Next Steps After NY 5-Hour Course Completion

The New York 5 hour pre-licensing course is one of the last steps in becoming a licensed driver in New York state. This course is mandatory for all new drivers to take. The course covers driver safety topics and provides new drivers with the skills and knowledge needed to remain safe on the road while driving. 

The course takes 5 hours to complete and upon completion of the course you will receive a certification of completion. This certificate is forwarded on to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles. Once the DMV acknowledges that you have completed the course, you are ready to schedule your official road test. 


How To Apply and Schedule Your New York Road Test

If you hold a junior learner permit you must wait at least six months to schedule your road test and have a minimum of 50 hours of supervised practice driving time. This must include at least 15 hours of drive time after sunset. 


To schedule your official road road exam in New York you will need the following:

  1. The original/unexpired pre-licensing course completion certificate. This is also known as (MV-278) or a Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285).


  1. The DMV ID number off of your learner permit.


  1. The zip code of the road test location where you would like to take the test. 


Once this information is submitted, you will receive a date and location to take the road test. 



When you obtained your learner permit you paid an application fee. That application fee includes two road tests. 

If you take both road tests and do not pass either one, you must purchase two more road tests before you can schedule another road test. It will cost $10.00 to purchase two more road tests. 

When you have all of the necessary documents and an unused road test on your learner permit, you can schedule your road test online or over the phone. 


The website to schedule your road test is:


If you prefer to schedule over the phone, you can do so by calling 1-518-402-2100.