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Virginia Driver Improvement Information

How Traffic Violations and Citations Are Handled in Virginia

In Virginia, if you are caught violating traffic laws, a law enforcement officer will issue you a citation on behalf of the Virginia court system.  However, if you are pulled over and issued a traffic ticket, you have several options.

If you want to pay the ticket, the address and other contact information of the local Virginia court that is overseeing your traffic violation will be included on the citation. You can mail in your fine payment to the local Virginia court that is overseeing your traffic violation. Your citation may or may not disclose the amount you actually owe, so if you need to find out, you can contact the local Virginia county clerk’s office. Most Virginia courts will also offer you a chance to pay in person or online with a credit card.  You will also need the copy of your traffic violation citation on hand when paying by any method.  Keep in mind that when you pay the fine for your traffic violation, you are admitting guilt and the violation will eventually end up on your Virginia driving record.

You may also want to dispute the charges, or appear in court to plead guilty to see if you can have your charges reduced or dismissed.  If this is the case, your traffic ticket will include a date for you to appear and discuss your traffic violation with the Virginia court.  While not always the case, Virginia courts do have the power to reduce or dismiss your ticket, should the judge feel the circumstances warrant such discretion.  The court’s decision will undoubtedly rest on your previous Virginia driving record and the circumstances surrounding your most recent ticket.  However, one of the best ways to amend for your poor driving decisions is to participate in a Virginia online driver improvement program, like the one offered through www.gototrafficschool.com.

If you pay the fine, plead guilty or are convicted the Virginia court handling your traffic ticket will notify the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”).  The Virginia DMV, upon receiving notification of your conviction, will attach the traffic violation to your Virginia driving record.  The length of time that your traffic violation stays on your Virginia driving record depends on the severity of the violation, and can be lengthened if that violation results in a suspension of your Virginia driving privileges.


Demerit Points and Common Traffic Violations in Virginia

The Virginia DMV Point System allows the Virginia DMV to track the driving habits of Virginia drivers and prevent unsafe drivers from remaining on the roads.  In addition, the Virginia DMV also keeps track of your safe driving habits, and will reward you for long periods of time in which you avoid traffic accidents and traffic violations.  The Virginia DMV Points System consists of three point violations, four point violations, and six point violations, which are applied against your Virginia driving record for every traffic violation you incur.  These demerit points last for two years on your Virginia driving record from the date of your conviction.  Some common examples include:

• Speeding by less than 10 mph (3 points)
• Improper u-turns (3 points)
• Failure to obtain a Virginia driver’s license (3 points)
• Speeding between 10-20 mph (4 points)
• Failure to yield (4 points)
• Tailgating (4 points)
• Failure to obey traffic signals (4 points)
• Speeding by more than 20 mph (6 points)
• Reckless driving (6 points)
• DUI’s (6 points)
• Driving after being labeled a “habitual offender” (6 points)

How Safe Driving Points Can Benefit You in Virginia

The Virginia DMV offsets these demerit points by issuing “safe driving points” to Virginia drivers for each year they avoid traffic violations or license suspensions.  You can accumulate up to five safe driving points that will negate demerit points that you incur against your Virginia driving record, although the underlying violations will still remain on your record.  You can also earn safe driving points by enrolling in a Virginia online traffic school, such as the driver improvement program offered by www.gototrafficschool.com, which has been authorized by Virginia courts and the Virginia DMV to satisfy Virginia’s safe driving points criteria.

Driving Privileges Suspension in Virginia

Demerit points can add up quickly on your Virginia driving record and, depending on your age, may result in required additional safe driver training or a loss of your Virginia driving privileges for some time.

How Traffic Violations Can Significantly Affect Young Drivers

If you’re under 18, also known as a Juvenile Driver, and commit any traffic violation that results in points landing on your Virginia driving record, you will have to complete a Virginia driver improvement course within 90 days of being found guilty, or your Virginia driving privileges will be suspended until you complete the driver improvement program.  If you commit two point-related traffic violations before your 18th birthday, your Virginia driving privileges will be suspended, regardless of your overall Virginia driving record.  After a third violation, the Virginia DMV will revoke your license until you reach 18, or for a calendar year, whichever is longer.

If you are a juvenile driver, or under the age of 20, and have been ordered to enroll in a Virginia traffic school or driver improvement clinic, you must attend an in-person class; online programs will not satisfy your requirements for having your Virginia driving privileges fully reinstated.

