Point Reduction in IllinoisPage Overview
Illinois offers drivers a traffic safety school via the Northwestern University for Public Safety. Some judges offer you the option to take this course in lieu of receiving a conviction (and points) on your driving record.
For more information, please visit our Defensive Driving in Illinois page.
The school is available on a volunteer basis, and in some cases, you may be eligible to use a defensive driving course to:
- Earn a driving record point reduction.
- Earn an auto insurance discount.
- Dismiss a traffic ticket or satisfy a court order.
To know for sure whether point reduction is an option for you, ask your judge (if it’s violation-based) or contact the Illinois Office of the Secretary Of State (SOS) (if it’s point-based).
Whether enrolling in traffic safety school is an option for avoiding convictions on driving records is up to the court. Generally, it depends on where you were ticketed.
Your may have the option of taking either a classroom or online defensive driving course. Your decision may depend on your reason for enrolling in a course, but your choice will typically only depend on your personal schedule.
Online defensive driving courses may be the most convenient option as they will allow you to complete the program in your own time. Unless you are taking a course to satisfy a court requirement or dismiss a ticket, your deadline for finishing will be determined by the course provider.
Even if you are not eligible to a take traffic school to dismiss a ticket, reduce your driving record points, or earn a car insurance discount, you should still consider completing a course. Defensive driving/traffic school may just prove to help you gain the driving knowledge and awareness necessary to avoid violating traffic laws and causing accidents in the future.Other Topics in This Section