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5 Hour Pre-Licensing course

Six reasons why you should take this course

This course approved by the state of NY DMV

100% Online Training - Learn at Your Own Pace

Never a Hidden Fee in our Online Course

Full Narrated with interactive Quizzes

Guarantee to pass with NO final exam

Free course completion reporting to DMV

Why the Online 5 Hour Class is Necessary?

  • The 5 Hour Pre Licensing course is a mandatory prerequisite course to passing the road test. Required by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), if you want to take the road test, you will need to complete this course immediately prior.
  • If you want to obtain a New York driver's license, you must complete the 5-hour prelicense course. The rules regarding participation in this course are very strict, even if you have a driver's license from a foreign country or another state.
  • The 5 hour class is for adults who are 18 years of age or older and have a New York learner's permit. If you are under 18 but over 16 you are still able to take the 5 hour class, but you will need to have held onto your NY learner's permit for at least6 months before taking the road test.
  • The 5 hour class focuses on teaching road safety and awareness to help new drivers gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be driver on the road.

Course Details

The New York Online Pre-Licensing Course is designed to help you maintain safety while driving and teaches the essentials of driving along with the dangers of distracted or impaired driving. This course is sure to help keep you safe while on the road.

About Online Pre-Licensing Course

The Pre-Licensing Course is created by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) specifically to help drivers become educated on driving entities and laws accompanied by clear instruction.

The 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course covers the following topics:

  • The effects of alcohol and drugs on driving
  • Practices for staying safe while driving
  • Driving on the interstate system
  • Hostile driving and temper outbursts behind the wheel
  • Ways to be a proactive driver and remain vigilant at all times
  • How personal outlooks can influence one's ability to drive safely
  • When it is reasonable to assume risks while driving, and when it is not
  • Establishing correct habits while operating a vehicle
  • Understanding all road signs and markings meaningfully
  • Instructions required for scheduling, participating in, and succeeding in the NY state road test exam

The Online 5-Hour Driving Course Requirements

What your need to start learning course:

  • New York Learners Permit (we will give you instructions where to send your Learners Permit info at the start of the class)
  • $50.00
  • You must have a valid New York photo Learners Permit to take the class
  • Be 18 years of age and above
  • Have your current photo learners permit in soft copy
  • Have a valid email for receiving login details and invitation
  • Fill your number of learning permit
  • Make sure the environment you plan to use for lessons is serene and with no distractions

Learning Permit Example:

Getting the 5-Hour Pre-Licensing Course Certification

Completing the five-hour course for your MV-278 certificate is a must when getting an appointment for the road test. You'll have thirty days to complete this once you've registered, and it will remain valid for one year - so don't forget its expiration date! The DMV requires that all certificates be up to date before taking the driver's license examination.

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5-Hour Pre-licensing Course Online — DMV Approved!

Online learning has become increasingly popular during the pandemic. This allows students to attend courses from home with added convenience and safety benefits - taking education out of the four walls of a classroom into your own living room!

Automatically sent information to the NYSDMV

Upon successful completion of the course, a student’s completion information will be automatically sent to the NYSDMV. To get your first driver license, simply schedule an appointment for your road test and pass your behind-the-wheel assessment.

Where is the 5 Hour Class Offered?

The pandemic has made traditional in-person driver's ed classes difficult to conduct safely. This course is 100% online with no in-person requirements and meets the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYSDMV) requirements for pre-licensing. Successful completion of this course will be reported electronically to the NYS DMV within 48 hours of completion.

How does the course work?

The course has 6 units and the total instruction time is 270 minutes (4.5 hours). At the end of each unit, you will be required to pass a short multiple-choice quiz.

You must get at least a 70% score to pass a unit quiz. You will be given 3 attempts to achieve a passing score and move on with the course.

If you fail, re-registration is free. You will also be required to validate your identity throughout the course.

The NY DMV requires that you verify your identity at multiple touchpoints throughout the course. You will be prompted to answer a security question and complete a simple and easy typing verification process.

The process is straightforward:

  1. You will type in your name and email address on the device you use (twice), and our system will analyze it and store a base typing pattern unique to you.
  2. This typing pattern will be used to verify your identity throughout the course. You'll be requested to type in your name and email address again to verify your identity.
  3. Should you fail this verification, you will be offered two more attempts to pass the typing verification.
  4. If you do fail the third attempt, DMV regulations mandate that you be excluded from the course. Don’t worry, we’ll allow you to retake the course at no extra cost.
  5. After successfully passing the typing verification, you will continue to the next chapter.
  6. Typing Verification is prompted in all remaining chapters.

Successfull Course Completion

Your completion is automatically sent to the New York DMV. There is no completion certificate. Once your completion is successfully reported, you can schedule your behind the wheel road driving test.

Usually, within 48 hours of passing the course, completion information will be electronically reported to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.

