Point Reduction in Virginia
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.
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.Other Topics in This Section