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    Remove West Virginia Driving Record Points

    Completion of a state-approved defensive driving course (DDC) will earn you a driving record point reduction. This option is limited to once every 12 months.

    If your West Virginia driver's license has been suspended for too many points on your driving record, your suspension will not be rescinded for completing the course. You must ride out the suspension and satisfy all license reinstatement requirements.

    If, however, you've received a notice of suspension for accumulating too many driving record points, you may be able to complete a defensive driving course to avoid your driver's license from being suspended.

    A driving record point credit will not be be given if you take the course without any points on your driving record.

    For more information, please visit our Defensive Driving in West Virginia page.

    Complete a WV Defensive Driving Course

    Contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a list of approved schools in your area.

    Unfortunately, the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) does not recognize online courses at this time.

    Typically, your defensive driving course will cover topics, such as:

    • West Virginia traffic laws.
    • Violations and penalties.
    • Defensive driving tips and techniques.
    • Developing safe driving attitudes and behaviors.
    • Avoiding accidents.
    • Sharing the road with other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians.

    Even if you are not eligible to receive a driving record point credit for completing a defensive driving course, completing one can still be beneficial. You can directly apply the lessons you'll learn to your driving, and you may be able to significantly lower your chances of violating West Virginia traffic laws and causing accidents in the future.

    If you take a defensive driving course voluntarily for reasons other than reducing points, you'll have the luxury of choosing between either a classroom or online traffic school.

    Submit Requirements to the West Virginia DMV

    Most defensive driving courses will directly submit your completion certificate to the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Since all programs have different policies, verify with the course instructor; otherwise, the responsibility is yours for delivering the completion certificate to the WV DMV.

    Points will not be reduced until the DMV receives the completion certificate. Keep this in mind if you're attempting to waive off a driver's license point suspension.

    Check Your West Virginia Driving Record

    Once you've completed your traffic school course, verify that points were removed from your driving record. If you detect any errors, immediately contact the West Virginia Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to rectify the situation.

    It is especially important to order your driving record if you were at risk of a driver's license point suspension. Your driving record will show you whether your WV driver's license is listed as valid or suspended in the West Virginia DMV database.

    Instant West Virginia 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

    Check with your auto insurance provider if it rewards DDC attendance with rate discounts. Depending on your car insurance company, you could receive a safe driver rate reduction. If you find your rates have increased too much after accumulating driving record points, you should consider shopping for a new car insurance provider.

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