Driver Education Instructor Certificate (MV-283).

To request approval, you must submit an Authorization and Approval for Pre-Licensing Course for Secondary Schools and Colleges form (MV-278.7) to the Utica Processing Center at:

New York State Department of Motor Vehicles
Utica Processing Center
P.O. Box 359
Utica, NY 13503

Phone:  (315) 793-2615 

Fax:  (315) 793-2613