The course must be completed within 30 days from the date the person completes registration.

if it’s not completed within 30 days students will be required to start the course over and may be required to pay again.

Why you should take 5 Hour Pre-licensing Course here


1. Straightforward Education

The course features engaging animations and a self-paced format to keep students motivated.


2. Affordable Courses

Our NY state-approved 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course course comes at a low price. We don’t have any hidden costs either.


3. High Success Rates

Have peace of mind knowing that this 5-hour online course is approved by the NY DMV.


4. Excellent Customer Support

Our Helpful Customer Support Team Is Available 7 Days a Week - We're Here If You Need Us!


5. Training at a convenient time for you

You can log out and back into Online Pre-Licensing Course as often as you like! The information will pick up where you left off. You have 30 days from the date of registration to complete the course.


6. 100% Money-Back Guarantee

Our 30-day, money-back guarantee will provide a full refund if you decide to cancel the course before starting the course.

Customer Reviews

Kaden Lee

I failed my driving test three years ago. I was predictably stressed about trying again. But I needed a license badly, so I was looking for courses or an instructor who could deal with desperate individuals like me. And voila! Everything went fine! I honed my driving skills and brushed up the theoretical information. I successfully passed my test and I can't even understand now why I failed it before.

Beryl Galbraith

After my friend got her driving license, she was over the moon. She said she wouldn't mind spending a few more months studying. I got curious and decided to follow her example. I asked whether I could have classes with her instructor but he went away on a vacation. The name of my instructor was Alex. He was optimistic, reassuring and polite. I passed my test on the first attempt.

Kathleen Arnold

I can't stop praising the professionalism of managers. They were incredibly attentive to every detail. They always remembered my name and our history of interactions. I had to reschedule things a few times because of my hectic work. I relocated from abroad and I had so many questions. The quality of service was simply brilliant! The managers always stayed calm, friendly and welcoming. They made me feel much more confident.

Jane Faber

I tried to get a driving license three times in the past. Every time, I would fail to complete my studies because I was not motivated enough. Probably, I was too young and lazy. On the fourth attempt, I finally succeeded! The instructors did a fantastic job. I was looking forward to seeing them again every time. They not only explained things to me but also inspired me. Sincerely recommended!

Nelly Goldman

When I tried to drive a car for the first time, it was a nightmare! I couldn't handle it! I told my instructor that I should probably quit because I'm hopeless. He smiled and said that he had heard these words so many times… It took me two weeks to get used to the process and I burst out with tears of joy! I'm so proud to have a license!

Dominique Gonzalez

The process of studying was very interesting! Some of my friends who got their licenses earlier than me complained about getting bored while memorizing the theory. I prepared myself for a similar experience — but actually, I had fun! The information was very well-structured. I understood everything on the go and had to ask questions only a couple of times. Thank you so much for the amazing classes and wonderful teachers!

Frequently asked Questions

  • What is the 5 hour class?

    The DMV-approved Pre-Licensing Course provides drivers with the essential knowledge to operate safely and responsibly on public roads. Key topics covered in this course include driving within a highway transportation system, developing an awareness of risk taking habits behind the wheel, information about substances like alcohol that can impair your ability to drive properly, plus much more. To reinforce what you have learned from instruction materials such as MV-277.1's 'Pre Licensing Student Manual', participants who successfully complete the class will receive either a Certificate of Completion (MV 278) or for those completing high school/college driver education courses -the Student Certificate Of Completion (MV 285).

  • What are the 5 hour class requirements?

    To take the mv-278 5 Hour Pre-Licensing course online, you must be at least 16 years old and possess either a New York Photo Learners Permit or valid interim permit with appropriate government identification.

  • Can I take the 5 hour course online?

    Free Car LLC is proud to offer a fun and interactive class available online. All you need for the course, via Zoom video conferencing app, is an internet-enabled device such as computer, tablet or smartphone – no account creation required! After signing up we will send you a link that can be accessed at your designated time for live viewing of our instructor's lectures. So come join us to learn in comfort from anywhere with just one click!

  • When can I take the online 5 hour class?

    Here is the schedule to the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course: Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm, Friday – Sunday: 10:30am

  • How much does it cost to take the 5 Hour Class online?

    Unlock the keys to driving success with our 5 hour class, now available online for only $50! Plus - you can get even more savings if you take additional lessons. No matter how you choose to pay – whether it be by credit card, PayPal or over the phone–we make booking a breeze so that all drivers have access to this essential education in an affordable way . Once payment is confirmed, we'll send out all of your information so that hopping into class is just one click away!

  • What are the technical requirements for the online 5 Hour Driving class?

    To ensure a successful 5 Hour Driving Class, please make sure your device configuration meets the following requirements. You'll need access to either a smartphone, tablet or personal computer with dependable internet connection and audio capabilities for Zoom-based sessions; you can download it here: Additionally, since participation is mandatory throughout the class duration (camera on!), having an operational camera linked up ensures everyone is able to get involved in discussions and activities!

