Driver Safety Program

The University’s Driver Safety Program establishes policy and procedures governing employee use of private and University owned vehicles for business purposes, University-sponsored field trips and foreign and domestic travel. The program has been implemented to ensure the safety of employees, student and the public and comply with CSU and California mandates.

Prior authorization must be obtained before operating a private or University owned motorized vehicle on University business (including powered carts, tractors, forklifts and rented vehicles). Authorized drivers must possess a valid driver’s license, maintain a good driving record and complete Defensive Driver Training.


To apply for authorization to drive on University business:


1. Complete the Driver Authorization Application Form (Incomplete forms will not be accepted)

2. Email the completed form to

3. Allow five (5) business days for employment and driving record review

4. Applicants will receive email confirmation and instructions for completing on-line Defensive Driver Training

5. Email Defensive Driver Training certificate to


Authorization is valid for four (4) years provided that supervisor approval, a valid driver’s license and good driving record is maintained.


The SF State Registry of Authorized Drivers is updated once each semester and available upon request.

Email requests or contact Safety & Risk Management at (415) 338-2565.


Passenger Vans


Employees who drive 8 – 12 passenger vans for University business should complete CSU approved Passenger Van Driver Training.

Passenger vans handle very differently from smaller passenger vehicles because they are typically longer, higher, and wider. They require additional reliance on the side mirrors for changing lanes, more space, additional braking distances, and have a higher risk of crashes and rollovers if not properly driven and maintained. Please contact Safety & Risk Management (415) 338-2565 for additional information on Passenger Van Driver training.


NOTE: Passenger vehicles carrying more than 14 passengers are commercial vehicles and may not be operated without a valid commercial driver’s license and additional approval.  Participation in the Driver Safety Program does not authorize employees to operate commercial vehicles on University business.

For further information, refer to the CSU Vehicle Guide Book.