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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

Online metting is held every day           

You can ask questions with a live instructor.

Live and interactive course on Zoom

No quizzes required at any point in the course!

You can get a certificate the next day by courier delivery

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

Schedule 5 hour Pre-licensing Class

Classes are held according to this schedule every week. Attention the number of seats in the group is limited. Please sign up in advance.

Upcoming dates Places Action
Thu, Sep 28, 2023 03PM - 10PM 3 places
Fri, Sep 29, 2023 03PM - 10PM 3 places
Sat, Sep 30, 2023 03PM - 10PM 4 places
Sun, Oct 1, 2023 11AM - 06PM 2 places
Mon, Oct 2, 2023 05PM - 10PM 2 places
Tue, Oct 3, 2023 03PM - 10PM 3 places
Wed, Oct 4, 2023 05PM - 10PM 2 places

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 access to a tablet, computer/laptop, or smartphone with a functioning camera and microphone and a stable internet connection
  • Have your current photo learners permit in soft copy
  • Schedule and reserve your learning spot ahead of time
  • Pay for the online class
  • Have a valid email for receiving login details and invitation
  • Email the permit copy after receiving the invitation
  • Be ready to complete your scheduled 5 hour of the class to the end on the very same day
  • 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 online Zoom 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 Class Online Via Zoom — 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!

Why the Zoom 5 Hour Course?

After the New York Governor made it possible in late July 2020, drivers can now complete their 5-hour course online. This convenient and informative class serves to teach new NY drivers valuable principles of safe driving as well as proper traffic rules - all leading towards a decline in violations on roads across the state!

Where is the 5 Hour Class Offered?

The pandemic has made traditional in-person driver's ed classes difficult to conduct safely. Fortunately, with the introduction of Zoom and other virtual meeting software, we're now able to offer our 5 hour Pre-licensing Course online - allowing drivers aged 18+ statewide easy access to this necessary step towards obtaining their license! Classes are simple enough for anyone comfortable using video chat services like Zoom; all you need is a link or ID code sent by your instructor ahead of time, so learning can be done from the comfort and safety of home.

Before the 5 hour class Zoom, each student will have pre-registered and availed his/her Learner’s Permit to enable the school to identify him/her.

This helps the school to determine if you are really eligible for the course. The school will also record your information as presented on your Learner’s Permit.

  • When enrolling for the course, each student should thoroughly understand the course participation technology requirements from start to finish. This will enable the students to decide if they are willing to take the course online or not.
  • You need to complete the Zoom 5-hour course before receiving the completion certificate (MV-278 certificate). In other words, each student MUST stay for the entire Zoom meeting session to qualify for the certificate.
  • Having a strong, dependable connection is essential to ensure your meeting runs as planned.

After mailing you the certificate, we begin your exciting journey to becoming a licensed driver. Submit it promptly to New York State DMV so they can update your record and set up an appointment for road testing - one step closer to reaching that milestone!

5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course: Preparation, Completion and What Comes After

So How is a Zoom Meeting Set Up?

To set up a Zoom meeting, you should follow this procedure:

  • To get started, simply download the Zoom app from your device's App Store - it couldn't be easier!
  • Follow the steps to provide your personal information and complete the registration process.
  • To ensure accuracy and clarity, please sign up for Zoom with your given name. That's right - the same one on your Learner's Permit photo ID!
  • On the day of your Zoom meeting, school leadership will equip you with all necessary details to access it. Simply follow the link and join in for an engaging virtual discussion!
  • To ensure a successful learning experience, create an environment that is free from distractions. This means ensuring you're in a space where there's minimal noise and no unanticipated movements behind you - as anything out of the ordinary can be disruptive to other learners at meeting with you.
  • In order to prevent any disruptive technological issues during your work session, be sure you're sitting near a power source and keep the charger within reach.
  • In order for your learning experience to be seamless, a dependable and powerful Internet connection is essential - staying connected throughout the class session is key.
  • To ensure a successful meeting, log in 10 minutes prior and be prepared for the host's admission. Allow yourself enough time to settle and prepare!
  • As you join the meeting, make sure to disable your camera and microphone until you are settled in. Once ready, feel free to switch on the camera; it should stay open throughout this session. However, only activate your mic while speaking - otherwise having a miked silence might be distracting for others!

Successfull Class Completion

Once you've mastered the pre-licensing course, you'll be armed with an MV-278 pre-licensing certificate. After successfully completing a driver education course through either your high school or college, you will be rewarded with an MV-285 (Student Certificate of Completion).

Once you're ready to take your road test, don't forget to bring along the original certificate! Having one of these on-hand is a requirement before scheduling. Make sure it's accessible for when your license examiner needs it.

Keep in mind that once you receive your certificate it’s only valid for a year from the date it’s issued to you. If for some reason you let your certificate expire you have to complete the 5-hour pre-licensing class again. On the day you make the appointment the certificate has to be valid but on the day you take the road test it can be expired.

If you’re changing your license from one license class to a new one you don’t need to have a certificate if you already have a New York State driver’s license. In this case, all you need to do is apply to amend to a different license class.

How Do I Collect My Pre-Licensing Course Certificate?

