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    Reasons to Take Defensive Driving in LA

    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.

    Complete a Louisiana Driver Improvement Course

    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.

    Submit Requirements to the Court

    Most likely, the only thing you'll need to submit to the Louisiana court is your completion certificate, and this process will vary depending on which driver improvement course provider you chose.

    For example, some providers mail or electronically notify the courts directly; others mail you a completion certificate and leave it up to you to show the court.

    Before you enroll in a course, find out their completion certificate delivery policy and make sure it fits your court-imposed deadline, which your court should give you once they approve you for the program.

    Check Your Louisiana Driving Record

    After everything’s said and done―you’ve completed the course, presented your certificate to the court, and said goodbye to your traffic ticket―check your LA driving record to make sure the violation doesn’t appear.

    Talk with the Louisiana OMV or your court if you find any problems on your record.

    Instant Louisiana 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 a discount to policyholders who complete approved driver improvement courses. Before you enroll in a traffic school course to receive a discount, make sure you're eligible for an auto insurance rate reduction first. Contact your car insurance provider for more information.

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