Carriage Horse Driver's Course

Courses Suspended

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, registrations for this course are not being accepted at this time.


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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.

Location of Class

The Riverside Health Center is located at 160 West 100th Street, 2nd Floor
Manhattan