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.
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. If you pass the written exam, you will also be given a practical exam on another day.
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.
Online: To register online you must pay by American Express, Discover, Visa or Mastercard, 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 can register in person at the Citywide Licensing Center at 42 Broadway, Manhattan. Pay by Certified Check, Money Order, American Express, Discover, Visa or Mastercard.
Citywide Licensing Center
Hours: All visits are by appointment only
The Riverside Health Center
160 West 100th Street, 3rd Floor