Driver and Motorcycle Safety

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. 

See Motorcycle Courses below

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.

Driver Education

SUNY Ulster's Driver Education classes are offered in seven locations: Kingston, Rondout Valley, New Paltz, Wallkill, Marlboro, Onteora, and Ellenville. 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.

Six to eight weeks after course completion, students will be mailed a Certificate of Completion which may allow a reduction in your insurance. This program is administered in cooperation with an area auto school. 

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.


Adult Driver Training

Adult Driver - 10 Sessions
Gain independence! Learn to drive in 10 one-hour private lessons. Students have the option of being picked up at their home or another convenient location. A valid learner’s permit is required.
DEP 1103 • $599

Download the 10 session Registration Application Form.
Adult Driver - 5 Sessions
Brush up on driving skills or sign up for additional driver training with five one-hour sessions. Students have the option of being picked up at their home or another convenient location. A valid learner’s permit is required.
DEP 1104 • $340

Download the 5 session Registration Application Form.

Private Driving Lessons Specifically for Teen Beginning & Inexperienced Drivers

These one-on-one lessons from experienced driving instructors are designed to meet the needs of teens and adults who are new to driving. Free door-to-door pick-up/drop-off from home, school or workplace is available. Specially equipped model cars (dual-brake, dual-mirror and real time GPS) provide comfort and safety. Flexible lesson times are planned to fit your busy schedule.

DEP 1105        5 lessons        $340

Download the 5 session Registration Application Form.


DEP 1107        10 lessons      $599

Download the 10 session Registration Application Form.


Road Test Service

(ONLY OFFERED AS AN ADDITIONAL OPTION TO 5 sessions & 10 sessions packages)

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

Ultimate Training Package

This package allows a student who has never ridden a motorcycle or scooter to learn all the skills necessary to safely ride at an advanced level. The package includes three courses: the MSF Introductory Motorcycle Experience, the MSF Basic RiderCourse, and the MSF Basic RiderCourse 2. $400

MSF Introductory Motorcycle Experience
This 2-hour course includes classroom and practical training to either prepare for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) Basic RiderCourse or to see if motorcycling is for you. $80

MSF Basic RiderCourse
This course is the fast track to learning how to ride and becoming licensed! Upon successful completion of this 18-hour course, you will receive a DMV Road Test Waiver. $275


Experienced Riders

MSF Basic RiderCourse 2-License Waiver
This 9-hour course is designed for experienced riders to become licensed. After successfully completing this course, you will receive a DMV Road Test Waiver. $225

MSF Basic RiderCourse 2
This 5-hour course allows experienced riders to refresh and fine-tune their safety skills on their own motorcycle or one of ours. $95


Motorcycle Safety Foundation

New York State Motorcycle Safety Program Motorcycle Safety School





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