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  • Point Reduction in Virginia

    If you have received a traffic ticket in Virginia, then a Virginia State Approved Point Reduction Course is a great way to prevent points from appearing on your driving records. I Drive Safely is a good choice for Virginia Point Reduction online.

    Earn VA Safe Driving Points

    Demerit points that result from a VA traffic ticket could lead to increased auto insurance rates and decreased driving privileges. Fortunately, the state offers safe driving points as a way to clean up your record. Those who hold a valid Virginia driver’s license can earn safe points to offset demerit point in two ways:

    • Driving without any violations or suspensions for a certain period of time.
    • Completing a state-approved driver improvement clinic.

    Generally, you can earn safe driving points every couple of years by completing a driver improvement clinic.

    NOTE: If the court requires you to complete a driver improvement clinic, it will also determine whether you’ll be awarded safe driving points.

    For more information about your enrollment options and course completion requirements, please visit our Defensive Driving in Virginia page.

    Complete a Driver Improvement Clinic

    Taking a state-approved driver improvement clinic is the quickest way to take points off your Virginia driving record. You might be able to take either a classroom session or a computer-based course online, depending on what the court will accept. If you're a young driver, you must enroll in a clinic offering classroom instruction.

    Those required by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to attend a clinic must complete the full course within a certain time frame. If you fail to complete your defensive driving course by the DMV deadline, you’ll face a driver’s license suspension until you fulfill this requirement.

    Submit Requirements to the Court & VA DMV

    Most likely, the clinic provider will hand and/or mail you a certificate of completion. Your next step is determining who you need to submit this to, along with any other requirements and fees.

    If the court or the VA DMV ordered you to complete a driver improvement clinic, double check on when and how you should submit your completion certificate. For example, a particular court might handle this differently than the DMV, which gives you 90 days to complete the course. Don’t assume your traffic school will notify the court and/or the VA DMV that you passed.

    Check Your Virginia Driving Record

    Once the court processes your VA traffic ticket and you’ve completed a driver improvement clinic, check your driving record to be certain the state’s record reflects the accurate number of points associated with your driver’s license. Even if you haven’t been pulled over in a while, it’s a good idea to periodically check your driving record for accuracy. If you think there is an error on your driving record, you should contact the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

    Instant Virginia Driving Record

    Check for tickets, violations, and confirm your drivers license status with a instant self-check driving record. Each record may include suspensions, points, classifications, vital data, endorsements, expiration and driving status.

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    Get an Auto Insurance Discount

    You can complete a driver improvement clinic for the sole purpose of getting an auto insurance discount. However, if your plan is to use the course to reduce your insurance premium, you will not be eligible to receive safe driving points. Additionally, if a court orders you to complete a clinic, you will not be eligible to receive the car insurance premium reduction.

    After getting a Virginia traffic ticket and having points added to your driving record, you might see an increase in your auto insurances rates at the next renewal. Therefore, take the time to compare car insurance rates online to find the best deal.

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