I'm not sure if I'm eligible to take a Virginia driver improvement course. How do I find out?
If you are being ordered by the DMV to complete a defensive driving course, you will receive notice in the mail mandating that you attend. Similarly, if you are being ordered by the court to complete a driver improvement course, you will receive referral at your court date.
If you need court permission to reduce points or fines/fees with a defensive driving course, you can contact your court before your court date to request permission to do so. Generally, you must meet the following requirements:
- ● You must hold a valid non-commercial Virginia drivers license.
- ● You have been cited for a minor moving violation.
- ● You do not have any outstanding violations on your record, and your license has not been suspended or revoked.
- ● The Age Requirement for Driver Improvment was removed in 2020.
Is there an age requirement to complete a driver improvement course online?
How often can I take a driver improvement course in Virginia?
You may take the course once every 24 months (2 years) for point reduction or to receive 5 safe driving points. If you are taking it as part of a court order, or for ticket dismissal/fine reduction, there is no completion limit.