Point Reduction in South Carolina
You can complete a South Carolina National Safety Council (SCNSC) defensive driving course or an approved equivalent once every few years for a driving record point reduction, which could mean the difference between a valid and suspended driver's license.
Even if you are not eligible to receive a driving record point reduction, completing a defensive driving course can still be helpful to reduce your risk of committing traffic violations and causing accidents in the future.
For more information about your enrollment options and completion requirements, please visit our Defensive Driving in South Carolina page.
No Ticket Dismissal
Generally, courts don’t allow these courses for ticket dismissal. However, your judge may allow you to complete a defensive driving course on a case-by-case basis depending upon your specific circumstances and the nature of your traffic violation.
Prevent License Suspension
You can complete a course to prevent a driver's license suspension. Just complete a course and provide the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) with a copy of your certificate (see below) within about a month of receiving your suspension notice. Specific details should be provided on your notice.
Any later than the deadline and your driver's license suspension takes effect.
Each college within the SC Technical College System offers an approved defensive driving course. The SCNSC helps you choose the one closest to you.
SCNSC courses are typically 8 hours long. Each college sets its own price, but courses generally cost no more than $100.
Completing the course will remove driving record points, but only those that were received for violations that occurred before the date of course completion. For example, if you currently have points on your driving record, the course will remove those points but will not credit any other points to your record to use for future violations.
NOTE: You don’t have to take a course from one of the colleges, but your course must still be affiliated with the National Safety Council to qualify for point reduction.Other Topics in This Section