Point Reduction in Washington DC
In Washington D.C., you can enroll in a DMV-approved traffic school to remove points from your driving record.
You cannot enroll voluntarily for point reduction; you can only enroll in relation to a current moving violation and at the approval of your hearing examiner.
While not completely dismissing your traffic ticket (you still have to pay the ticket fine), the course will remove the violation’s points from your driving record.
The defensive driving course is available online for you to complete at your own pace. It will typically include information about:
- Washington, D.C. traffic laws.
- Defensive driving techniques.
- Developing safe driving attitudes and behaviors.
- Avoiding accidents.
- Sharing the road with other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.
- Alcohol/drug related offenses and consequences.
For more information, please visit our Defensive Driving in Washington, D.C. page.
Even if you are not eligible to take one of the online defensive driving courses to dismiss the points associated with a traffic violation, completing a course voluntarily can still benefit your future as a driver. You'll gain new safe driving skills and knowledge that may help to reduce your chances of committing traffic violations and causing accidents in the future.
Good Driving Points in WA, D.C.
You also can reduce points by accumulating what D.C. calls “good” or “safe” points.
Basically, you receive a "good" point at the end of each calendar year during which you didn't commit any moving violations and you maintained a valid Washington, D.C. driver’s license. Later, if you receive a moving violation, the WA D.C. DMV will apply any "good" points you’ve accumulated and offset the violation points.
Once your hearing examiner gives you the green light, you have:
- 15 days to pay your ticket.
- 30 days to complete the course.
NOTE: These are calendar days, including weekends and holidays, from the date of your hearing examiner’s decision.Other Topics in This Section