Point Reduction in West Virginia
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Virginia driver's license has been suspended for too many points on your driving record, your suspension will not be rescinded for completing the course.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.
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.Other Topics in This Section