FAQs – Virginia Driver Improvement Course
Taking a driver improvement course can help you reduce points and fines associated with traffic tickets, lower your insurance rates, meet court requirements, or earn 5 Safe Driving points to your driving record. It can also make you a safer, more confident driver!
Yes! Our Virginia driver improvement courses are state-approved by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to meet all requirements for point and fine reduction, insurance discounts, and safe driving points.
If you are being ordered by the DMV to complete a driver improvement course (aka 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’ll need to contact the court before your court date.
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.
If you still are unclear as to whether you qualify to take a driver improvement course, contact the court and request more information concerning your particular circumstances.
No, all Virginia residents are eligible to take a driver improvement course, but if you are under age 20, you can’t take an online course; you must enroll in an in-person classroom course.
If you are taking the course to get a car insurance discount and are at least 55 years old, you can take a different crash-prevention course to get a discount that’s good for three years. Drivers who are younger than 55 and voluntarily take a driver improvement course may be eligible for an insurance discount that’s good for two years.
You may take the course once every 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 time constraint.
No. With our online course, you are free to log in and out as much as you want, which means you can work in as many sessions as you need to complete the course!
The Virginia driver improvement program meets the state-mandated 8-hour length requirement. You may work through those 8 hours all in one day if you choose, or you may spread it out over a longer period of time. It is up to you!
Each of your 8 course chapters focuses on topics that pertain to Virginia driving and traffic laws. These topics include:
- Highway safety
- Alcohol- and drug-impaired driving
- State traffic laws
- Driving emergencies
- Vehicle maintenance
Yes, you do. The final exam is 50 multiple-choice questions, and you will need to achieve a passing score of 80% or higher. You can only attempt your final exam once per day, but you get unlimited retakes on the exam. You’re guaranteed to pass the course!
Each of the 8 chapters contains a quiz that reviews important content from that chapter. There are 10 questions per quiz, and you need to obtain an 80% or higher to pass onto the next chapter. The quizzes will provide you with an excellent opportunity to master the course material and prepare for your final exam. You will be provided with feedback on any incorrect answers, and you may retake your quizzes an unlimited amount of times.
You will then take your final exam at the end of your course.
You must score an 80% or higher to pass, and you may retake the exam an unlimited amount of times. You may only attempt your exam once per day, per Virginia state law.
You have unlimited retakes on your chapter quizzes and your final exam, so if you fail to achieve an 80% on your first try, you may simply retake them again until you pass.
Please note that you may only attempt your final exam once per day.
You also must finish the course and pass the test within 180 days of starting the course.
This course is required by Virginia law to span 8 hours in length. To comply with this law, we (and all other online defensive driving schools) are required to place timers on each page of the course. We realize that some students may read faster than the timer will permit you to advance, but state regulations prohibit us from changing this function. The timers cannot be disabled for any reason.