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Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic

Earn 5 Safe Driver Points and satisfy a court or DMV requirement.

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Take the Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic to Satisfy a Court Order

You may take our course to satisfy a court order to complete a driver improvement clinic (a.k.a., traffic school). The Virginia District Court may direct you to complete a driver improvement program in addition to other penalties in response to a guilty plea. The judge also has the option to keep points from being added to your record or granting a reduction in fines.

Over half the drivers who take our course choose "court-ordered point reduction" as the reason. About 10% of drivers who take our course choose "court-ordered fine reduction" as the reason.

Each court specifies its own procedures for taking a driver improvement course. You must check with your court to understand your options. In many cases an attorney may be prudent.

When you complete our driver improvement course, you will take your Certificate of Completion to your court to prove that you have completed a driver improvement clinic.

We will separately notify the DMV of your completion as well. We typically notify the DMV within one day, except for completions that occur on Fridays, weekends, or holidays. In those cases we notify the DMV on the next business day.


Take the Virginia Driver Improvement Course Voluntarily

About a quarter of the drivers who take our course do so voluntarily. During registration, choose "voluntary" to choose this reason. You may want to choose this reason if:

  • You want 5 Safe Driver points added to your record.
  • You want to show the judge you have proactively completed driver improvement.
  • You simply want to refresh your knowledge of driving laws and good driving behavior.

We will notify the DMV of your completion. We typically notify the DMV within one day, except for completions that occur on Fridays, weekends, or holidays. In those cases we notify the DMV on the next business day.


Take the Virginia Driver Improvement Course to Satisfy a DMV Requirement

About 10% of drivers take our course to satisfy a DMV requirement. During registration, choose "Dmv Required" to choose this reason. The DMV will direct you to complete a driver improvement course if you have accumulated too many demerit ("bad") points:

  • Twelve (12) points in twelve (12) months if you are eighteen years old or older.
  • Eighteen (18) points in twenty-four (24) months if you are eighteen years old or older.

The point threshold is stricter for drivers under eighteen:

  • Nine (9) points in twelve (12) months if you are under eighteen years old.
  • Twelve (12) points in twenty-four (24) months if you are under eighteen years old.

We will notify the DMV of your completion. We typically notify the DMV within one day, except for completions that occur on Fridays, weekends, or holidays. In those cases we notify the DMV on the next business day.


Take the Virginia Driver Improvement Course to Get an Insurance Discount

Many insurance companies offer insurance discounts to drivers who complete a driver improvement clinic. Check with your insurance provider to see if they offer this discount. Usually a two-year discount on a portion of the premium is available.

If your insurance provider offers this discount, select the "Insurance Discount" option when you register. When you complete the course, print a copy of your Certificate of Completion and deliver it to your insurance company.


We Notify the DMV of Your Completion

No matter the reason you take the course, we will automatically notify the DMV of your completion. This happens electronically and usually occurs within one day of your completion. However, we notify the DMV on the next business day when completions occur on Fridays, weekends, or holidays.


How Does the Virginia Driver Improvement Course Work?

Our course is quick and easy. Get everything done in three simple steps!

Step One: Register for the course.

Create a username and password and fill out your contact information.

Step Two: Take the course.

Our course consists of 12 short online lessons. You must pass a short quiz at the end of each lesson to proceed to the next lesson. A final exam must be passed at the end to be awarded a certificate. We offer a handy study sheet for the final exam. The exam must be taken at a test center unless you hold an out-of-state license. We offer many convenient test centers (Test Centers). Most people pass the exam on the first try. However, you are permitted to take the exam an unlimited number of times at no extra charge. Those with an out-of-state license are permitted to take the exam online.

You may log in and out of the course as often as you like. Complete it in one sitting or come and go on your own schedule. It's completely up to you!

Step Three: Get your Certificate of Completion.

When you complete the course, you will receive a Certificate of Completion. We provide FREE certificate shipping via USPS First Class Mail, but you can select an expedited shipping method for an additional fee if you prefer. Take the certificate to the court or insurance company if you are taking the course for a court-ordered requirement or to obtain an insurance discount. Keep a copy for your records. Those who are taking the course to satisfy a DMV requirement may simply keep a copy for their records. We will automatically notify the DMV of your completion. Notification typically occurs within one day of completion.


