Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) Driver's Education
What is required for a New York State Learner's Permit?
You must be older than 16 to apply for a Learner's Permit. You can visit your local DMV office and take a written test. Be sure to study the NYS driver's manual beforehand as you will need to answer at least 14 of the 20 questions correctly to pass. You will also need to pass a vision test there unless you bring a completed Eye Test Report with you. Also bring your social security card, proof of birth, payment for fees, and a completed application.
When can my student get a driver's license?
Once they've had a learner license for at least 6 months (only if under the age of 18) and have completed the pre-licensing or driver's education class (both classroom hours and behind-the-wheel hours), they may take the exam. Once they successfully complete the exam they will be issued their Driver's License.
Am I required to take a driver's education course to get my driver's license?
You can either take a driver's education course or a 5-hour Pre-licensing course. The Pre-licensing course is available through many high schools, colleges, and driving schools. You can learn more about the curriculum here. You must bring the certificate of completion to your road test. Drivers over 18 to not have to turn in the 50-hour supervised driving sheet, though that amount of practice is recommended for drivers of all ages.
Can I take a driver's education course online?
There are online schools for driver's education courses. However, while you may take these for your own personal benefit, they will not count towards the road test requirement. The driver's education course must be 24 hours behind-the-wheel and 24 hours in the classroom. The Pre-licensing course is shorter (only 5 hours) and is offered at many driving schools and colleges. Though the Pre-licensing course is much shorter, the driver's education course does give drivers a wider range of knowledge. Both courses cover good driving habits, safety, road rules, etc.