Senior & Special Needs Driving FAQ's

Are all the driving schools listed on your website fully-licensed by the New York DMV to offer driver training courses in New York?
The driving school directory on our website is for your convenience only, and we cannot absolutely guarantee that every driving school listed is currently licensed to offer behind-the-wheel training courses in New York.  We suggest you contact the New York DMV to make sure a particular driver training school is accredited before you enroll in their driving course.
Somebody told me that I can skip out of attending a driver training school if my parents give me behind-the-wheel training instead. Is that permissible in New York?
Each state has its own rules regarding driver training.  Some states will allow parentally-supervised driver training as a substitute for enrolling in a driver training course which is taught by a professional driving instructor.  However, not all states allow this.  You should contact the New York DMV to find out for sure.
Do you know if Senior & Special Needs Driving will let me take my behind-the-wheel training using an automatic-shift vehicle? I don't know anything about using a stick-shift.
Considering you're a brand new driver, you probably don't know a whole lot about driving ANY type of vehicle, be it a stick OR an automatic!  Nevertheless, if you have a preference, you probably should contact Senior & Special Needs Driving and see if they can accommodate you before registering for their behind-the-wheel training course.
I live in a rural area, that has a lot of dirt roads and bumpy terrain. Will Senior & Special Needs Driving train me how to drive in BOTH city AND rural environments?
If you live in a rural area, chances are very good that a local driving school like Senior & Special Needs Driving will want you to be taught how to drive safely on the local area's terrain.
After I turn 14, will I be eligible to get my instruction permit so I can begin to learn how to drive?
It depends on which state you live in, however most states unfortunately require you to be at least 15 (or sometimes 15 1/2) before you can be issued a instruction permit.  We suggest that you contact a local driver training school such as Senior & Special Needs Driving or the New York DMV office to learn more about the minimum age requirement for driving in New York.
Do I have to complete a Schenectady New York drivers education classroom course or online course before signing up to take one of Senior & Special Needs Driving's driver training courses?
Each state has its own rules, but most states will require first-time drivers to take both a behind-the-wheel training course plus either a drivers education classroom course (which are about 30 hours in length) or an approved online drivers education course.  You may want to ask Senior & Special Needs Driving if they offer one or both programs.
I have to register for a safe driving class in Schenectady New York before New York will give me my driver's license. Does Senior & Special Needs Driving offer this type of course?
Senior & Special Needs Driving does offer the behind-the-wheel training course in Schenectady New York that is required by the State of New York.  You will need to contact Senior & Special Needs Driving directly for more information about the driver courses they offer and their class schedules.
Do I have to take drivers education to get a New York driver's license?
Drivers education requirements vary depending on which state you live in, but you should be aware that most states require new, teen-aged drivers to enroll in both a driver training course in addition to a drivers education classroom or online course.  You may wish to contact the New York DMV to find out exactly what requirements you will need to meet in order to obtain your first driver's license.
Is it necessary for me to enroll in a behind-the-wheel training course in order to get my first New York driver's license?
Yes, it is.  All teen-aged drivers applying for their first driver's license in New York are required to take a state-approved behind-the-wheel training course.
Can I register for a New York-licensed driver training course even if I don't have my New York instruction permit yet?
Most likely, no.  Most states have laws that mandate a pre-licensed driver to have obtained a New York learners permit before registering in a New York driver training course.  It would be best for you to contact a driving school such as Senior & Special Needs Driving and ask for more information.