Driver, Bus and Motorcycle Safety

SUNY Ulster's Continuing Education Department offers several safety programs. Included are Defensive Driving, Driver Education, Private Driving Lessons and Road Test Services (for teens and adults), Drinking Driving Program, School Bus Driver and Motorcycle Safety School.

Defensive Driving

Prevent and avoid accidents through techniques developed and updated by the National Safety Council and approved by the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. This six-hour course allows you to save 10% on auto liability, no-fault, and collision insurance premiums for three years, and you also receive a reduction of up to 4 points on your driving record towards points accumulated prior to course completion. Note: We hold one Defensive Driving class every month.

Defensive Driving Course Now Available Online!

The National Safety Council (NSC) Defensive Driving Course (DDC) is now available online to New York residents.  This course is approved by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles’ Point and Insurance Reduction Program. With DDCNY Online you have the flexibility to work at your own pace and schedule. Your certificate of completion will be mailed the business day following course completion. To learn more, call 800-962-3434 or visit  The price on this website will show $39.95. When the driver enters in the referral code for SUNY Ulster’s Training Center (353) it will give the driver the price of $29.95.

FYI: If you took a Defensive Driving class through SUNY Ulster and need a duplicate certificate please call the National Safety Council at (800) 962-3434.  

Driver Education

SUNY Ulster's Driver Education classes are offered in several locations in spring and fall: Highland HS, Kingston HS, Marlboro HS, New Paltz HS, Onteora HS, Rondout Valley HS,  Saugerties HS and Wallkil HS.  And during the summer at the Kingston Center of SUNY Ulster.  Note: Drivers Education classes are held three times a year. The driver-training program, which is approved by the NYS Education Department Traffic Safety Unit and the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles is a 48-hour course. Included are 24 hours of in-car instruction (six hours of behind-the-wheel instruction, 18 hours of in-car observation), and 24 hours of classroom training, and orientation.

Check out the New York DMV Practice Test.

See the FAQ to learn about road test requirements, insurance, cancellations and more.  

See the Schedule for course dates. For those who need parental consent, please complete the Registration / Consent Form.

Note: At Orientation, all students will receive an overview of the Driver Education Program.


Private Driving Lessons 


Teen or Adult


One-on-one lessons from experienced driving instructors designed to meet the needs of any age driver whether that is to learn how to drive, brush up on driving skills, or take additional driver training. You have the choice of five or ten one-hour sessions. Free door-to-door pick-up/drop-off from home, school or workplace within a certain distance is available. Specially equipped model cars (dual-brake, dual-mirror and real time GPS) provide comfort and safety. Flexible lesson times planned to fit your busy schedule. A valid learner’s permit is required.


DEP 1104 5 Lessons $340 

Download the 5 session Registration Application Form

DEP 1103 10 lessons $599 

Download the 10 session Registration Application Form.

Road Test Service


This offering includes a pick up from your home, school or workplace on the day of DMV Road Test, a one-hour lesson prior to the DMV Road test and the road test vehicle is provided.


DEP 1106        $105

Download the Registration Application Form. 

Drinking Driver Program

This program seeks to reduce alcohol-related traffic offenses and improve highway safety. According to the Institute for Traffic Safety Management and Research, participation in the program has proven to reduce the rate of DWI reconviction.  Eligibility and program entry can be established only through the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles following a DWI/DWAI conviction. Upon enrollment, most participants are granted conditional driving privileges. Full driving privileges may be restored upon completion of program requirements.  If you wish more information call the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles or Margaret Garvila, Director of the Ulster County Community College Drinking Driving Program at 845-687-5017.

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School Bus Driver Basic 30-Hour Course 

This course meets the regulations of the New York State Education Department, which requires that each school bus driver completes a basic 30-hour course of instruction in school bus safety practice within the first year of employment. You are eligible for point and insurance reduction. Each individual who successfully completes the program will receive a certificate of completion from the New York State Education Department and a 10% Point Insurance Reduction Certificate (PIRP Certificate is only valid for 3 years). This course is instructed by Drive On Guard.

DEP 1108 $305


Motorcycle Safety School

SUNY Ulster in conjunction with Motorcycle Safety School provides motorcycle/scooter training and licensing courses for all experience levels on the Stone Ridge campus. For more information, please visit or call 718-599-1079.


Beginner Riders


The Ultimate Training Package allows a person who has never ridden a motorcycle or scooter to learn all the skills necessary to safely ride at an advanced level. The following three courses are offered in this discounted package: MSF Introductory Motorcycle Experience, MSF Basic RiderCourse, and MSF Basic RiderCourse 2. 



The 2-hour Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Introductory Motorcycle Experience allows for classroom and practical training to either prepare for the MSF Basic RiderCourse or to see if motorcycling is for you. There is no driver’s license or motorcycle permit requirement for this hands-on course that starts in the classroom and then transitions to the motorcycle.

**Use Code UCC/CONT ED for 50% off this course! Regular price is $80.



Students who successfully complete this 18-hour course will receive the DMV Road Test Waiver! This class consists of a 3-hour online eCourse, 5 hours of classroom instruction and 10 hours of practical training on a motorcycle or scooter. The riding portion teaches skills such as straight-line riding, stopping, shifting, turning, swerving, and emergency braking. We provide everything that you will need to take the course -from motorcycles/scooters to helmets! You must have a valid NYS Driver’s License and NYS Motorcycle Permit at the time of waiver redemption (permit test may be taken after course completion). Additionally, be sure to check with your insurance company, as you may be eligible for discounts as a result of taking the course. 



Enjoy personalized instruction at your own pace, and learn how to ride safely. You will practice slow-speed maneuvers while under the guidance of a DMV-Certified Instructor. Private lessons are highly recommended for new riders to build confidence while familiarizing themselves with a motorcycle or scooter. Lessons cost $60 per hour.



Motorcycle Safety School is holding a “Women’s-Only” MSF Basic Rider Course for new riders to get licensed. In addition, women will receive a 50% discount off the Introductory Motorcycle Experience class for all of October. Call 718-599-1079 to register! October 5 & 6, 2019


Experienced Riders



Experienced riders who successfully complete this 8-hour course will receive the DMV License Waiver. The course curriculum includes a 3-hour online eCourse and 5 hours of practical training followed by a riding skills test. This alternative to the DMV Road Test is designed for experienced riders who have the ability to perform circles and figure eights on a motorcycle/scooter. Check with your insurance provider for eligible discounts!



Refresh and fine-tune your safety skills! This 5-hour course is designed for BRC graduates or intermediate riders to practice slow-speed maneuvering while also working on cornering, swerving, and braking techniques. You can use your street-legal motorcycle/scooter or use one of our motorcycles free of charge. Passengers are allowed to accompany licensed riders only. Discounts are available for motorcycle clubs. 

Course cost is $95, with group discounts available.



Motorcycle Safety Foundation

New York State Motorcycle Safety Program Motorcycle Safety School





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