Demerit Points Can Affect Driving Privileges For Adult Drivers in Virginia

For Virginia adult drivers, your driving privileges can be suspended if you accumulate too many demerit points against your Virginia driving record.  Earning eight points in a year or twelve points in two years will result in a written warning from the Virginia DMV, cautioning you to improve your driving habits.

Once you reach twelve points in a year, or 18 in two years, your license will be suspended unless you successfully complete a Virginia traditional or online driver improvement program within 90 days.  Those younger adults, under 20 years of age, must participate in this program in person.  If you accumulate 18 points in a year or 24 points in two years, your Virginia driving privileges will be suspended for three months, minimum. You will also have to participate in a Virginia driver improvement program as part of your reinstatement.  Once you have satisfied these requirements, the Virginia DMV will place you on six months of driving probation, and allow you to resume driving in Virginia during that time.

How Driver Improvement and Traffic School Can Benefit You in Virginia

By attending an online Virginia driver improvement course or Virginia online traffic school before your Virginia driving privileges are suspended, you can receive valuable safe driving points on your record.  You can enroll in a Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement clinic once every two years and receive five safe driving points on your record, which will be used to offset any demerit points you receive.  While, generally, your successful completion of a Virginia online driver improvement program will not also remove a traffic violation from your record, a Virginia court may be willing to dismiss the traffic violation altogether if you receive specific permission by the Virginia court that is handling your recent traffic violation.  It is recommended that you speak with the court prior to enrolling to find out if you can qualify.

If you enroll in a Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program, like the class offered through www.gototrafficschool.com, you must take and pass a “final exam” with a score of 80%. You can re-take the final exam once per day, as many times as necessary, until you pass.  Virginia requires that students' final exams be proctored, meaning that you will need to take the final exam through our website on a computer at a public facility with internet access, like your local UPS store. These stores charge a per-minute fee for internet access, and the exam usually takes 10-30 minutes to complete, so you’ll have an additional $5 or so in internet usage fees.  If you fail the exam, you can re-take it the next day and still receive full credit for the course.

Gotottrafficschool.com will provide you with a list of testing locations to choose from when you are ready to take the final exam. You can call us at 1-888-329-7069 if you need help finding a testing site near you.  When you arrive at the proctor site, tell an employee you are there for the GoToTrafficSchool.com final exam.  The employee should verify your identity by checking your photo ID, and then will give you an access code. You can then log on to the course as usual, and click on "exam" in the syllabus. When the next screen comes up, choose the proctor location you are at from the scroll down menu, and enter the access code you were given.  You will then be able to start the exam.

Once you have passed the exam, gototrafficschool.com will automatically send your certificate of completion to the Virginia DMV and your safe driving points will be added.  If you are participating in the Virginia online traffic school to have a ticket dismissed from or reduced on your traffic record, you may need to contact the Virginia court directly and provide them with your completion certificate.


A Clean Driving Record in Virginia

Attending a Virginia online traffic school like gototrafficschool.com will not only provide you with valuable safe driving points, and possibly help you avoid a traffic violation from ending up on your Virginia driving record altogether, but can teach you important safe driving habits and defensive driving techniques that can keep you out of avoidable accidents and traffic violations in the future.

Completion of a Virginia online traffic school like gototrafficschool.com can also lower your insurance premiums.  For an additional $5, gototrafficschool.com can send your insurance company a certificate of completion of your online driver improvement course, which will significantly help reduce your “insurance points.”  These points are used by your Virginia insurance company, independent of the Virginia DMV’s point system, to determine your insurance rates.  Successful completion of a Virginia online traffic school program can help lower those rates.


Mature and Juvenile Drivers Can Get Insurance Discounts in Virginia

Enrollment in the gototrafficschool.com driver improvement course may even qualify you for an insurance discount.  Virginia mature driver (those drivers over age 55) and Virginia juvenile drivers, (those drivers under the age of 20) often experience higher insurance premiums based on these age groups’ tendency to end up in avoidable traffic accidents.  By enrolling in a Virginia online traffic school or online driver improvement program like the one offered by gototrafficschool.com, your insurance carrier may be willing to offer you a safe driver discount, based on the notion that you are taking steps to ensure you do not have accidents or that you are not needlessly violating traffic laws.  If you would like to know more about these opportunities, you should contact your auto insurance carrier today.


