SC Point Reduction Course

Reduce the points on your driving record in South Carolina and enhance your defensive driving skills with our Virtual 8-hour Defensive Driving Course as well as In-Person Training at SC Technical Colleges. A reduction in points may be made one time in a three-year period.

Virtual 8-Hour Defensive Driving

Our most comprehensive defensive driving curriculum, this 8-hour, highly interactive classroom course provides the highest level of defensive driving knowledge and skills. The course is instructed virtually and accepted by the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles (SCDMV) for point reduction. Successful completion of this course will reduce four (4) points off your driver's license or CDL license. A reduction in points may only be made one time in a three-year period.

Please check your SCDMV point status. The points must be on your SC driver's license BEFORE you register for a course.

We cover the benefits of being a safe and responsible driver as well as techniques for avoiding high-risk driving behaviors. You'll learn how to respond to immediate dangers and anticipate potential hazards. Plus, your certificate can be used for an insurance discount (where offered by your insurance company). 

Register for the Virtual Course

Virtual Class Requirements

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    Access to internet

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    Computer or tablet (not compatible with phones)

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    Class workbook (mailed after registration)

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    Zoom link (emailed after registration)

How can I reduce my driving record points in SC? 

This virtual course is accredited by the SCDMV as the point reduction program. To reduce four points off your driver's or CDL license, you simply register and complete the class. We'll report that you've successfully finished the course to the SCDMV, and they will reduce your points. 

What are driving record points?

If you break traffic laws, you may earn points against your South Carolina driver's license. The purpose of the point system is to make problem drivers improve their driving habits and protect innocent people from careless and reckless drivers. Point systems vary by state. Learn more about the SC point system

What if I have less than four points?

If you only have one, two, or three points and you request a point reduction, you can deduct the points showing on your record at the time. Keep in mind, that you will not be eligible to receive point reduction again for three years.

How can I avoid suspension?

If you receive 12 or more points, you can avoid suspension by attending a defensive driving course to reduce four points.

  • You will have 30 days from the date of the suspension notice until the date the suspension begins. Once the suspension begins, the point reduction will not cancel the suspension.
  • If the violation date is before the Defensive Driving Course completion date, credit of up to four points will be given. All violations occurring after the completion date of the course will not be accepted.
  • This point reduction course is good once every three years.

*This information about point reduction only applies to individuals with a valid South Carolina driver's license. All questions regarding driver license status or violation information should be referred to Driver Services at (803) 896-5000.

Can I take this class to reduce my points in another state? 

Check your state's requirements first and ensure they will accept NSC 8-Hour Defensive Driving course certificates. For out-of-state drivers, we provide an official certificate of completion to you. Then it's your responsibility to submit the certificate to the state or organization that needs a copy.

How do I check the points on my driving record? 

You can get a summary of your driver record points for free online at the SC DMV website. You'll need a few pieces of information like your license number, social security number and date of birth.

Will this class remove or erase my traffic ticket or violation from my driving record?

No. The 8-hour Defensive Driving course only reduces the points on your driving record. Traffic violations (tickets) stay on your record with the SCDMV for at least 5 years.

Can Georgia drivers attend the SC Point Reduction class?

Georgia drivers can receive point reduction from certified driver improvement schools. For more information about point reduction in Georgia, visit the Georgia Department of Driver Services site.   

Are these classes offered in Spanish?

At this time, we only offer English-speaking instruction; however, the virtual class on Zoom will allow you to turn on translation closed captions for Spanish and other languages. Click here for instructions to help you turn the translation feature on during your class. Please notify us immediately when you register for a course, and we will mail a Spanish workbook that you can use during class. You can simply reply to your registration confirmation email to let us know that you need a Spanish workbook, or call our office at (800) 733-6185.

Courses for Companies & Insurance Discounts

Interested in boosting your company's safety training? You're welcome to explore our 8-hour program as well as our 4-hour defensive driving course, which is most commonly used by companies. The 4-hour course is also widely accepted for corporate or individual insurance discounts (check with your insurer). These defensive driving skills could save your life. 

4-Hour Defensive Driving Course

Point Reduction Contact

Have questions about the point reduction program in South Carolina? Reach out. Wondering if the SC point reduction will apply in your state? Check with your state's Department of Motor Vehicles. 

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