The course is 8 video modules with an accompanying workbook. Class participation and discussion is encouraged. At the end of each module, there is a lesson assessment to make sure every student is grasping the concepts presented.
Once the modules and lesson assessments are complete, a final exam with 50 multiple choice questions is given. To receive certification, a minimum of 80% is required on the exam. The course completion certificate is passed out at the end of the course.
If you fail the final exam, you may return to take the exam again at no additional charge. However, per Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles rules, you can only take the final exam once per calendar day.
Q: What should I bring to class?
A: You need to bring photo ID, preferably a learner's permit, driver's license or state ID.
If you do not have your license, please bring another form of photo ID and please bring something that has your DMV customer number listed (e.g., DMV letter, driving record, court summons). We cannot record your completion of the course to DMV without your customer number.
You can bring any drinks or snacks you'd like to class. We will take a 30-minute lunch break. We have a mini-fridge and microwave if you decide to pack a lunch.
Q: What is the benefit of completing a driver improvement course?
A: When you satisfactorily complete a driver improvement clinic, you'll learn defensive driving techniques that can help you avoid and prevent crashes.
Q: What are the reasons to take this course?
A: You may be awarded 5 safe driving points, once every 24 months, after you successfully complete a driver improvement course. If a court requires you to complete a course, the court determines if you will be awards safe driving points. If the DMV requires you to complete a course, you usually have 90 days to meet the requirement and upon completion you will receive 5 safe driving points.
Q: How much does this course cost?
A: The price for the driver improvement course is $70.
If you hold a commercial driver's license (CDL) or committed an offense while operating a commercial motor vehicle, and you are required to attend a driver improvement course, you must satisfactorily complete a commercial driver improvement course designed specifically for commercial drivers. We have a commercial driver improvement instructor on staff if you need this requirement.
If you take a driver improvement course to reduce your insurance premium, you will not be eligible to receive safe driving points. If a court assigns you to complete a course, you will not be eligible to receive the insurance premium reduction.