Point Reduction in Wisconsin
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.
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.Other Topics in This Section