Approved Classroom Traffic Schools in Virginia

The Virginia DMV has also approved a long list of traditional, classroom-setting traffic schools for you to participate in, organized by “districts,” should you wish to attend a Virginia driver improvement program in person.  For more information on the following classrooms, you can review them online or contact your local Virginia DMV office.  Below is a list of all brick-and-mortar locations: 

Bristol District
Abingdon
Big Stone Gap
Blacksburg
Bluefield
Bristol
Clintwood
Dublin
Duffield
Elk Creek
Galax
Gate City
Grundy
Hansonville
Jonesville
Lebanon
Lynchburg
Marion
Norton
Pennington Gap
Radford
Richlands
Rosedale
Salem
Saltville
South Boston
Wise
Wytheville

Roanoke District
Altavista
Bedford
Christiansburg
Collinsville
Covington
Danville
Dry Fork
Emporia
Lynchburg
Madison Heights
Martinsville
Roanoke
Rocky Mount
Salem
South Boston
Spencer
Vinton
Warm Springs

Staunton District
Afton
Catlett
Charlottesville
Culpeper
Fishersville
Front Royal
Gainesville
Harrisonburg
Lexington
Luray
Rapidan
Spotsylvania
Staunton
Stephens City
Strasburg
Vienna
Warrenton
Waynesboro
Winchester
Woodstock

Richmond District
Alberta
Amelia
Ashland
Blackstone
Chase City
Chester
Chesterfield
Colonial Heights
Doswell
Emporia
Ettrick
Farmville
Fork Union
Glen Allen
Goochland
Hanover
Hopewell
King George
King William
Lawrenceville
Louisa
Mechanicsville
Midlothian
Montross
Petersburg
Plano
Port Royal
Powhatan
Richmond
Rockville
Ruther Glen
Sandston
Shacklefords
South Boston
South Hill
Sprouses Corner
Tappahannock
Victoria
Warsaw

North Fairfax District
Dulles
Alexandria
Annandale
Arlington
Ashburn
Burke
Centreville
Chantilly
Dulles
Fairfax
Falls Church
Herndon
Leesburg
McLean
Purceville
Reston
Round Hill
Spotsylvania
Sterling
Vienna
Woodbridge

South Fairfax District
Alexandria
Ashburn
Burke
Centreville
Dale City
Dumfries
Fairfax
Fredericksburg
Gainesville
Lorton
Manassas
Springfield
Stafford
Vienna
Woodbridge

Portsmouth District
Belle Haven
Chesapeake
Courtland
Exmore
Franklin
Glenns
Gloucester
Hampton
Melfa
Newport News
Norfolk
Portsmouth
Shacklefords
Smithfield
Suffolk
Virginia Beach
Williamsburg
Yorktown


Virginia FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Will I be able to start the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course while I’m traveling, and then pay for the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online traffic school course when I arrive home?
Yes, you will be able to take the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online defensive driving course while traveling.  However, you will need to pay prior to taking the final examination. 
What is the longest amount of time that I need to wait for the Virginia certificate of completion?
If you select regular US Mail, your online Virginia traffic school certificate will be delivered in 7-10 business days.  However, if you need your Virginia certificate of completion soon, we offer several FedEx options.  If you select FedEx, you have the option of selecting Priority Overnight certificate completion delivery (by or before 10:30AM the next business morning), Standard Overnight certificate of completion delivery (by or before 5PM the next business day), Second Day delivery (by or before 5PM on the second business day), Express Delivery (by or before 5PM on the third business day), and if you complete your online Virginia traffic school course on a Friday we also offer FedEx Saturday Delivery (by or before 12PM on Saturday). 
Does KissMyTicket.com protect the security of personal information?

Absolutely. KissMyTicket.com offers customers a guarantee of security through our website’s SSL encryption. When registering for any of our Virginia online traffic school or Virginia online defensive driving courses you don’t have to worry about your sensitive information being compromised. Our ability to protect your information is essential to our reputation as one of the nation’s most sought-after providers of Virginia online defensive driving courses.

