Point Reduction in LouisianaPage Overview
Louisiana approves a variety of driver improvement courses for ticket dismissal purposes. Many of these courses are available online, making them the most convenient option if you're juggling other responsibilities like school, work, and family.
While the choice between classroom and online defensive driving courses typically only depends on your personal preference, you may need to take a specific course depending on your traffic offense.
For more information about your options for enrolling and your general course requirements, please visit our Defensive Driving in Louisiana page.
You may be able to use a defensive driving course to dismiss a traffic ticket, satisfy a court requirement, or earn a car insurance discount. Even if you are not able to take a defensive driving course for one of those reasons, completing a course can still be beneficial. Defensive driving courses will provide you with information about Louisiana traffic laws, defensive driving techniques, and accident avoidance skills that may help you avoid committing traffic violations or causing accidents in the future.
No Point Reduction
Louisiana doesn’t use a point system, so driver improvement courses aren’t good for point reduction; however, because they satisfy tickets, they do keep potential violations off your driving record.
NOTE: The Louisiana Office of Motor Vehicles (OMV) keeps a public driving record of your violations for a period of time; the violation will remain for a longer period of time if it’s a "driving while intoxicated (DWI)" violation.
Naturally, each driver improvement course adheres to its own method of doing things; however, after you choose your course you can expect to:
- Pay a course fee separate from any court-imposed driver improvement fees.
- Learn about defensive driving techniques, such as those outlined in the Louisiana Driver’s Guide.
- Take a final exam showing you’ve retained the information taught in the lessons.
- Receive a certificate of completion (or information about having the certificate sent to your court).
NOTE: Online courses allow you to work at your own pace; some even offer unlimited final exam retakes―without paying additional fees.Other Topics in This Section