How to Become a Bard Driver


All drivers are required, by law, to know, understand, and abide by the laws and rules of the jurisdiction they are in, regardless of point of origin or issuing agency of their license.

Driving Bard vehicles is a privilege. The “Rules of the Road” are designed to outline your responsibilities and duties as a Bard Driver. While this document is not comprehensive of all duties and obligations of the Bard Driver, you are required to comply with all terms of this agreement, whether explicit or implicit. Failure to comply with any of the terms of this document shall be considered grounds for immediate revocation of Bard College driving privileges.

All terms of this agreement are subject to change without notice. Changes will be applied to all Bard Drivers, and do not exempt any driver from compliance with this agreement or regulations governing Bard Drivers.

Bard College reserves the right to deny, suspend, or revoke driving privileges at any time and for any reason.

Bard Transportation resources will be made available for Bard faculty, staff, students on Bard sanctioned business and services only. Bard College transportation reserves the right to refuse service to anyone for any legally allowable reason.


Driver’s License:  All Bard Drivers must be in possession of a valid NY Class D Driver License (or equivalent noncommercial operator license from another state) for longer than one year, and provide the Transportation Department with a copy of that license.

Defensive Driving Course Completion Certificate: All Bard Drivers must complete a New York State Approved Six Hour Defensive Driving Course, either in person or online, and provide the Transportation Department with a copy of the Course Completion Certificate.

There are many providers of an online version of the course. You can try New York Safety CouncilI Drive Safely, Improv Traffic School, or the New York Safety Program.

*The Course Completion Certificate is the only acceptable proof of completion. No substitutions or temporary authorizations will be issued or approved.

Bard College Authorization for Consumer Report: All Bard Drivers must complete and sign this document allowing Bard College, its insurance agent, and insurance company to obtain the applicant’s driver’s license abstract. A one-time non-refundable $5.00 fee may be required of the applicant at the time of submission of the “Authorization for Consumer Report” to help defray charges by the New York Department of Motor Vehicles for this service.

A separate signature on this form also indicates knowledge, understanding, and acceptance of this Rules of the Road document and the terms herein. A new copy of this Authorization will be required with every change of any information contained in the document.

Driving Assessment:  After providing completed and signed documents listed above, the Driver must schedule and successfully complete a 1½ to 2 hour driving assessment and an appointment to meet, in person, with Bard Transportation.

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the Driver’s information will be forwarded to our insurance agent. This process takes time, and cannot be circumvented.

All documents and certifications are required by law and/or Bard College’s insurance companies to drive any Bard College vehicles (including, but not limited to, golf carts, ATVs, passenger cars, passenger vans, trucks, and heavy equipment). Each Driver is responsible for keeping their license, certification, and required documentation current and up to date with this office. Failure to do so will result in automatic suspension of driving privileges.

**Allow at least one week to process your application for insurance purposes. You will not be eligible to drive a Bard vehicle for up to one week after the above steps are successfully completed and all materials are submitted to the Bard Transportation Services.

Contact Information:

Security Office – 845-758-7460

Transportation Department – Jeff Smith – 845-758-7625                                                  Andy Champ-Doran:  845-758-7810        Email:


Online course options are published on this page as a convenience to the Bard College community, and are not intended as advertisements.  A listing on this page in no way implies endorsement or preference of any company or service.  The services listed are not operated by Bard College or Bard Transportation Services.  Questions or concerns should be addressed directly by contacting the individual provider.  Bard Transportation Services retains sole discretion in placement or removal of listings.