Driver Improvement Clinic in Minnesota
On this page you’ll find information about required and voluntary defensive driving courses and who to contact for more information.
In Minnesota, you can complete a defensive driving course voluntarily, or a traffic court or the MN DMV may require it to satisfy a traffic ticket.
In addition to providing you with safe driving habits and additional driving knowledge, completing a driver improvement course may earn you an auto insurance discount.
You may be required to complete a driver improvement course when you:
- Commit major traffic offenses, such as:
- Driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs/alcohol.
- Hit and run.
- Causing an accident that resulted in a serious injury or death.
- Commit multiple minor traffic violations.
- Are reinstating your suspended driver’s license.
If you have any questions about your driver improvement requirements, please contact your traffic court or the Minnesota DPS.
For a complete list of approved defensive driver improvement clinics, please visit the Minnesota DMV website.
If you are 55 years old or older, you can complete a Minnesota DPS-approved accident prevention course to earn a car insurance premium discount.
For a complete list of approved accident prevention traffic schools, please visit the MN DMV website.
NOTE: Drivers of all ages may be eligible to complete a defensive driving course to earn a car insurance discount. For more information and specific details, please contact your auto insurance provider.
Minnesota driving courses are offered both online and in a classroom setting.
If you’re able to complete a course online, you can study at your own pace during your own schedule. Your course provider may give you a deadline to complete the entire program.
If a defensive driving course is mandatory, your traffic court or the Minnesota Department of Public Safety should provide you with information about:
- Your timeline for finishing the program.
- Which type of program you must complete.
- Any additional fees and documents you must submit.
If you fail to complete a mandatory course, the Minnesota DMV may suspend your driver’s license.
For information about checking your driver’s license status, please visit our pages on the following topics:
Traffic school/defensive driving courses, both online and in the classroom, generally provide information on:
- Minnesota traffic laws and safety.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- Sharing the roadways.
- Developing courteous and responsible driving attitudes.
- Consequences of drug/alcohol abuse and violations.
You course may take anywhere from 4 to 12 hours to complete. The cost, location, and schedule of your program may vary by course provider.
Generally, to complete your defensive driving course, you’ll need to pass a final exam. After you pass, your course provider will either:
- Give you a certificate of completion.
- Notify the Minnesota DPS/traffic court for you.
Contact your driver improvement clinic provider directly for specific course and completion information.
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