Point Reduction in North Carolina
There are two scenarios for removing points from your driving record in North Carolina:
- If you accumulate too many driving record points, you will be ordered by the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to attend a driver improvement clinic. Upon completion of the course, the DMV will remove points from your driving record.
- Request permission from the court, before your hearing date, to participate in a deferral program with the intent of having points reduced or dismissed from your driving record. The rules on this vary by district. Either consult legal counsel for assistance, or contact the District Attorney's office for the county in which you were ticketed.
Enrollment in either scenario requires paying a tuition fee.
For more information about your enrollment options, course curriculum, and completion requirements, please visit our Defensive Driving in North Carolina page.
Those Not Eligible To Dismiss a North Carolina Traffic Ticket
You are ineligible to get points removed from your driving record if:
- You hold a commercial driver's license.
- You have a non-commercial driver and have recently had points removed from your driving record. The option to enroll in a driver improvement clinic to have points removed is limited.
- You were ticketed for driving while intoxicated (DWI).
While you may not be eligible to dismiss a ticket or reduce your driving record points, completing a defensive driving course/traffic school can still be beneficial. Your course will typically cover topics ranging from traffic laws and violations to defensive driving tips and safe driving behaviors. The knowledge you gain after completing the course may help to reduce your chances of violating North Carolina traffic laws and causing accidents in the future.
The court and/or the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) may give you a course completion deadline. Failing to honor this date may forfeit your chance for having your ticket dismissed or points removed from your driving record. Also, be sure the course you're attending meets court or NC DMV approval. If you're unsure, contact the court or the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for confirmation.Other Topics in This Section