5 Hour Class

By Simon


There are many questions that people may have regarding the 5 Hour Course in New York. Here, we will try to answer some of the most common questions. 


"What is the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing class?"

The Pre-Licensing Course, or better known as “the 5-hour class,” is designed specifically by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles to teach future drivers how to safely drive on the road. 


Is the 5 Hour Class mandatory?

It is a mandatory course for New York State Permit Holders ages 16 and up. You are not able to schedule or take your road test if you have not completed the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course and received a Completion Certificate. The only exemption to this requirement is if you have completed Drivers Education and have an MV-285.


How can I take the 5 Hour Course?

The 5 Hour Pre-licensing Class is a DMV approved and mandated classroom course that provides useful knowledge for beginner drivers.  It is designed to educate new drivers by promoting safe, courteous, defensive, and drug and alcohol-free driving. The 5 Hour class is usually the first formal training a new driver gets when doing their driver training. The 5 Hour class is not intended to teach you how to drive or offer advice on passing the road test. 


The class covers a variety of topics:

  • driving within the highway transportation system
  • driver habits and skills
  • feelings, attitudes and risk taking
  • alcohol, other drugs and driving


The 5 hour pre-licensing class is required to schedule and take your road test. When you successfully complete the course, you will be given a Pre-licensing course certificate (MV-278). Note that if you have completed a high school or college driver education course, you will receive a Driver Education Certificate (MV-285), and you do not need a Pre-licensing Course Certificate.   You must have a New York State Learners Permit in order to take the 5 Hour Course. If you do not have a learners permit, you can see more information about getting your learners permit here.


Drive Rite Academy in Brooklyn, NY conveniently offers the 5 hour class during the weekend and evening hours. Click here to see available times and to reserve a slot online. 


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