What is the Defensive Driving Program?
It is a court administered program which presents traffic safety classes through court certified commercial schools. It provides Court, Defensive Driving Board and Certification information.
Defensive Driving is:
• Not Traffic Survival School
• Not a student Driver Program
• Not an adult driving course for practical hands on training
What are the benefits?
• No points are assessed to your motor vehicle record
• Your insurance rate does not go up
• You will learn valuable traffic information, driving techniques and laws
Do I have to attend in the City where I was issued the citation?
No, you can attend one of our many convenient locations throughout the valley and the State.
What should I bring to class?
• Students must provide the traffic citation.
• If applicable , court extension.
• A drivers license or other government issued photo id
• Money order or cashier's check made payable to Arizona Traffic Schools
Do I have to contact the court?
If you have only one violation on your ticket there will be no need to contact the court as Arizona Traffic School will contact the court to have your ticket dismissed. We will notify the court when you register and again when you complete the class.
However, many tickets have more than one violation. registration, no drivers license or Proof of insurance violations are often cited in addition to the primary violation. In this case, you will need to resolve these issues with the court by the date indicated on your citation.
What if I can’t attend during the time allowed by the court?
If eligible and the court allows, Arizona Traffic Schools can issue a continuance. If not, you may ask the court for an extension or continuance in order to allow you the extra time you need to attend. It is not required for the court to grant this extra time, but it is permissible at the judge’s discretion. Under court rules, ONE continuance may be granted.
The extension applies ONLY to the violation you are wanting to have dismissed [the violation you are going to class for]. If you have any other violations, these will need to be taken care of by you with the court by the original court date.
You must complete the class 7 days prior to your court date.
Can I be ordered by the court to attend a Defensive Driving School?
Yes, courts do have the right to order a person attend defensive driving school, but in these cases the class is not for dismissal of the violation.
I require an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Are there provisions for me to attend a defensive driving class?
Yes. Individuals are protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act
Can I attend a class via the Internet?
Yes, just click on the internet defensive driving link.
What is the difference between a CDL and a operator's license?
A CDL is for professional drivers [truck drivers, bus drivers, etc.]. If you possess, or possessed at the time of your violation, a CDL, (see below).
I hold a Commercial Driver License, am I eligible for the Defensive Driving Diversion Program?
As of September 1, 2019, if you hold a commercial driver's license, you are eligible only if you were cited while operating a vehicle requiring a Class D or Class M license and the vehicle was not being used for commercial purposes. For further information, view A.R.S. 28-3392.