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    Defensive Driving in Hawaii

    If you’ve received a traffic ticket or want to earn a car insurance discount, you may be able to take a Hawaii a defensive driving course or traffic school.

    Depending on your specific circumstances, you may be able to use a traffic school program to:

    • Dismiss your traffic ticket.
    • Satisfy the requirements of Hawaii traffic court.
    • Earn a safe driver discount with your car insurance provider.

    Whether or not you are eligible to take a defensive driving course for one of the reasons above, completing a program can help you gain safe driving habits, which can reduce your chance of receiving traffic tickets and causing accidents in the future.

    On this page you’ll find information about traffic school/defensive driving and the appropriate agency to contact for more information.

    Taking Traffic School in Hawaii

    Your eligibility to complete a defensive driving course will depend upon the circumstances of your traffic offense, your personal driving history, and the discretion or your Hawaii traffic court or insurance provider.

    If approved to take a course to dismiss a ticket or earn an insurance discount, you may have the option of completing defensive driving online or in a classroom.

    For defensive driving courses available online and in your area:

    • Look up traffic schools, driving schools, or defensive driving in your phone book.
    • Contact your local Hawaii DMV office.
    • Contact your court.
      OR
    • Contact your car insurance provider.

    Dismissing Traffic Tickets

    Depending on the circumstances of your offense, your Hawaii traffic court may allow you to take a defensive driving or driver improvement course to dismiss your traffic ticket.

    Your eligibility to dismiss a ticket will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

    If approved, you’ll likely need to complete defensive driving online or in the classroom by a date specified by the court.

    Contact the court handling your traffic ticket for more information.

    NOTE: If you are required to take defensive driving as part of your traffic conviction, your court will likely provide you with a list of courses to choose from and a deadline to complete the program.

    Too many traffic violations can lead to Hawaii DMV fines and a suspended driver’s license. For more information about checking your driving record and reinstating a suspended driver’s license, please visit the following pages:

    Car Insurance Discounts

    If you take a Hawaii defensive driving course voluntarily, you may be eligible to receive a discount on your car insurance rates.

    While often aimed towards elderly and teen drivers, drivers of all ages may receive a safe driver discount by completing a defensive driving course.

    Contact your auto insurance provider to check if you’re eligible.

    Hawaii Defensive Driving Course Details

    Regardless of whether you take traffic school online or in the classroom, your course will likely cover topics, such as:

    • Hawaii traffic laws and violations.
    • Sharing the road.
    • DUI/DWI offenses.
    • Developing responsible driving behaviors.
    • Defensive driving techniques.

    Your course will generally take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours to complete. Your course provider will determine the cost of your program.

    To complete your defensive driving course, you’ll usually need to pass a final exam that covers each safe driving topic that your program included.

    After you pass your final exam, your course provider will usually give you a defensive driving completion certificate. Depending on your reason for taking defensive driving, you may need to submit your certificate to the court, Hawaii DMV, or your car insurance company.

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