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  • Point Reduction in Idaho

    If you have received a traffic ticket in Idaho, then a Idaho State Approved Point Reduction Course is a great way to prevent points from appearing on your driving records. I Drive Safely is a good choice for Idaho Point Reduction online.

    Determine Your “Course” of Action in Idaho

    You can enroll in a defensive driving or accident prevention course once every 3 years to have 3 points removed from your Idaho driving record.

    For more details, please visit our Defensive Driving in Idaho page.

    Idaho approves a variety of course options, ranging from classroom to online courses, making it easy for drivers with busy schedules. Since the approved courses typically range from $18 to $60, you should be able to find a course within your budget.

    No Dismissed Traffic Tickets

    Idaho doesn’t dismiss tickets for completing defensive driving or accident prevention courses, nor will the court prevent a point accumulation for attending a course. The point reduction benefit applies only to points currently on your driving record.

    If you want to take a course to prevent a driver's license suspension, you must do so before you accumulate too many points.

    Complete an Idaho Driving Safety Course

    Idaho approves such a wide variety of defensive driving and accident prevention courses that what you’ll experience during your course will depend on the course you choose.

    Some drivers prefer classroom courses because they learn best when they have one-on-one interaction with instructors; other drivers opt for online courses because these classes fit into their schedules. Typically, you can complete online defensive driving courses from the comfort of your own home and at your own pace.

    Regardless of the course you choose, expect to learn about:

    • Safe driving practices.
    • Traffic laws.
    • How to handle extenuating driving conditions, such as inclement weather.
    • The effects of dangerous driving practices, such as reckless driving or driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs/alcohol.
    • The importance of driving defensively rather than offensively.

    Submit Requirements to the DMV

    Once you complete the course, either:

    • The course instructor (or the program’s administrators) will provide you with a hard-copy completion certificate to present to the Idaho Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
    • The course provider will electronically notify the DMV of your completion.

    The method depends on the course you choose. Once you choose a course, make sure you ask about how and when you and/or the Idaho DMV will receive the completion course, and what to do if neither of you receive the certificate.

    Check Your Idaho Driving Record

    Once you or the defensive driving course provider submits the completion certificate to the ID DMV, get a copy of your driving record to make sure the 3 points were removed.

    If there seems to be an error on your driving record, contact the Idaho DMV.

    Instant Idaho 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 companies offer discounts to drivers who successfully complete defensive driving courses. The state of Idaho mandates that insurance companies provide discounts to older drivers for completing a course.

    If you want to take advantage of an auto insurance discount in addition to point reduction, you should talk to your car insurance provider before enrolling in a defensive driving course. You should find out the following information:

    • Whether a discount for completing a course is an option, and how much of a discount is offered.
    • Whether the insurance provider accepts the same courses approved by the Idaho DMV.
    • How the insurance provider wants to receive proof of completion (i.e. from the policyholder or directly from the course).

    Contact your car insurance provider for more information.

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