General Information

The Arizona Supreme Court is responsible for administering the Defensive Driving School programs throughout the state and certifying the schools that may participate in the program.

If you received a civil traffic moving violation, you may be eligible to take a defensive driving class and have the violation dismissed. If you choose this option, and are eligible, the violation will not be included on your driving record and points will not be assessed on your driver license. For a list of eligible violations, visit the AOC website.

Please note that if you have received an Arizona Department of Public Safety photo enforcement "notice of violation", the ticket cannot be dismissed by attending defensive driving school.

What is a civil traffic violation?

A civil traffic moving violation is a traffic violation that results from the operation (or movement) of a vehicle, such as speeding, failure to yield, unsafe lane changes, etc. Arizona law provides that major violations like DUI, reckless driving, or other criminal violations are not eligible for defensive driving class, nor are citations that are issued to you as a result of a collision that seriously injured or killed any person.

Your citation has a check box by each violation that indicates whether it is criminal or civil. If you qualify for defensive driving school you may only take it for ONE eligible moving traffic violation. For all remaining violations you must appear in court, request a hearing or pay the fines and fees on or before the appearance date on your traffic ticket.

For information about fines and fees related to traffic violations, please see our Bond Book Search Page.

How do I sign up for Defensive Driving School?

To find the list of approved schools and enrollment information, visit http://www.supreme.state.az.us/driveschoolinfo. Computers are available at all public libraries if you need internet access. You may also call the automated Defensive Driving School information line toll free at 1-888-334-5565.

You must complete the class 7 days before your court date listed on your traffic ticket.

Need more information?

Visit the Defensive Driving School Program website for more information.