Georgia Defensive Driving/ Georgia Driver Improvement Course (6 hour classroom)

GARDE Curriculum
Georgia DDS Certification # 707

You may attend any class on zoom or in-person.

Driver Improvement courses may be court ordered, pending traffic tickets, taken for point count reduction, driver’s license reinstatement (non alcohol or drug related), insurance premium reduction, or personal education.  These are classroom only sessions.  No driving is involved.

Georgia Point System explained

Reasons to take a Defensive Driving/Driver Improvement Course

Reinstatement (Georgia) $95.00

You must complete the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program, before your license will be reinstated, if you were suspended for any traffic violation or point count accumulation.

  • Over 21, a driver with 15 points in a 24 month period will have their license suspended.
  • Hit and Run
  • No Insurance
  • Suspended Registration

Point Count Reduction (Georgia only) $95.00

In accordance with O.C.G.A §40-5-86, licensed Georgia residents may request that GA DDS reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia Driver’s license.

Up to 7 points may be reduced once every 5 years from your Georgia MVR.

Point Count Reduction and Reinstatement (Georgia) $95.00

Your license is suspended (non alcohol and drug related offenses) and you still have points on your record.

You may complete the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program to reinstate and remove up to 7 of the existing points on your record. 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 may be reduced once every 5 years.

Court or Probation Requirements (Alabama) $95.00

Many courts in Alabama will dismiss a ticket for a traffic violation if the offender completes the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program.  You must first go to court and ask the judge for permission to take the course.  If the ticket is dismissed, there will be no points placed on your driving record and your insurance will not increase.

Court or Probation Requirements (Georgia) $95.00

Don’t pay your traffic ticket at the window prior to court; if you do, the points will be added to your (MVR) Motor Vehicle Record. Instead, go to court, present your DDC Certificate of Completion to the judge and ask if they will accept the certificate and keep the points off your MVR. While you may still be charged with the violation, the points will not be added to your MVR, and the judge can reduce your fine by 20% under Georgia Law.  The violation will still appear on your driving record.

You may be required to completed the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program by a judge or your probation officer.

Insurance Discounts (Any State) $40.00

If you are under 65 and have had a clean driving record for 3 years, you may take the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program to receive a 10% -20% discount on your auto insurance premium. The insurance discount percentage is determined by your insurance company. 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.

Senior Insurance Discounts (Any State) $25.00

If you are 65 and older and have had a clean driving record for 3 years, you may take the 6-hour Defensive Driving Program to receive a 10% -20% discount on your auto insurance premium. The insurance discount percentage is determined by your insurance company. 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.

Attending In-Person:

Sign up in advance or just walk-in 20 minutes before any class starts.

Attending On Zoom:

Sign up in advance so we can email you the zoom link for your class.

Defensive Driving Course Schedule

DATESARRIVE BYBREAK TIME
SUNDAY June 26 from
9am-4pm
arrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 8:45am(Lunch Break 12-1)
Thursday June 30 from 3pm-10pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 2:45pm(Dinner Break 6-7)
SATURDAY July 2 from 9am-4pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 8:45am(Lunch Break 12-1)
Thursday July 7 from 3pm-10pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 2:45pm(Dinner Break 6-7)
SUNDAY July 10 from 9am-4pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 8:45am(Lunch Break 12-1)
Thursday July 14 from 3pm-10pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 2:45pm(Dinner Break 6-7)
SATURDAY July 16 from 9am-4pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 8:45am(Lunch Break 12-1)
Thursday July 21 from 3pm-10pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 2:45pm(Dinner Break 6-7)
SATURDAY July 23 from 9am-4pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 8:45am(Lunch Break 12-1)
Thursday July 28 from 3pm-10pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 2:45pm(Dinner Break 6-7)
SATURDAY July 30 from 9am-4pmarrive at Barber’s or login on zoom by 8:45am(Lunch Break 12-1)

Defensive Driving FAQs

How often may I take a Driver Improvement course for points reduction?

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 may be reduced once every 5 years.

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 paperwork 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

I took a Driver Improvement course for license reinstatement. Can I use the same Certificate of Completion for points reduction?

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.

What is the cost of a Driver Improvement Course?

For license reinstatement, points reduction, or court purposes, clinics must charge $95. For Driver Improvement classes taken for any other reason, clinics may charge a fee up to $95. Other reasons include insurance premium reduction and educational purposes.

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