Defensive Driving/Driver Improvement Program

The Program at a Glance

  • $95 state mandated fee. All payments must be completed prior to the start of class.
  • Program consists of a 6-hour class
  • Can help with: ticket dismissal, point reduction, license reinstatement, fine reduction, or other court matters
  • Possible insurance premium discount valid for 3 years (minimum of 10%)
  • Offered 7 days a week from 10:00 am-5:00 pm Monday-Saturday and 11:00 am-6:00 pm on Sundays OR Wednesday-Thursday evening from 6:00 pm-9:00 pm both nights

Click on your desired location above to begin registration!


You probably clicked on this tab because you need to get tickets dismissed, points reduced, licenses reinstated, or fines reduced. If you’re on this page for insurance reduction, we have more information for you here. If you’re on this page for any of the reasons previously listed other than insurance reduction, here’s some general information for you about the course.   The course is called “Driver Improvement,” but is more commonly known as “Defensive Driving.” These two names are interchangeable and refer to the same state-regulated program.

The fee for the defensive driving/driver improvement class is $95. The Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) sets and regulates this price. 1 ACT Driving Schools accepts cash, credit, debit, and online payments.

The defensive driving/driver improvement program consists of a 6-hour class. You must attend the class for the full 6 hour period to receive a certificate of completion, as per regulations set by the Georgia DDS.   1 ACT Driving Schools has several options from which to choose to take the defensive driving class.

1 Session All-Day Class (including 1 hour lunch break)

Sunday: 11:00 am-6:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Tuesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Thursday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am-5:00 pm

2 Session Evening Class

Wednesday-Thursday: 6:00 pm-9:00 pm


1 ACT Driving Schools promises that you will walk out of our school with your Department of Driver Services certificate of completion in your hand the second you finish your defensive driving/driver improvement course.  Now that you know the price and class times, here’s what this certificate of completion can do for you!

Ticket Dismissal

All traffic courts in the state of Georgia allow a judges and solicitors the option to dismiss all of or part of a traffic ticket if the offender completes the 6-hour driver improvement program prior to their court date. Georgia traffic lawyers recommend that you take this class for appearing in court, as this will increase your chances of getting your ticket dismissed. If the ticket is dismissed, there will be no points added to your driving record and no increase in your insurance premium.

Point Reduction

The Department of Driver Services allows you to complete the 6-hour driver improvement course every 5 years to remove up to 7 points from your driving record.

License Suspension

If your driver’s license is suspended for any reason, the state of Georgia mandates that you take the 6-hour driver improvement course as part of the steps you must take to get your license reinstated.   If you are under 18 years of age, you must take the defensive driving course to get your license reinstated if you receive one or more tickets that add 4 or more points to your driving record within a 12-month period.   If you are under 21 years of age, you must take the defensive driving course to get your license reinstated if you receive one ticket that adds 4 or more points to your driving record within a 12-month period.

Fine Reduction

If you are given a traffic fine, the 6-hour driver improvement program may be completed for a potential 20% reduction of a traffic fine. This can also result in no points being added to your driving record.

Insurance Reduction

After taking the 6-hour driver improvement course, you may be eligible for a minimum of a 10% discount on your insurance premium. This discount is valid for 3 years. Call your insurance provider to find out if you are eligible for an insurance discount after taking this class. Click here for more information on the insurance discount.   Now that you’ve read all of this information, you should have a better understanding of the driver improvement/defensive driving course and what it does. For more information, call (770) 274-4223, text (404) 590-4570, email, or go to the DDS website.

If you would like to sign up, click here to register for classes in Sandy Springs and click here to register for classes in Lawrenceville. We hope to see you soon!