Is it best to verify whether the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online ticket dismissal, Virginia online insurance reduction, or Virginia online point reduction course is certified for Virginia online ticket dismissal?
If you are concerned whether the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online defensive driving course is approved for dismissal of a Virginia traffic ticket, we recommend that you contact your Virginia court.
How is KissMyTicket.com able to offer Virginia online traffic school and driver safety courses at such cheap prices?
It’s quite simple. KissMyTicket.com enrolls large numbers of students in its Virginia defensive driving and Virginia traffic school courses, and because of this we can afford to have a smaller per student profit margin than schools that enroll fewer students. Thus, when you take our Virginia online traffic school and Virginia online defensive driving courses you can be sure that you are getting our program at the lowest price in the Virginia driver safety industry. Guaranteed.
Can you tell me more about the Virginia online traffic school, Virginia online defensive driving, Virginia online driver improvement and Virginia online insurance reduction courses?
We offer a range of Virginia online defensive driving, Virginia online traffic school, and Virginia online driver improvement courses for purposes of ticket dismissal and insurance reduction. The Virginia online defensive driving courses can be taken from any computer with an internet connection, and require only a willingness on your part to work diligently at your own pace. The Virginia online courses can be stopped and started as often as your schedule requires. Each course consists of chapters and short multiple choice quizzes designed to serve as practice for the Virginia online driving school exam. Pass the final exam and your Virginia certificate of completion will be sent to you according to the shipping method you selected at registration.
Upon completion of the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver safety course, will my insurance agent lower my premiums?
Possibly, but it depends on your Virginia insurance company. Many will offer a discount of your insurance premiums for taking a Virginia online defensive driving course, but some will not. To find out if successful completion of a Virginia online driver safety course will make you eligible for a Virginia safe driver discount, speak with your insurance agent.
I need to start and stop the Virginia online traffic school course several times, as I will probably have numerous interruptions with my family’s needs. Can I start the Virginia online defensive driving course on the PC in the family room, and then do the online traffic school quizzes on my son’s laptop computer in his room? Also, would I be able to go back to the family room PC and complete the driver safety exam the next day?
You will be able to start the Virginia online defensive driving course on the family room PC, take the online traffic school quizzes on the laptop, and then go back to the family room PC the next day.  As long as your computer has the appropriate flash and browser requirements for the Virginia online defensive driving school, you will be able to complete the online traffic school course the  next day, so that you can obtain your online ticket dismissal and online insurance reduction.
 

I need a KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course that is flexible and convenient. Will I be able to start and stop KissMyTicket.com’s Virginia online driver safety course as often as I need?
Definitely.  KissMyTicket.com's Virginia online defensive driving course is designed so that you can work it around your schedule.  You will be able to start and stop the Virginia online traffic school course as often as necessary.
I'm not sure whether my Virginia certificate of completion for the Virginia online workbook course or Virginia online driver safety course will be sent to me or to the court. How can I find out?

Your Virginia traffic school certificate of completion will be sent to you or to the particular court in Virginia that has jurisdiction over your ticket. You will find out where your Virginia certificate of completion is sent once you complete the registration process for the state of Virginia online driver safety course, the Virginia online defensive driving course or the Virginia workbook course.

Is it too late for me to get a refund of my Virginia online traffic school course fee?

Not if you still have not completed the Virginia defensive driving course online. As long as your request is made prior to your Virginia driver improvement certificate being shipped, your fee for the Virginia online traffic school course is refundable.

Does your Virginia online defensive driving course take into account my problems reading large amounts of text?

Yes. We have tried to make our Virginia online traffic school courses accessible to everyone. Our Virginia driver improvement courses feature a "read along" option to accommodate those who have trouble handling large amounts of printed text. It works by reading the Virginia driver safety course text aloud as you follow along with the online text.

