Press Release-01-31-2023

DMV news

Tuesday, January 31, 2023



New or Current Employees Who Complete Required Training Can Receive Six Credits Toward College Programs at SUNY Empire State 

Benefit Represents a Savings of More Than $2,000 in Tuition

The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) today announced a new partnership with SUNY Empire State to provide college credit to eligible employees. The credits can be used as general learning toward any undergraduate program at the college.

To be eligible, a new or current employee must have completed all three components of DMV’s New Employee Training Program (NETP)—License, Registration and Enforcement—in addition to a customer service component. Current employees must have completed the training since 2013 to be eligible. Those who have done so can receive six college credits from SUNY Empire. This represents a savings of $2,015.20 in tuition fees for anyone who makes use of this benefit.

DMV Statewide Training team will provide proof of completion of the three NETP courses to SUNY Empire for interested employees. The department has assigned staff members to serve as advisors to answer questions and help employees explore this opportunity.

“We are always looking for new and innovative ways to help our employees gain new skills through training and to advance their careers, so we are very excited to roll out this new partnership with SUNY Empire,” said DMV Executive Deputy Commissioner Christian Jackstadt. “The flexibility that SUNY Empire provides will allow all our employees throughout the state to take advantage of this opportunity. This partnership is one of many initiatives we have introduced as part of a strategic effort to attract and retain top talent and make careers at the DMV even more rewarding.”

“SUNY Empire State is thrilled to partner with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles in service to the agency’s employees,” said SUNY Empire State President Lisa Vollendorf, Ph.D. “Our commitment is and has always been to drive educational attainment in New York state and beyond, driving social mobility and reaching students who can benefit from our flexible and innovative academic experiences.”

DMV continuously explores new ways to provide training and advancement opportunities to its staff. The agency recently created a dedicated team to focus on exploring and implementing innovative strategies to improve the work life of DMV’s growing workforce. Such projects include flexible telecommuting options and advanced supervisor training. Additionally, DMV became the first agency in the state to offer some of its most popular career exams online. 

DMV is an equal opportunity employer and offers a wide variety of career opportunities.  Among the many benefits offered are generous paid leave, exceptional health coverage, and a pension plan. To learn more about career opportunities at DMV, benefits and how to apply, visit or our LinkedIn Page. You can also follow DMV on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Throughout its history, SUNY Empire State College has been a leader in valuing learning gained from life and work experience and has designed a clear process for assessing and awarding credit for college-level learning gained through experience.

SUNY Empire is committed to flexible, accessible education with more than 110 online degrees and certificates and locations in every region of the state and seven international sites. SUNY Empire students can pursue their education online, face-to-face, or a blend of both.

For more information about SUNY Empire State, visit