Driver and Traffic Safety Education FAQ
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Question 1: Our program contracts with a commercial driving school for behind-the-wheel instruction. If the commercial driving school that we contract with happens to employ an approved MV-283 card holder, can that individual deliver the classroom instruction portion of our program?
Answer Q1: No. The classroom teacher of any approved DTSE program must be an employee of the school, college, or BOCES. The classroom teacher should coordinate the day to day operations of the class, report to the school, college, or BOCES administrator in charge of the program, and work with the commercial driving school to coordinate the content delivered between the classroom and behind-the-wheel portions of the program.
Question 2: Our program is outfitting our cars with the necessary dual controls which now include something called an "eye check mirror" (a convex mirror which allows the instructor to observe the head and eye movements of the trainee in the mirror). Can someone tell us where to buy one?
Answer Q2: The State Education Department does not direct the field towards suggested products to purchase. Although we do not endorse any vendor's products, a simple internet search on "eye check mirror, driver education" should begin to direct programs as to where they may be able to purchase one. Another avenue to seek advice on where to purchase an eye check mirror may be to write to the New York State Driver and Traffic Safety Education Association. Their Web site is www.nysdtsea.org. Please note that the DTSE car must have two rear view mirrors: one for the instructor and one for the driver.
In addition to these two rear view mirrors the DTSE car must have an eye check mirror, which is simply an additional mirror angled in such a way that the instructor can see where the student driver is looking without having to take their eyes off the road or the rear view mirror.
Question 1: Are students required to be enrolled in the LENS program?
Answer Q1: No, students should not be enrolled in the LENS program. The LENS program is to be used by administrators to ensure DTSE teachers maintain an acceptable driving record while employed by a school district.
Question 2: My school district employs bus drivers and as a result is required to be enrolled in 19-A. Will enrollment in 19-A allow our district to monitor the license record of our driver education teachers?
Answer Q2: No. Employer enrollment in 19-A is for bus drivers only. A LENS account must be established to monitor the license record of driver education teachers employed by the school district.
Question 3: What is this (LENS) information to be used for?
Answer Q3: Notifications will allow administrators to monitor the driving records of DTSE teachers. It is expected that DTSE teachers conduct themselves in a professional and responsible manner.
Question 4: Who is responsible for administration of the LENS program within the school district?
Answer Q4: The school administrator overseeing the driver education program within the school district will also be responsible for administration of the LENS program.
Question 5: What are the steps to enroll in the LENS program?
Answer Q5: Enrollment in LENS is free of charge for government agencies including public school districts, BOCES and community colleges.
- Go to the LENS home page on the DMV website.
- Go to the link for pre-registration on the right hand side of the page.
- Enter all information on the pre-registration form and submit.
- The pre-registration process will produce a complete application with instructions that will be sent back to you via e-mail.
Question 1: How much liability insurance is required for DTSE programs?
Answer Q1: There is no specific requirement outlining the level of insurance coverage needed while conducting an approved NYS-DTSE course; however, when considering the type of use, number of drivers, and number of passengers involved, schools are encouraged to consult their insurance advisor and/or Health, Safety, and Risk Management advisor to assure appropriate coverage to meet their needs.
Question 1: Section II of form DE-1 asks for projected dates of our DTSE program. It is difficult for our program to predict the exact date that our DTSE course will be offered two and three years from now. Can we estimate the dates?
Answer Q1: Yes you can submit estimated dates; however, be aware that the information submitted in this section, along with your program’s contact information, will be published via the Web to inform students and parents of when your program will be offered. Additionally, the end date of your last program will serve as the end date for your program approval. Requests submitted to the Utica DMV office for student Course Completion Forms (MV-285) must coincide with the end date on record for your program. Because of these two issues, you may want to update the information via form DE-1A when the dates are better known.
Question 2: Does a copy of the liability insurance policy for the Driver and Traffic Safety Education program have to accompany the DTSE course approval form (DE-1)?
Answer Q2: Although section V asks for insurance policy information, a copy of the actual insurance policy is not required.
Question 3: Section VII Instructors provides a column labeled “30 hour instructor course verification”. Does our program have to include a copy of the 30 hour instructor course completion certificate in our application to the State Education Department for any MV-524 card holders providing behind-the-wheel instruction via our program’s contract with a commercial driving school?
Answer Q3: Yes. The administrator charged with coordinating your program must confirm that all contracted commercial driving school instructors have completed the 30 hour instructor course and affirm that this is true by marking a “y” in the column provided in Section VII. The actual paper work confirming this information along with the person's license and MV-524 card should accompany the DE-1 or DE-1A being sent into the DTSE office.
Question 1: Can I get a MV-283 card even if I'm not a teacher with an accepted secondary certification?
Answer Q1: Yes. The classes needed and time spent getting the credential would remain the same, but the actual credential would be a "Restricted" MV-283. This means the Restricted MV-283 cardholder would be able to teach lecture in nonpublic schools or colleges only.
Question 1: Where can I get assistance with what is needed/how to fill out the DE-2 form?
Answer Q1: A document to help anyone looking to receive a MV-283 credential is available on the forms page in the left navigation menu.