Driver’s Education Program Regulations and FAQ

Who is eligible for the program?

St. Joseph's College’s Driver’s Education program is open to all public, private and parochial high school students aged 16 and 17 who have their New York state learner’s permit.

Where does the program take place?

The program will be held at SJC Long Island, located at 155 W. Roe Blvd. in Patchogue. The lecture classes will take place in one of the classrooms on campus. For the driving portion, students will meet with their instructors on campus for in-car instruction. Please note, this program does not take place on the campus of SJC Brooklyn.

How do I register?

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to availability, you may not be placed in your first choice of class times. The registration form is electronic; no registrations will be accepted over the phone. All registrations must be fully completed in order to secure your space in the program. The registration form is found on our website.  To have it emailed directly to you, call 631.687.1281 or email [email protected].

Can I be placed in the same class/car with my friends?

We understand that many students carpool together for the program, and we ask those doing so to let us know when they register. While we will make an effort to place students together, keep in mind that we may not always be able to honor these requests due to availability in the program. Please indicate on the registration form if you will be carpooling and the names of the other students. All requests must be confirmed. To ensure that your request was received, and to verify if there is availability, email [email protected].

What is the attendance policy?

The program is comprised of a total of 48 hours. The New York State Education Department’s guidelines for driver and traffic safety education require a minimum of 24 hours of classroom instruction (lecture) and 24 hours of laboratory (in-car) instruction. Note: There will be four students per car, and driving will be six hours in total per student. The remaining 18 hours will be in observation while the other three students are driving. This means that a student must attend all 48 hours of this program in order to receive an MV-285 certificate. One make-up date will be provided for absences due to emergencies. Otherwise, no absences are permitted. Check your schedule for possible conflicts and be certain that absences will not occur.

Do you have a refund policy?

If a student drops one week or more prior to the first class, a refund, minus a $50 administrative charge, will be processed. If a student withdraws less than a week before the first class, a 50 percent refund will be granted. Thereafter, no tuition refund will be authorized.

If registration is full, can I be placed on a waitlist?

If at any time one of our program sessions becomes full, we will have a waitlist for that session. To get onto the waitlist, you will need to complete the registration form so that if space opens up, we can quickly register you for the program. If you prefer a specific class time and are unable to be placed due to high enrollment, let us know by emailing [email protected], and we will add you to a waitlist for that class time. While we will try to accommodate changes to class times, note we will not always be able to do so.

Can I get my senior license after taking the program?

Students who complete the program with a passing grade of 65 in each category will receive the Certificate of Completion (MV-285), the opportunity to have a senior driver’s license (Class 5) at age 17 and an insurance reduction according to the policies of your insurance carrier. Students must obtain the 50-hour completion form required for graduated licensing from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Keep in mind, the DMV will only allow the student to take the driver’s test if the information in their MV-285 matches the information that is on their permit. If it doesn’t, they will be required to get a corrected certificate in order to take the test. The process of obtaining a new certificate can take more than a month, and it will cost an additional $20. To ensure the correct information is inputted onto the certificates, we will take a copy of all permits the day of the first lecture class.

Can you schedule my road test for me?

St. Joseph's College does not schedule the road test for students. Road tests can be scheduled through the NYS DMV website or by phone at 518.402.2100. Students may also contact a driving school to schedule the test for them.

Do I need my MV-285 Certificate to schedule my road test?

Students will need either a Pre-Licensing Course Completion Certificate (Form MV-278) or a Driver's Education Course Completion Certificate (Form MV-285) in order to schedule and take their road test. The MV-285 certificates will be available for students who have successfully completed the program around two or more weeks after the last class. Students will be notified of a date and time that they are able to pick up their certificate, no certificates will be mailed. Please do not schedule your road test before this point, as we cannot guarantee you will have your certificate before then.