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Health Academy
Carriage Horse Driver's Course

► Learn more about horses working in NYC.

All New York City carriage horse drivers must have a basic knowledge of horse health care, emergency care of horses, proper harnessing, safe driving, and the laws that apply to them. The carriage horse driver’s course consists of self-study, classroom videos, and both written and practical examinations. Each participant must successfully pass all examinations to be issued a certificate of completion.

A certificate of course completion is required to apply for the horse driver’s license from the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Additionally, a horse drawn carriage operator must hold a current valid motor vehicle driver’s license (issued in the USA) to enroll in the carriage driver training program.

Cost: $25

Frequency and Duration: The course is offered four times a year - in January, April, July, and October. It is conducted over two days. There are video presentations and a written exam on the first day, and a practical exam on another day for those who are successful at the written exam.

Prerequisite: You must have a valid motor vehicle driver's license issued in the United States to take this class. You will need to bring your driver's license on the first day of class.

How to Register:
  • Online: You can register and pay for this course online. To register online you must pay by American Express, Discover, Visa or Master Card, or electronic check if you have both your account number and bank routing number. A 2.49% convenience fee will be added to the cost of the class when paying by credit card. Register and pay for this class.

  • In Person: You may also register for the class by going in person to the Citywide Licensing Center and pay by Certified Check, Money Order, American Express, Discover, Visa or Master Card. Cash is not accepted.
  • The Citywide Licensing Center
    42 Broadway
    New York, NY 10004
    Hours: Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM; Wed: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Location of Class:

The Riverside Health Center
160 W 100th St., 2nd Fl.
New York, NY 10025