  • What are the Online 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course guidelines?

    For a successful online course experience, please find an environment that is free of distractions and keep your device fully charged. During the session, ensure you maintain video enabled so as not to miss out on any critical content. To prevent disrupting other participants' concentration we kindly ask you turn off your mic unless actively participating in discussion or activities; however restroom breaks are allowed without prior notice throughout the five-hour duration. Lastly when prompted via text message during class time, make sure to send along a picture of your Learners Permit for verification purposes as this will be needed for generating our 5 Hour Course Certificate at completion!

  • Why do people take the course online?

    With the Covid-19 pandemic impacting everyday life, taking a pre-licensing class online offers numerous advantages. Not only is it a safe and secure option for those who cannot access physical driving schools or wish to avoid social interaction outside of their homes, but its convenient nature also provides flexibility when planning out your lessons. This means that traffic delays are no longer an issue — you can work around them with ease! Taking classes this way has become an increasingly popular choice in New York City as students recognize how much time they could save by learning remotely instead of commuting back and forth all week long.

  • How long is the 5-hour course certificate MV-278 valid?

    With the 5-hour course certificate valid for a full 12 months, you have 1 year to take your road test and secure certification. Don't let that window of opportunity close - if it expires before taking the exam, don’t worry! You can simply enroll in fresh lessons and try again.

  • When Should I Take The 5 Hour Course Online NY After Registering For It?

    This DMV-mandated law sets the standard for safety on our roads, requiring driving school students to complete a 5 hour online pre-licensing course within 30 days of registration. Completion is key in safeguarding not only individuals but also entire communities from possible accidents and wrongdoings behind the wheel.

  • What is New York 5-Hour Online Pre-Licensing course?

    Prepare to hit the open road with confidence! Our 100% online, 5-hour pre-licensing course is designed for new drivers in New York; helpfully imparting essential knowledge of Vehicle and Traffic Law so you can drive safely. Completion of this class provides a necessary prerequisite for taking your road test and obtaining that coveted NY driver's license – it’s time to get behind the wheel!

  • Do I Need a Learner Permit Photo for the Pre-Licensing Course?

    To become a licensed driver in NYC, you must first pass the written learner permit exam at your local DMV office. Upon successful completion of this test, you will be issued an interim learner permit that does not include a photo. However to advance within the licensing process, it is necessary for New Yorkers to secure an authentic Learners' Permit with their photograph on it - which can only be acquired no more than two weeks after passing said examination.

  • Who is Eligible for the 5- Hour Course Online?

    For new drivers in New York looking to get their license, the NYS MDV offers a comprehensive 5-hour course. The student will need to have obtained a photo permit from them first before taking the class and having their picture taken for their driver's license afterward. Unfortunately, those seeking out junior bike or car licenses are not eligible for an online pre-licensing course — requiring the traditional classroom setting.

  • Is the New York Pre- Licensing Course Available in Spanish?

    The New York DMV is dedicated to helping you get your driver's license! With their 5-hour Spanish Pre-Licensing Course, now available online via Zoom, the pathway to the open road has never been easier.

  • Can I Have My 5 Hour Course Online?

    The 5-hour driving class is completely available online - making sure it's convenient for you. Ensure the environment around you is quiet and that your internet connection, camera, and microphone are all functioning properly prior to the start of class. We will send out a link within one or two hours so be ready when it arrives!

  • Is the 5-hour Class the Same as Defensive Driving?

    Obtaining a driver license in New York requires you to take the 5-hour pre-licensing class, now offered online. The state curriculum is strictly followed here for successful completion. For those with driving experience, there's also Defensive Driving available on Zoom that can help keep drivers vigilant and secure behind the wheel - plus it comes with insurance savings once completed! All course material follows what DMV approves of so everyone benefits from this program in one way or another.

  • Can I Take the Nys 5-Hour Course Online?

    If you are 18 or older, possess a NYS Learner Permit, and can access the internet from any device - then great news! You’re eligible to take our 5-hour online course.

  • Is a 5-Hour Pre-licensing Course Online Free?

    Attendees must be 18 years or older and possess an NYS permit in addition to the $50 enrollment fee for our pre-licensing course. Join us today on your journey towards becoming a certified professional!

  • Can I Take a 5-Hour Class in Person?

    Brooklyn Driving School quickly adapted to the pandemic by offering their traditional 5-hour training course as an interactive, online experience. Utilizing Zoom technology, New York residents now have access to a safe and user friendly driving study program in 2020.

  • Do I Need a 5-Hour Class on the Day of My Road Test?

    The 5 hour driving class provides a comprehensive understanding of the New York rules and regulations for safe operation on public streets. Students must supplement this education with practical lessons before taking the road test to receive their license.