Traffic Schools in MontanaPage Overview
Montana Traffic Schools
In Montana, traffic schools are designed to make drivers smarter, safer, and more responsible. It can also be used to dismiss traffic tickets and reduce auto insurance rates.
Traffic school may also be referred to as defensive driving, a driver improvement program (DIP), or even a point and insurance reduction program (PIRP).
In Montana, completing a traffic school course can be taken to:
- Dismiss a traffic ticket.
- Reduce your insurance premiums.
- Prevent points being added to your driving record.
Dismiss a Traffic Ticket
Taking a traffic school course can result in a traffic ticket dismissal, depending on your violation. Check your traffic ticket or contact the court handling your case for more information.
Drivers 55 years old or older will receive a discount in auto insurance rates once they complete a traffic school course. Drivers younger than 55 years old will need to check with their insurance provider to see if their rates can be discounted.
Driving Record Points
The Montana Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) keeps track of the number of points accrued on driving records. Drivers can have their MT driver’s license suspended or revoked if they receive too many points.
Common traffic violations and their associated points include:
- Not stopping at a stop sign – 2 points.
- Driving without a valid driver’s license – 2 points.
- Speeding – 3 points.
- Reckless driving – 5 points.
- Driving while your driver’s license is suspended – 6 points.
- Driving under the influence of drugs/alcohol – 10 points.
If a driver accumulates 30 points or more in 3 years, their driver’s license will be revoked. For more information see our Suspended License in Montana page.
A traffic school or defensive driving course can be taken from a third-party commercial driving school or online. An alternative for drivers is to complete a Montana DRIVE workshop offered by the Montana Office of Public Instruction.
NOTE: Online courses are currently not approved for point reductions or ticket dismissals in Montana, unless approved by the court handling your case.
Montana traffic school courses usually last 4 hours, and you must be present for the required time in order to successfully complete the course. If the course is taken online, timers will be used to ensure drivers fulfill the required hours.
The traffic school course will include topics, such as:
- Safe driving techniques.
- The effects of drugs and alcohol on driving abilities.
- Responding safely in emergency situations.
- Safe driving in hazardous conditions.
Once the traffic school course is completed, the course provider will automatically notify the Montana MVD OR a certificate of completion will be provided. Drivers will need to present the certificate to the MT MVD and their insurance company to have their driving record updated and to receive an insurance discount.
For more information about traffic school courses in Montana, please contact the MT MVD customer service center at (406) 444-3933.Local Traffic Schools
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