Driving Schools issue the pre-licensing course certificate in three ways:

  • You can collect it from driving school offices
  • You can get a certificate the next day by courier delivery

6 Ways the 5 Hour Driving Class Make You a Good Driver

The essence of joining a driving school is to learn to drive safely. You can now learn to drive well without attending a driving school classroom, thanks to the online 5 hour driving class. We already discussed the requirements for a 5-hour driving class.


1. You Become an Expert in Highway Driving

Any driver worth the name should be able to safely drive along the highway, observing the traffic rules and other related regulations.


2. Your Driving Anxiety Will Vanish for Good

The 5 hour class online is for everyone. You’ll be taught by experienced instructors who will make you feel confident and safe again.


3. The 5 Hour Driving Class Prepares You to Deal With Road Rage like a Boss

In this class, you get to learn the confidence and calm you need to always pass through the storm that defines some of the roads, especially here in New York.


4. Driving Safely Becomes Your New Forte

You will get to appreciate why you should always put your and other road users’ safety ahead of your desire to get to your destination ahead of time.


5. You Avoid Getting In Trouble with Traffic Officers

Each time the police stop you due to unsafe driving, it is at the expense of your time and, well, your money if you lose the argument.


6. The 5 Hour Driving Course is a Step Closer to the Road Test

Passing your road test starts in the driving class, not on the road. The quality of the instructions you receive dramatically determines how you will perform.

Customer Reviews

Samand Adamson

I'm particularly grateful for the fact that now, I'm not afraid of driving in the streets. Previously, I used to have some kind of a phobia. I'm a good driver and I've never had accidents. But I felt too stressed in any urban area. It was much more comfortable for me to drive in the countryside. Thanks to Josh, I overcame my fears. I can cope even with traffic jams.

Madeline Mitchell

I'm 56 years old and I can't even drive a car. When my grandkids were born, I realized I wanted to drive them to school and everywhere. I'm so happy to have a license now! Thank you so much for being so tolerant with me and explaining everything so comprehensively! I enjoyed every minute of studying the theory and practicing. I promise to be a very careful and considerate driver.

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.

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!

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.

Francis Hardman

Thank you for your assistance! I needed help with my DMV road test appointment. I was already running a bit late with my plans and I had to act as quickly as possible. I passed my test right on time. The managers were highly helpful and understanding. I would definitely recommend them to my friends, colleagues, acquaintances and everyone else. It was a great way of saving funds and nerves.

Frequently asked Questions

  • What is the 5 hour class?

    The Pre-Licensing Course, sanctioned by the DMV, arms drivers with the crucial knowledge required for responsible and safe operation of vehicles on public thoroughfares. The course syllabus extensively covers areas such as navigation within a highway transport system, cultivation of consciousness about risky habits while driving, and details about substances like alcohol that could hinder your driving skills, among other things. To solidify the knowledge gained from educational resources like the 'Pre Licensing Student Manual' MV-277.1, attendees who successfully clear the course will be granted a Certificate of Completion (MV 278), or, for those who conclude their high school or college driver education courses, the Student Certificate Of Completion (MV 285). What do the requisites for the 5 hour class entail?

  • What are the 5 hour class requirements?

    In order to participate in the online MV-278 5 Hour Pre-Licensing course, you must meet the age requirement of at least 16 years and hold a valid New York Photo Learners Permit or an interim permit, accompanied by suitable government-issued identification.

  • Can I take the 5 hour course online?

    Free Car LLC is delighted to present an engaging and interactive online class. The course can be accessed through the Zoom video conferencing platform on any device with internet connectivity - be it a computer, tablet, or smartphone, with no need for setting up an account! Upon registration, we will provide a link that can be utilized at your preferred time to live stream our instructor's informative sessions. Hence, we invite you to take advantage of the convenience of learning from any location with a simple click!

  • When can I take the online 5 hour class?

    Here's the timetable for the 5 Hour Pre-Licensing Course: From Tuesday through Thursday, the course starts at 5:30 pm, while on Fridays through Sundays, it commences at 10:30 am.

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

    Secure your path to successful driving with our 5-hour class, now accessible online for a mere $50! Further, you stand to benefit from substantial savings if you opt for extra lessons. Regardless of your payment method - be it via credit card, PayPal, or telephone transaction, we ensure a seamless booking experience, providing all drivers with cost-effective access to this vital education. As soon as your payment is verified, we'll dispatch all the necessary information, making your entry into the class just a single click away!

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

    For a smooth and successful 5 Hour Driving Class experience, kindly ensure your device meets the following specifications. You will require a reliable internet-connected smartphone, tablet, or personal computer with audio functionality for the Zoom sessions; the application can be downloaded here: Furthermore, given that active participation (with camera on!) is a requirement for the entirety of the class, a functioning camera ensures everyone's engagement in discussions and activities is seamless!

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

    To maximize the effectiveness of your online course experience, please choose a setting free from interruptions and keep your device sufficiently charged. During the lesson, make sure your video remains on so you don't miss any crucial content. To minimize distraction for other attendees, we kindly request you mute your microphone unless you're actively engaged in a discussion or activity; rest assured, you're permitted to take restroom breaks without prior notification throughout the five-hour course. Lastly, when you receive a text message during the class, please respond with a picture of your Learners Permit for verification - this will be necessary for us to issue your 5 Hour Course Certificate upon 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.