Frequently Asked Questions – Indiana
Known also as a driver safety course or a defensive driving course, an Indiana Driver Safety Program (DSP) course is a short refresher course on some of the most important aspects of defensive driving.
Indiana drivers can take a DSP course for the following reasons:
- To satisfy a court order or BMV requirement
- To prevent violation points from appearing on your driving record
- To earn a 4-point safer driver credit
- To earn a potential auto insurance discount
If you are being ordered by the BMV to complete a course, you will receive notice in the mail mandating that you attend.
If you need court permission to reduce points with a course, generally you must meet the following requirements:
- You must hold a valid non-commercial Indiana 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
If you still are unclear as to whether you qualify for traffic school, contact your court and request more information concerning your particular circumstances. We have all of the eligibility requirements and steps to take for the Indiana courses listed on our how it works page.
The Indiana BMV website provides a list of DSP providers that are approved to meet all state requirements.
All Indiana DSP courses must meet the state-mandated 4-hour length requirement.
Topics covered in DSP courses may include:
- Highway safety
- Alcohol- and drug-impaired driving
- State traffic laws
- Driving emergencies