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How does the online Defensive Driving Course work?

Our VA DMV approved online Virginia driver improvement course is 8 hours in length as required by the state, however you have the ability to log in and out of the course as your schedule allows.  The course will available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any device that is internet enabled (phone, tablet, PC, or laptop), so you don’t have to be online on any particular day or time. The course material is a mixture of text and video that is spread out over 8 units, and there is a multiple choice final exam at the end.  The VA DMV requires that you achieve a score of 80% or higher on the final exam to successfully complete the course.

You can take the test as many times as needed to pass, however you only get one attempt per 24 hours, and your progress is automatically saved as you go. There is a multiple choice final exam at the end to test your retention of the information. The DMV requires a score of 80% or better on the final exam to successfully complete the course. You get unlimited attempts at the exam to pass, should they be needed, however you only get one attempt every 24 hours. An electronic certificate will be processed and available to you for download and printing immediately after passing the final exam. All course completions are also reported electronically to the Virginia DMV on the business day following your course completion.

How does the course work?

Reasons to take a Virginia Driver Improvement Course

18 years of age or older.

Traffic Ticket – Satisfy a court requirement for a traffic ticket in Virginia

18 years of age or older.

DMV Ordered – Meet a DMV order to complete a course to reinstate your license or to prevent license suspension, revocation, or other penalty

18 years of age or older.

Safe Driver Points – Get up to 5 safe driver points on your Virginia driving record

18 years of age or older.

Insurance Discount – Receive a discount on your auto insurance from a participating auto insurance provider.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some courts in the State of Virginia will allow those persons required to complete a Reckless - Aggressive Driver Education Program (RADEP) to complete the Florida 12-hour ADI course because it is available online. Please verify with the court / judge prior to registration to ensure their acceptance.

There are numerous reasons to take the Ticketschool Virginia driver improvement course online.  By being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from any internet enabled device (smartphone, tablet, PC, or laptop), the course offers unmatched accessibility.  Since you can log in and take your course from anywhere with internet access (home, office, coffee shop, etc.), it also offers unmatched flexibility.  You don’t have to be online on any particular day or time, and there is no need to drive to a classroom.  Here are some additional benefits:

  • Lower price than the instructor led classroom course
  • Up to date HD quality videos and engaging animations
  • E-certificate (PDF) available immediately after completion
  • Free reporting to VA DMV
  • Live customer support during business hours

In our easy to use online course, you will learn safe driving practices that will help you become a better and safer driver.

As an approved driver improvement course (a.k.a. traffic school or defensive driving course) our course must follow the regulations set by the Virginia DMV. These requirements are as follows:

Course Length: 8 hours
Number of Units: 8

The course content is offered with a mixture of text and video pages.  Each page has a timer that must expire before you can move to the next page.  The course will automatically save your progress, allowing you to log in and out as your schedule requires.  Each time you login the course will allow you to pick up where you last left off until you have completed.

Final Exam: There is a 50 multiple choice question final exam at the end of the course.  Per DMV rule, you must score an 80% or greater to pass.  You receive an unlimited number of attempts to pass, however you can only attempt the final exam once per 24 hours.  If you do not pass an attempt, you will have the opportunity to go back and review the course material as needed.
ID Verification: Our course uses ID questions to verify your identity throughout.  You will be required to set up 10 ID questions during the course registration, then at random locations, you will be asked one of your 10 ID questions.  Your answer must match the answer provided at registration.  If you answer three questions incorrectly, you will be disqualified from the course.  

Completion Certificate: A electronic (PDF format) certificate will be made available to you immediately following a successful completion of the course (passing the final exam).  You can save / print the certificate as needed.  Ticketschool reports all completions to the DMV.  We DO NOT report completions to the court or insurance companies.  It is your responsibility, if taking the course for a ticket or for insurance discount it is your responsibility to get a copy of the completion certificate to the proper authority per their instructions.

Reporting Completions to VA DMV: All completions are reported to the Virginia DMV as required.  This reporting process is how users get their safe driver points if applicable as well as meet a DMV requirement.  Completions are reported each business day.  Completions on weekends or holidays are reported on the next business day.

State Approved – Our company is licensed by the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles as an “online driver improvement clinic” and a “computer based driver improvement clinic “ as and/or under our corporate name of Driver Training Associates, Inc. (DTA).  

History – We are proud to have been in business for over 45 years and to have been approved and offering online driver improvement courses in Virginia for over 20 years! We are a company you can trust.

Superior Service – While you will likely struggle to find a phone number or reach a live person with other companies, our live customer support is available from 8AM to 6PM EST Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, to assist with any issue. Contact us at (800) 558-9887.

Online course payments are made via an encrypted and secure portal that is included in the registration process. We accept all major debit or credit cards (Visa, MC, Discover, and AMEX).
One of the reasons you can choose to take the course is to receive safe driver points. Virginia licensed drivers have a safe driver point system to encourage safer driving habits. Drivers can earn 1 safe driver point each calendar year they don’t have a ticket or suspension and 5 safe driver points for voluntarily completing a driver improvement course (not due to a ticket). Safe driver points help offset any demerit points that are on your record or could come in the future. This can be helpful to prevent a license suspension, revocation, or other penalty with the DMV. You can take a course once every 2 years for the safe driver point benefit. You cannot get more than 5 safe driver points. If you take the course for a ticket, you will not also receive safe driver points.
We are so confident that you will be satisfied with the quality of course and service that we offer a full 30-day money back guarantee. This guarantee applies to users who are still in progress with the course. Any accounts that have already successfully completed the course, been disqualified for ID verification, or been unable to pass the final exam are not eligible.

Now Approved in The Following States!

Approved in Texas, Missouri, Louisiana, Illinois, Michigan, Tennessee, New York, Virginia, and Florida