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    Take Driver Training in New York

    A) Take Driver Training

    If you do not take a high school or college drivers education course (and earn a MV-285 Driver Education Certificate), you can complete driver training instead. This pre-licensing course is about 5 hours and is offered as an adult education course through most commercial driving schools and other providers licensed by the NY DMV.

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    B) Get On the Road

    On top of completing driver training or drivers ed, you must also clock an additional 50 hours of supervised driving practice (including 15 hours driven at night). The state also requires at least 10 hours in moderate to heavy traffic.

    A New York learner's permit comes with a few restrictions. These apply to ALL permit holders every time you get behind the wheel, regardless of age. If you hold a learner permit, you may not drive:

    • Unless you are accompanied by a supervising driver age 21 years old or older who has a license valid to operate the vehicle you are driving
    • In a DMV road test area
    • On any street within New York City park, or any bridge or tunnel under the jurisdiction of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority
    • On the Cross County, Hutchinson River, Saw Mill River, or Taconic State parkways in Westchester County

    If you are younger than 18 years old, see the state's full list of restrictions.

    C) Get Certification of Completion

    Once you finish driver training and your 50 hours behind the wheel, you must obtain certification that you completed both. From your driver training school you'll receive form MV-278 Pre-Licensing Court Certificate. You must also have your parent or guardian sign Certification of Supervised Driving for MV-262 if you are younger than 18 years old.

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