How To Prepare For The New York 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

The New York 5 hour pre-licensing course is designed to give new drivers the information needed in order to operate a motor vehicle and drive safely and responsibly. 

The course is divided into various modules covering an array of topics, topics such as:

  • Safe driving habits
  • Defensive driving skills
  • Driving within the New York highway system
  • New York state laws
  • Habits while driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Road rage and aggressive driving
  • Driver safety
  • Accident and Collisions
  • Driving while tired or fatigued
  • Seat belt safety
  • Navigating school zones
  • Driving under the influence (D.U.I)
  • Sharing the road with emergency vehicles
  • Sharing the road with large vehicles and motorcycles
  • Vehicle maintenance 
  • Traffic signals and road sign meanings


New York offers two ways for a new driver to take the course, online or in-person. In New York however, anyone under the age of 18 is unable to take the course online, they must register for an in-person class. For those who want to take the online course, they must be at least 18 years of age and hold a valid photo New York state learner’s permit. 

In order to prepare for the course, you will first need to decide which format you want to take the course in (if you are 18 or older). Taking an online course will offer you a bit more flexibility in regards to taking the course. You are able to take the course anywhere an internet connection is available, at your own pace and in your own space. 

Taking an in-person course means that you will have to schedule a day to attend the course. The course will be presented in a classroom type setting and take the full 5 hours. 

Before taking the course it’s helpful to brush up on a few driving basics such as the meaning of common road signs and traffic signals, and basic traffic laws and rules. This can be incredibly helpful when going over the course material throughout the actual course. 

Getting plenty of rest the night before you take the course is always a good idea. Waking up refreshed and energized is always helpful when learning new things! 

Throughout the course you will want to take notes, either on a notepad or computer. These notes will allow you to reference certain information as you complete the small quizzes throughout the course. If you are taking the course in-person, never be afraid to ask a question or ask the instructor for clarification about a particular topic if needed. This might not only help you, but others in the class too! 

Good luck and safe driving!