How can I be sure that the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course satisfies the court’s requirements?
We recommend that you check with the Virginia court judge.  Not all courts accept the Virginia online driver safety course, which is why we strongly suggest you check with the Virginia court judge to make sure that the online driver safety course at KissMyTicket.com satisfies the court’s demand.
Am I allowed to take the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online defensive driving course if I have attended a Virginia traffic school course within the past 12 months?
If you have attended a Virginia traffic school course within the past 12 months, we recommend that you check with your Virginia court to be sure that you are still eligible to take the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course.
If I miss a lot of the quiz questions, can I still pass the Virginia online defensive driving course?
Yes, it is possible.  If you do not pass a certain Virginia online traffic school quiz, you will be allowed to go back and review so that you will be better prepared for the Virginia final exam.  The quizzes do not count against your final score, but the Virginia final exam does determines whether or not you pass the Virginia online driver safety course.
How do I confirm my whether I will receive point reduction for taking the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course?
Most states will allow you to take our Virginia online traffic school course to keep points from being applied to your Virginia driving record.  While a handful of states may allow you to take the Virginia KissMyTicket.com online driver improvement course for the removal of existing points from your driving record, this is generally not the case.
May I take the Virginia KissMyTicket.com online driver safety course from any location if I received a Virginia traffic citation?
The great thing about the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online defensive driving, Virginia traffic school and Virginia driver improvement courses is that they can be taken from any computer with internet access!  However, if you got a ticket in Virginia then you must enroll in our Virginia online traffic school course.
When should I expect to receive my Virginia certificate of completion from KissMyTicket.com’s Virginia online defensive driving course?
We recommend that you allow at least 3 to 5 business days after the completion of the Virginia online defensive driving course to have the Virginia certificate of completion processed and sent to the Virginia court of issuance.  If you order expedited shipping through FedEx, you can have the Virginia certificate of completion delivered the next business day after you complete the Virginia online defensive driving course.
I have been ordered by my court to take a Virginia ticket dismissal course. Is the KissMyTicket.com Virginia internet defensive driving course what my court has in mind?
You can’t know for sure unless you ask the Virginia judge. If the Virginia court judge specifically told you to enroll in the KissMyTicket.com Virginia internet defensive driving course, then of course you’re free to do so.
I’m a busy college student and I have previously taken the traditional Virginia classroom program. How do I know if the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online defensive driving course is court approved in my state?
You can make sure that your state or court has authorized the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course for online ticket dismissal, online driver improvement or online point reduction.  Be sure to contact the court that has jurisdiction over your ticket in order to make sure that your state or court approves of our KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver safety course.
Does completion of the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online driver improvement course change the status of my other traffic tickets?
Not in most states. Besides limiting defendants to just one ticket dismissal for each driver improvement course, most states allow only one ticket dismissal course every 12, 18 or 24 months. You should consult your Virginia court to find out your court’s rules for Virginia traffic school courses.
What ID verification procedure does KissMyTicket.com use for its Virginia online traffic school course?
Most courts do not ask for ID verification. ID verification, when it is used, will be in the form of a proctored final exam, a notarized final exam answer sheet or a limited credit check.  The purpose of ID verification in the Virginia online defensive driving course is to verify that you are who you say you are prior to completing the final examination. This is how courts guarantee that no one else is taking the Virginia online traffic school in your place. If the court that has jurisdiction over your traffic ticket requires ID verification, we will let you know.
I do not have an internet connection. Do you offer any other Virginia online defensive driving course format?
Yes!  KissMyTicket.com does offer internet traffic school, DVD traffic school and streaming video traffic school formats.  For more information about the availability of certain Virginia online traffic school course formats, please check with your Virginia court.
How long does it take for me to receive my Virginia online traffic school course password after I request it online?
It is not a problem!  Just click “forgot password” on the login screen if you forget your KissMyTicket.com Virginia online traffic school course password.  In a matter of seconds, KissMyTicket.com will then email your Virginia online defensive driving course password to you!
Is there a time limit in which I must finish the Virginia online traffic school course?
Yes. It will be too late to finish the Virginia internet traffic school course once you go past the 6 month (180 day) time limit from the date of your registration at KissMyTicket.com. At that point your Virginia online traffic school course account will be cancelled. As a preventive measure, KissMyTicket.com will send you a reminder email whenever your account has been inactive for a long period of time.
I want to be sure that my personal information is protected. Where can I review the privacy policy of the KissMyTicket.com Virginia internet ticket dismissal course?
Please refer to our privacy policy link on the KissMyTicket.com homepage for detailed information about KissMyTicket.com's privacy policy.  We will not share, sell or distribute your personal information to any third party, unless we are required to do so by a government entity or court in order to process the Virginia internet driver safety course, Virginia internet insurance reduction course or Virginia internet defensive driving course.  KissMyTicket.com values and respects the privacy of our customers.
Can you confirm what I need to do if my internet connection fails after I have started the KissMyTicket.com Virginia online defensive driving course final exam?
If your internet connection fails while you are taking the Virginia online driver improvement course, don't worry...  We can help!  If you lose course time, fail a quiz or the final exam as a result of loss of internet connectivity, contact the KissMyTicket.com customer service center immediately and we will do our best to make sure you are not penalized for something that is beyond your control. 
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