Why Safe2Drive?

At Safe2Drive, we put our customers above everything else. We pride ourselves on providing excellent customer service and top-notch courses at low prices. We're constantly updating our courses to make sure they have the most up-to-date information and use the best technology available.

Best of all, our courses are easy to complete and extremely convenient. Skip the hassle of the classroom and take your course online from the comfort of your own home (or on the go!).

Approved in all counties.

So what are you waiting for? Get started today!

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Frequently Asked Questions

General Note

We have made every attempt to answer the most commonly asked Virginia Driver Improvement questions. Please call or email us if your question is not here. In Virginia, driving school is also commonly called Driver Improvement. The two programs are one and the same.

How do I know my county or court will accept Safe2Drive programs?

We are approved in all counties, cities, and courts in Virginia.

Why should I take the Virginia Driver Improvement course?

Drivers take this course for one of four reasons.

Attendance Reason
Description
Safe Driver Points

Court Required
Drivers required by the court to complete the course
Safe driving points are awarded (most times)

DMV Required
Drivers required by the DMV to complete the course
Safe driving points are awarded (excludes drivers under age 18)

Insurance
Drivers completing the course receive an insurance discount; you must verify eligibility with your insurance company
No safe driving points awarded

Volunteer
Drivers completing the course voluntarily
Safe driving points are awarded

Take this course if you are required by the court or DMV to attend an 8-hr Virginia driver improvement clinic. Courts usually require drivers to attend a driver improvement clinic as a result of a traffic ticket. The DMV usually requires drivers who accumulate too many points to attend driver improvement. You may also take this course voluntarily to earn 5 safe driver points or obtain an insurance discount.

How long does the Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic take?

This course satisfies is 8 hours in length. You can take the course at your leisure. Simply log in and out as often as you wish.

Must I finish the Virginia Driver Improvement Clinic in one sitting?

No, you can come and go as often as you like. We provide an unlimited number of logins. Just use your username and password to login. We take you back to where you left off each time you return.

How does the Virginia Driver Improvement course work?

Our course consists of 12 lessons and a final exam. The lessons are made up of reading material, videos, animations, and interactive exercises. A short quiz is given at the end of each lesson. The final exam consists of multiple-choice questions.

VA residents are required by the DMV to take the online exam at a test center. Non-residents may take the online exam at home. Our online exam consists of multiple-choice questions and requires about 15-20 minutes to complete.

Safe2Drive uses libraries, UPS Stores, community colleges, and classroom-based driving schools for its test locations. Note some test centers charge a separate fee that ranges from $5 - $10.

What happens if I do not pass the exam?

Most people pass the exam the first time. However, you can take the exam as often as necessary without any additional charge. You may take an exam once every 24 hours.

Upon passing the exam we send the certificate to you; you sign it and send it to the court or the insurance company. There is no need to send the certificate to the DMV. We notify the DMV of your completion automatically.

What happens if I do not pass a lesson quiz?

Most people pass each quiz the first time. However, if you fail a lesson quiz, you will have to retake it as many times as necessary until you achieve a 70% or better (3 out of 4 questions correct) before moving on to the next lesson.

Is there an age requirement?

You must be 20 years old or older. If you are under age 20, this computer-based driver improvement clinic will NOT satisfy a driver improvement clinic requirement. You must satisfactorily complete a clinic that provides classroom instruction.

Do you send the certificate straight to the court?

No. We will send the certificate to you. You must sign it and deliver it to the court.

How soon will I get my Virginia Driver Improvement certificate?

Your Certificate of Completion will be mailed to your address via USPS First-Class Mail at no cost to you. For students who complete and pass the entire course by 4PM CST (Monday-Friday), the certificate will be processed and mailed the same day. Allow 3-4 days for delivery. For students who complete and pass the course after 4PM CST, the certificate will be processed and mailed the following business day. We offer FedEx Overnight and 2-Day Delivery if you need your certificate sooner.

What is the cost of the Virginia Driver Improvement course?

The VA Driver Improvement course price is $33.95.

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