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The Pre-licensing Course, also known as “the 5-hour course,” is a DMV-designed classroom course that provides new drivers with information to help them drive safely. New drivers must complete this course (or a New York State approved Driver Education Course) before they can schedule their driving test for their driver license. For many students, the course is the only formal opportunity to learn the basic rules of the road, safe driving principles, defensive driving skills, and other factors which affect driving.
When you complete the course, you will receive a certificate MV-278 which you’ll need to schedule your road test appointment. The certificate is valid for one year.
Your permit must be valid for a minimum of six months in order to take the road test. When you pass the road test, you will be issued a Junior License (Class DJ or MJ). See the chart “Regional Restrictions for a Junior License.”
A DMV license examiner will conduct the road test. You must give the license examiner your photo learner permit, your 5-hour Pre-Licensing Course Completion Certificate (MV-278) or your Student Certificate of Completion (MV-285) and a completed Certification of Supervised Driving (MV-262). All junior drivers with permits are required to present a completed MV-262 at the time of the road test.
The Certification of Supervised Driving (MV-262) https://dmv.ny.gov/forms/mv262.pdf is available from the DMV website at dmv.ny.gov. With this statement your parent or guardian certifies that you completed at least 50 hours of practice driving, including at least 15 hours after sunset, with an appropriate supervising driver.
Part 1 of the printed (PDF) NY State Driver's Manual (MV-21) includes the chapters "Driver Licenses," "Keeping Your License" and "Owning a Vehicle." While Part 1 contains information every driver should know, this information is not covered on the permit written test and is not included in the online manual.