Who must take this course?
The Five Hour Pre-licensing MV-278 is required for any driver looking to obtain a New York State Driver's License regardless of applicant's age. Driver's Education Certificate MV-285 holders are exempt from taking this course.
what is this course about?
It is a DMV-approved, standardized classroom course that provides knowledge you will need as a new driver. The course covers many important topics, including
- driving within the highway transportation system
- driver habits and skills
- feelings, attitudes and risk taking
- alcohol, other drugs and driving
is there a test at the end of this course?
No, there is no test but students must be present for the entire length of the course to receive a completion certificate MV-278
for how long is MY FIVE HOUR PRE-LICENSING certificate valid?
Your Pre-licensing Course Certificate MV-278 is valid for one year from the date it is issued. A Driver Education Certificate MV-285 is valid for two years. If your Pre-licensing Course Certificate expires, you must complete the course again to receive the certificate required to schedule a road test. Your certificate must be valid on the date that you make your Road Test appointment, but can be expired on the date you take your road test.
what is the difference between mv-278 and mv-285?
MV-278 (certificate of completion) is granted to everyone who completes a Five Hour Pre-licensing Course. This certificate of completion is valid for one year from the date of issuance. MV-285 (certificate of completion) is granted to 16 and 17 years of age student drivers when the successfully complete a drivers education course in their high school or college. This certificate of completion is valid for two years from the date of issuance.
WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE THIS COURSE?
The goal of the Department of Motor Vehicles Five Hour Pre-licensing MV-278 Course is to prevent motor vehicle crashes, save lives, and reduce the severity of injuries suffered in crashes.
when do i get my certificate of completion mv-278?
At the New York Auto School you will receive your student's certificate of completion MV-278 immediately after the class.
is defensive driving the same as the five hour course?
No, Defensive Driving also known as the Point and Insurance Reduction Program (PIRP) is a six hour course designed to help lower auto insurance premiums and points from the DMV driving record. A Defensive Driving course is not accepted to take a road test and a Five Hour Course certificate is not accepted for insurance or point reduction.