Point Reduction in New Jersey
New Jersey allows drivers to enroll in state-approved defensive driving courses for driving record point reduction. Drivers can enroll once every five years for a two-point reduction.
The state approves a variety of six-hour classroom and online courses for point reduction. These courses are not to be confused with the Driver Improvement Program (DIP) or Probationary Driver Program (PDP) courses. See below for more information on those.
NOTE: The MVC will remove three points from your record if you complete one year without any violations or suspensions. The year starts on the date of your last violation or most recent license restoration.
No Dismissed Traffic Tickets
NJ courts don’t dismiss tickets for attending any type of driving school.
Driver Improvement Programs
The state’s driver improvement programs differ from the defensive driving program in that the courts or MVC usually mandate driver improvement programs for at-risk drivers.
You can learn more about these programs in our NJ Traffic Schools section, but below is a brief outline.
Driver Improvement Program (DIP)
The DIP is for drivers who have accumulated 12-14 driving record points; they can enroll in this program to avoid license suspension. The program costs $150 and removes three points from the record.
Probationary Driver Program (PDP)
The PDP is similar to the DIP, except it’s geared toward probationary drivers―drivers who’ve been issued driver license permits for the first time. This period last two years, and if a probationary driver receives two or more moving violations for a total of four or more points, he must enroll in the PDP. The cost is $150 and the program removes three points from the record.
Because of the wide variety of classroom and online courses the state approves, exact curriculum and cost varies; however, per New Jersey’s requirements, you can expect to learn basic accident-prevention driving techniques such as how to drive defensively, rather than offensively, and how to handle a number of driving conditions.
Many NJ drivers choose to enroll in online defensive driving courses because of the convenience they offer. When you take an online course, you can complete the course on your own schedule. This flexibility works well for people already juggling college classes, families, and jobs.Other Topics in This Section