Defensive Driving in West VirginiaPage Overview
Defensive Driving in West Virginia
Taking a defensive driving course has many benefits. You may want to take a course voluntarily to learn how to be a safer driver, or it may be a requirement of a traffic court or the WV Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
This page gives you information about defensive driving courses (also known as traffic school) in the state, and why you should complete one.
Defensive driving courses in West Virginia may help you:
- Remove points from your driving record.
- Lower your car insurance rates.
- Dismiss a traffic ticket.
Remove Driving Record Points
In West Virginia, you can complete traffic school to have points removed from your driving record.
You can have up to 3 points reduced from your existing record each time you complete a course. However, you can take a course only once every 12 months for point reduction purposes. To determine your eligibility, contact the WV DMV.
If you’re a problem driver and have accumulated 14 points or more on your driving record, you will not be eligible to use the defensive driving course to remove a driver’s license suspension.
To check your driving record and keep track of your points, see our Driving Records in West Virginia page.
Auto Insurance Discounts
Many states offer insurance rate reductions if you successfully complete a traffic school course. To find out if you’re eligible for a rate reduction, please contact your insurance policy provider directly. For more information, you can also visit our page on Defensive Driving and Driver Training Discounts.
Dismiss a Traffic Ticket
In some cases, if you receive a traffic ticket, the court may allow you to dismiss it by attending traffic school. This will usually depend on your violation and your driving history.
In order to be eligible to attend traffic school to dismiss a ticket, you usually have to meet the following requirements:
- You hold a valid West Virginia driver's license.
- Your ticket was given for committing no more than one violation.
- You must not have taken a traffic school course within the last 12-18 months (varies by state).
- You must not have been driving a commercial vehicle when cited.
In some circumstances, the court may require you to complete a defensive driving course as part of your punishment.
For more information, check your traffic ticket or contact the court handling your case.
You must register for a defensive driving course in advance by calling one of the following providers:
- West Virginia Driver Training: (304) 424-6307.
- Able Driving School: (540) 350-4716.
- Bluefield AAA: (304) 327-8187.
Defensive driving courses are also offered online. Be sure to check if the West Virginia DMV approves the course, prior to enrolling. You may contact the DMV by calling (800) 642-9066.
Defensive driving courses in West Virginia generally take between 4 to 8 hours to complete.
You will likely need to pass a final exam in order to successfully complete the course. Depending on your reason for taking the course and your chosen provider, you may be given more than one attempt to pass the test.
NOTE: Be sure to confirm if you MUST complete the course in person, or whether you have the option of completing it online.
If you choose the online traffic school option, you will typically need to complete the course within 180 days of registration. This may vary depending on your course provider.
If you do not successfully complete the course within the required time, you may fail the course and you will not be eligible for a refund.Other Topics in This Section