Frequently Asked Questions

Check below for answers to the most common questions.  If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, call us at 800.432.5251 or email us at

It depends on your insurance company AND it depends on which state you live in.  Call your insurance company first and they’ll advise you of how much savings you get.  Chances are you can complete the course once and earn 5 – 10% off your rate for up to three years which could mean hundreds of dollars of savings.

There is no guarantee the judge will dismiss your ticket but bring your certificate into court and show the judge; chances are he knows the quality of the National Safety Council defensive driving program.  Ask for court supervision and tell the judge you’ll be a safer driver in the future.

Correct, some states do offer this.  Find the website for your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and learn if they have a point reduction program for taking a defensive driving course.

The program typically takes about 4 hours to complete – all from the comfort of your home.  (The New York program is about 6 hours and the Oregon program is 90 minutes.)

Yes.  Our NSC program can be taken on a PC, MAC, and from most newer mobile devices.

Of course.  You can start and stop as many times as you’d like.  The course bookmarks where you left off.

This varies state to state. During registration, you will be advised how long you have to complete the course based on your state’s laws.  You will always have at least 30 days.


In most cases, yes.  As soon as you successfully complete the program you can print your certificate.  The state of New York, however, requires NSC to print and mail certificates; which you will receive within a few days after having successfully completed the course.

Unfortunately, no.  Each individual seeking some type of benefit (ticket dismissal, insurance discount, point reduction, etc) must complete the course themselves.  If you are taking the program purely to educate yourself, feel free to share the course with other family members.