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    Remove Wisconsin Driving Record Points

    Successfully completing a defensive driving course/state-approved traffic safety program earns you point reductions from your Wisconsin driving record. This option is allowed once every few years.

    You can choose from a list of state-approved traffic safety schools, offered through Wisconsin's Technical College System. Enrolling in a traffic safety program not sanctioned by the state will not credit your driving record. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will not honor the completion certificate, meaning no point reduction. However, if you are not eligible for a driving record point reduction, taking any type of defensive driving course (state-approved or not) can help you to avoid committing the same traffic violations and receiving fines in the future.

    For more information about your options for enrollment, course curriculum details, and completion requirements, please visit our page on Defensive Driving in Wisconsin.

    Complete a WI Defensive Driving Safety Course

    Wisconsin defensive driving courses are offered throughout the state on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends. It generally lasts about 12 hours, however this may vary depending on the course provider.

    A traffic school course will generally teach you:

    • Defensive driving strategies.
    • Risks and consequences of aggressive driving.
    • Benefits of safety belts and air bags.
    • Wisconsin traffic laws and penalties.
    • Risks associated with speeding.
    • Safe driving techniques.

    Even if you are not eligible to receive a driving record point deduction for completing a traffic school program, completing one can still be beneficial. You can apply the lessons you learn in your defensive driving course directly to your time behind the wheel. The defensive driving techniques and accident avoidance skills can greatly reduce your risk of violating traffic laws and causing accidents in the future.

    Submit Requirements to the Court and DMV

    A course completion certificate will serve as your verification. The course instructor will directly submit it to the Wisconsin DMV and/or court. Play it safe and confirm this with your instructor.

    The school will also send you a copy of the completion certificate for your own records.

    If you were required to complete a defensive driving course by the court, you will likely have a deadline to pass the program and submit your course completion certificate. You may also need to submit additional fees and clearance documents along with your course completion certificate.

    If you take traffic school/defensive driving voluntarily, your deadline for finishing will typically be determined by your course provider.

    Check Your Driving Record in Wisconsin

    Check your Wisconsin driving record after completing your traffic safety course. Verify that the appropriate driving record points were removed. Contact the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) if you notice any errors or if the points have not been removed from your record.

    Remember, too many points can lead to a driver's license suspension. Your driving record will reveal whether your WI driver's license is currently valid or suspended. If you were close to receiving a point suspension, ordering your driving record can be a smart choice.

    Instant Wisconsin 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

    Some car insurance companies reward traffic safety school attendance with premium discounts. Check with your auto insurance agent. If a discount is not offered or if your rates are on the rise, you might want to begin shopping around online for a new insurance provider.

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