Point Reduction in Pennsylvania
In Pennsylvania, you can’t take a defensive driving course or traffic school to reduce driving record points; the state doesn’t offer the option.
There are only two ways to reduce points on your driving record with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT):
- Pass a PennDOT-ordered written or on-road exam. This isn’t voluntary; PennDOT orders these exams when you reach too many points on your driving record.
- Maintain a violation-free driving record for about a year.
However, a defensive driving course can still be beneficial. For more information, please visit our Defensive Driving in Pennsylvania page.
No Dismissed Traffic Tickets and Other Considerations
Pennsylvania courts generally don’t dismiss traffic tickets and its associated points for completing a defensive driving course, but your judge may make a special consideration depending on your specific circumstances.
Court-Ordered Traffic School Courses
Sometimes, the court will order you to enroll in a specific driving school. This is always on a case-by-case basis and depends on your violation, your driving history, and the judge. If you are required to take a defensive driving course, your court will typically give a completion deadline and information about any additional fees or documents you may need to submit.
You can’t remove points with a driving course, but you can:
- Sharpen your driving skills.
- Stay up-to-date on traffic laws.
- Develop defensive driving skills
Each of these benefits can help you avoid committing future traffic violations and even help prevent accidents.Other Topics in This Section