Georgia State law requires you to attend a State certified Defensive Driving course if your license has been revoked or suspended for any reason other than drugs or alcohol, The Department of Driver Services (DDS) regulates Driver Improvement Clinics also referred to as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 (Driver Improvement)
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 significantly 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)
1.) What is a Driver Improvement/Defensive Driving Course?
2.) What is the difference between Driver Improvement and Defensive Driving?
3.) Why would I take a Driver Improvement Course?
4.) What is the difference between Driver’s Education and Driver Improvement?
Driver’s Education is a separate program required for 16-year-olds to obtain their Class D license.
Driver Improvement (AKA Defensive Driving) is a program geared toward safety education for licensed drivers of any age.
5.) What is the difference between a Driver Improvement course approved by the Department of Driver Services and a course not approved by the Department of Driver Services?
6.) How do I know the school has been certified?
7.) What is the cost of a Driver Improvement Course?
8.) Can I take a Driver Improvement course online?
9.) Does the Driver Improvement course involve behind the wheel instruction?
10.) How often may I take a Driver Improvement course for points reduction?
11.) I took a Driver Improvement course for license reinstatement. Can I use the same Certificate of Completion for points reduction?
12.) If members of my household complete a Driver Improvement course how can we qualify for a reduction in insurance premiums?
13.) What if I lose my Certificate of Completion?
14.) I was 5 minutes late arriving for class and the instructor would not allow me to attend the class. Can they do that?
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.
15.) Can I get a refund from the school if I’m unable to attend the class or if I was denied entrance because I was late?
16.) What happens if I now live out of state and I need to take a Driver Improvement class to clear up my Georgia Driver’s License?
17.) If I experience problems with a Driver Improvement Clinic, instructor or course, what can I do?
18.) Are Driver Improvement clinics and instructors employees of the DDS?
If you have questions about our Defensive Driving Classes, you may call us at 404-554-8888.