Driver Safety

SUNY Ulster's Continuing Education Department offers a number of driver and motorcycle training and safety programs. Included are beginning driver education courses, prelicensing courses, adult drivers training & individual lessons and defensive driving.

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.

Upon completion, you will receive a certificate, which may allow you a reduction in your insurance. This program is administered in cooperation with an area auto school.

Click here for the Fall 2017 schedule, and click here for the registration/consent form..

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

5- Hour Pre-licensing

The effects of alcohol and drugs on driving perceptions and defensive driving techniques are the emphases of this class. At the conclusion, students will be issued an MV278 completion certificate, which is required to take the road test. You must bring your New York State Learner’s Permit to class. This class meets the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles classroom requirement in driver safety education.

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 103-61 • $569

Click here to 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 104-22 • $325

Click here to download the 5 session Registration Application Form.
NOTE: The Adult Driver Training program includes admission into one of Ulster’s 5-Hour Pre-licensing courses within a three month period of time. Be sure to register for your 5-Hour Pre-licensing course when you register for either of these courses.

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 entrycan 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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