Georgia State law requires you to attend a State certified Defensive Driving course if your license has been revoke or suspended for any reason other than drugs or alcohol, The Department of Driver Services (DDS) regulates Driver Improvement Clinics also referred to as Defensive Driving Clinics (DDC). The course is designed to teach drivers about safe driving attitudes and behaviors.
The Department of Driver Services (DDS) regulates Driver Improvement Clinics also referred to as Defensive Driving Clinics (DDC). All clinics must provide standard instructions from one of the DDS approved curriculums.
Benefits of Defensive Driving
- Points Reduction – licensed Georgia residents may request that DDS reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia Driver’s license up to 7 points once every 5 years.
- Suspension of License – If your license has been suspended for reasons other than DUI, you must complete the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program before your license is reinstated.
- Fine Reduction – Taking the 6hrs Defensive driving course may significant reduce your traffic ticket fine and prevent points from being added to your license.
- Insurance Discounts – Most insurance companies will give you 10 – 15% discount on your insurance, if you take the 6hrs defensive driving course and have had a clean driving record for the past 3yrs
- Improvement of Driving Skills and knowledge of new driving rules & regulations (Click on FAQ Below for more information).
Frequently Asked Questions About: Defensive Driving (Click on question to get answer)
Driver Improvement is a 6 hour course designed to teach drivers about safe driving attitudes and behaviors.
There is no difference. Driver Improvement and Defensive Driving are interchangeable terms.
Driver Improvement courses may be court ordered, taken for points reduction, driver’s license reinstatement, insurance premium reduction, or personal education.
Driver’s Education is a separate program required for 16-year-olds to obtain their Class D license.
Driver Improvement is a program geared toward safety education for licensed drivers of any age.
You may use a Certificate of Completion from a DDS approved course taught at a certified Driver Improvement Clinic for certain matters related to your driver’s license. Driver Improvement courses not approved by DDS, such as AARP, cannot be used for driver’s license related issues.
Click here for a list of certified Driver Improvement Clinics.
For license reinstatement or points reduction, clinics must charge $95. For Driver Improvement classes taken for any other reason (i.e. insurance premium reduction, educational purposes), clinics may charge up to $95.
No. DDS does not recognize online Driver Improvement courses for driver’s license related issues. Certificates of completion from online Driver Improvement courses are not accepted by the DDS for any purposes related to an individual’s driver’s license or driving privileges.
No. It is classroom instruction only.
In accordance with O.C.G.A §40-5-86, licensed Georgia residents may request that DDS reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia Driver’s license up to 7 points once every 5 years.
When you submit the Certificate of Completion to a DDS Customer Service Center, you must inform them at that time that you wish to use it for both license reinstatement and points reduction. You will not be allowed to change the reason for using it once it has been submitted to DDS.
Check with your insurance company to see if you or your family members are eligible for the reduction. For all qualifications you may also refer to O.C.G.A. § 33-9-42.
You must contact the clinic you attended and request a replacement. Driver Improvement records are only retained for three years. If the clinic has closed and you took the class within the past 3 years please call 678-413-8745. A fee up to $5.00 may be charged for the replacement certificate. If it has been longer than three years, you must retake the course.
Yes. All schools have strict attendance policies, which are outlined in the paperwork you sign when you contract with a school to attend one of its courses. You will be expected to arrive on time and to complete each session. Students that arrive late to any session can expect to be denied entry into class and may be required to start the course over again, at full cost.
In addition, students that are absent or leave early from any session may be required to start the course over again, at full cost. It is recommended that you consider the course schedule carefully and take into account any potential scheduling conflicts you may have before signing a contract to attend.
The decision to issue a refund or make alternate arrangements to make up a missed portion of the course is a matter between the student and the school he or she contracts with to take the course. All schools have strict attendance policies, which are outlined in the paperwork a student receives when he or she contracts with a school to attend one of its courses.
You may contact the National Safety Council or AAA (American Automobile Association) to find where you can take a Driver Improvement class in your state. It must be a minimum of 6 hours in a classroom setting and you are not allowed to take the same course twice to equal the 6 hour requirement. Online classes are not accepted at this time.
All complaints related to a school or instructor must be made using the official DDS Complaint Form. The official DDS Complaint Form can be found at the DDS website.
No. Driver Improvement clinics are independently owned and operated and employ their own instructors. The DDS credentials clinics and instructors and ensures compliance in accordance with the requirements set forth by DDS rules and regulations and the Georgia Driver Improvement Act.