Licensed to Learn

AAA's Exclusive Driver Education Program

Provides 30 hours of classroom instruction and ten 45-minute lessons behind the wheel one-on-one with a certified driving instructor.

Upon completion of the Licensed to Learn course, student receives the 5-hour pre-licensing certificate (MV-278) required for the road test, a 6-hour point and insurance reduction certificate to reduce their auto insurance premium, and AAA Basic® Membership for 1 year.

Teenage Licensed to Learn drivers aged 16 and 17 have a 62% lower accident rate in New York State.

Pricing & Schedule*

AAA Members: $635
Non-Members: $685

*Save $100 by having all in car lessons originate and end from a designated AAA branch. Use coupon code SAVE100 when registering online. Designated branches for the discount are: Amherst, Liverpool, Orchard Park, Greece and Penfield.

Licensed to Learn Schedule Register Online (Members) Register Online (Non-Members)

To register or for more information, call (800) 836-2582.

  • 30 hours of classroom instruction
  • 10 driving lessons (no road test)
  • 5-hour pre-licensing lesson (MV-278)
  • Certificate for point and insurance reduction

  • Learning in a classroom environment with a focus on safety
  • In-car training conducted on a one-on-one basis with a state-licensed AAA driving instructor
  • FREE 1-year Basic AAA Membership

Note: Students must obtain a NYS learner's permit before attending the first class and must be brought to the class location.

Compare AAA Licensed to Learn and
In-School Driver Education

Teen Driving
AAA Licensed to Learn In-School
5-Hour Pre-Licensing Certificate (MV-278) Yes No—student receives the MV-285, which serves the same purpose
Insurance Premium Reduction Certificate Yes Depends on your auto insurance company
Classroom Instruction 30 hours 24 hours
In-Car Instruction 10 private sessions
(45 minutes each)
18 observational hours
(teen is not driving)
6 hours driving
Night Driving Certificate (MV-285) No Yes
AAA Membership 1-year Basic 1-year Basic
(in select schools)


Do I still have to pay NYS the driver assessment fee, if I have taken the Driver Improvement course and reduced the points on my license?

Yes. An accident prevention course and point reduction do not affect a driver responsibility assessment. Please visit for more information.

Does AAA send my completion certificate directly to my automobile insurance company?

No. You must contact your insurance company and supply your certificate to them for insurance reduction benefits.

What happens if I am unable to attend the class that I was registered for?

Please call (800) 836-2582 or email us at to cancel or reschedule a class. Cancellation fees may apply.

Do you hold any classes offsite for groups or companies? If so, can we book you to come to our site and hold a class?

Yes. We can accommodate offsite groups of approximately 18 or more. A discounted corporate or group rate would also apply. Email us with your information at for more details.

Can a husband and wife BOTH take the course and BOTH receive the 10% discount, if they have two vehicles insured on the same policy?

Generally yes, though some insurance companies will only discount the primary driver on each vehicle.

Are AAA's classroom and online Defensive Driving courses approved by the DMV for insurance discounts and point reduction?

Yes. AAA Defensive Driving courses are approved by the DMV for insurance discounts and point reduction. Please visit: for more information.

I misplaced the completion certificate from my Defensive Driving class. How can I get a copy?

If you have lost your completion certificate for an online course, please call (877) 476-1254. For classroom courses, please call (800) 836-2582.