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    Georgia Defensive Driving Courses

    Georgia offers defensive driving or driver improvement courses (the state uses the terms interchangeably; they’re the same courses) for point reduction.

    For point reduction, you can take a course every 5 years to have up to 7 points removed from your driving record.

    You can choose from among several classroom courses; online driving courses aren’t options at this time.

    NOTE: You can use these same courses for possible auto insurance discounts and driver reinstatement requirements not related to DUI charges.

    For more information, please visit our Defensive Driving in Georgia page.

    No Dismissed Traffic Tickets

    Although it’s always up to the judge’s discretion, taking a driver improvement course is not a standard option for ticket dismissal in Georgia.

    Risk Reduction Courses

    The DUI, Alcohol, or Drug Use Risk Reduction Program courses are different from defensive driving and driver improvement courses.

    A judge will require you to complete this course if you are convicted of:

    • Driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs.
    • Boating under the influence (BUI) of alcohol or drugs.
    • Possession of illegal drugs.
    • Possession of alcohol while driving (for underage drivers).

    Learn more about DUI-related offenses and penalties.

    Complete a GA Driving Safety Course

    Your driving course will last 6 hours, and cost up to $95. Once you complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate of completion to provide the Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) (see below).

    Keep in mind that course providers are independent; they are not DDS or state employees. As such:

    • Refunds are up to the course provider.
    • If you’re late, the course instructor can prevent you from entering the classroom.

    Still, if you have any complaints about your provider or instructor, you can use an official Program Complaint Form (Form RC-550).

    Submit Requirements to the Court

    You’ll receive a certificate of completion once you complete your defensive driving course. To request a point reduction, you must present the original copy of this certificate in person to your your local Georgia customer service center or by mail to the Georgia DDS at:

    Georgia Department of Driver Services
    P.O. Box 80447
    Conyers, GA 30013

    Lost or Damaged Certificates

    If your completion certificate becomes lost or damaged, you can request a new one from the course provider. Course providers must keep records of course completion for 3 years after the completion. Expect to pay up to $5 for a new certificate.

    NOTE: If it’s been more than 3 years since you completed the course, you can’t get a new copy; you must retake the course.

    Check Your Georgia Driving Record

    Give the Georgia DDS a few days (or weeks, depending on how you delivered the certificate) to remove the applicable points from your driving record; then, check your driving record to make sure points were removed and find out where you stand in terms of a points-related license suspension.

    Instant Georgia Driving Record

    Check for tickets, violations, and confirm your drivers license status with a instant self-check driving record. Each record may include suspensions, points, classifications, vital data, endorsements, expiration and driving status.

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    Get an Auto insurance Discount

    Some auto insurance providers offer discounts for completing a defensive driving or driver improvement course. Please talk with your agent about this possibility before you complete the course, or at least before you submit your completion certificate to the Georgia DDS. Your provider will want to see the certificate.

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