What Is Covered In The New York 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course

New York’s 5 hour pre-licensing course must be taken prior to scheduling your official ‘on road’ driving test. The course is a mandatory step in getting a driver’s license in New York state. 

The course is designed to provide new drivers with the knowledge they need to drive safely and responsibly. 

Throughout the course you will learn about New York State traffic laws, defensive driving skills, safe driving behaviors, the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and common risks that new drivers may face. 

The course is divided into various sections, with each section pertaining to one specific topic. At the end of each section there is a quiz that will cover what was just learned during that section. 

There are many different 5 hour pre-licensing courses offered throughout New York, both in-person and online. It’s fairly common for every course to have some sort of quiz structure at the end of each section or module. On average, users will need to pass any quizzes within a course with at least an 80% success rate. 


How To Take The Course

If you choose to take an online course, you are able to take that course wherever an internet connection is available. You can take the course right from the comfort of your own home. You will also have the ability to start and stop the course at any time, this will allow you to learn at your own pace. 


For a full list of online courses that are approved by the NYSDMV, you can visit this website: https://dmv.ny.gov/driver-training/online-pre-licensing-course-providers.


Taking an in-person course is very different than taking the course online. You must physically go to a location and participate in the course in a classroom setting. 

In New York, new drivers who are under the age of 18 are not allowed to take the 5 hour pre-licensing course online, they must take the course in-person. To take the course online you must be at least 18 years old and have a valid photo learners permit. 


A Breakdown Of What Topics Are Covered

We briefly touched upon some of the driving topics covered within the course above, here is a more complete list of what is discussed throughout the course. 

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


Learning the information in each one of these topics is essential when it comes to learning how to drive for the first time. Operating a motor vehicle is a very serious responsibility and understanding how to operate it and drive safely is of the utmost importance.