Frequently Asked Questions
Are there any reasons that I would not be eligible to take a Driving Safety Course for ticket dismissal purposes?
You would not be eligible to take a Driving Safety Course for ticket dismissal purposes:
- if you have a Commercial Driver License (CDL); ?
- if you don't admit guilt or refuse to sign a statement that you do not dispute or challenge the ticket (nolo contendere); and
- if your ticket was for speeding 25mph faster than the posted speed limit.
Are there chapter quizzes in the course?
Yes. Each chapter is followed by a short quiz for review purposes only. No passing grade is required on quizzes, as this is a review exercise for learning purposes. However, you will need to pass a final quiz. The final quiz is only 20 multiple-choice questions that are based on material covered. You are also given an option to print course material and refer to it while taking the quiz.
Do you report my traffic school completion?
We will notify the Texas Education Agency (TEA) electronically that you have completed the course within the required thirty (30) day time period. However, our reporting your completion to the TEA does not substitute the need to submit your certificate to the court. Your ticket will not be dismissed until you submit your certificate of completion (and driving record, if required) to the court.
How long do I have to complete a Driving Safety Course?
You should check your court documentation, but generally, students have 90 days from your request date to complete the Driving Safety Course.
How long is the insurance discount applicable?
If your insurance company offers a discount for taking a defensive driving course, the discount is usually applicable for 3 years. Be sure to check with your insurance company to confirm their policy.
How long is your Texas Defensive Driving Course?
All Texas approved courses have to follow same regulatory requirements and comply with rules related to testing and duration. Improv's Defensive Driving course consists of an introduction, ten (10) easy-to-follow modules, and a final 20 question multiple-choice quiz. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) requires that you spend a minimum of 360 minutes (6 hours) in the course. You can proceed through the course at your own pace. It's your option to either complete all material at once or in a number of sessions. We grant you unlimited in-and-out login privileges as long as you can complete the course before your court due date. Once you complete chapter material for all chapters, you can proceed to the final quiz. We will issue you an instant acknowledgement of course completion and will send you an original completion certificate within 24 hours of completion via the mailing preference you selected during registration.
How often can I take the course to dismiss a ticket from my driving record?
Once every 12 months.
If I take the defensive driving course for ticket dismissal purposes, but also wanted to receive an insurance discount, would that be possible?
Yes. Students taking the course for traffic ticket dismissal are eligible for the insurance discount. Two certificates are mailed after successful completion of the course:
- One certificate will be marked "Court"
- One certificate will be marked "Insurance"
Is it possible to fail the course? What happens if I fail the course?
You can fail the course for the following reasons:
- If you score less than 70% (14 questions) on the final 20-question multiple choice. However, you will be given two (2) additional opportunities to re-take the final quiz at no additional charge.
- If you miss more than 3 (three) out of 10 personal validation questions asked throughout the course, you will fail the course. TX TEA regulations state that if you fail the course, you are NOT entitled to a refund, but you are eligible to re-register for the course and take it again from the beginning.
What are personal validation questions?
In order to validate your identity, we will ask you 10 personal questions pulled in random from the public databases (DMV, utility companies etc.. WE DO NOT access your private credit history). An example of a question: Please Select the Zip Code of your former address. You will have 90 seconds to select the proper answer. All questions are multiple choices. TEA regulations state that if you incorrectly answer more than 3 out 10 of the personal validation questions, you fail the course. Although you are not entitled to a refund in the event of a course failure, you are entitled to re-register for the course and take it again from the beginning if you choose to do so. You will also have an option to call our customer support and review your answers in case you may have misunderstood one of the questions.
What benefits will taking Texas Defensive Driving course provide?
Successful completion of the Texas Driving Safety Course will allow you to dismiss a traffic ticket from your driving record if approved to do so by the Court and will result in an Insurance Rate Reduction
How to dismiss a traffic ticket?
Most Texas insurance companies will provide an insurance premium discount (usually 10%) for three years on the liability portion of your auto insurance when you submit to them your certificate of course completion issued by a Texas TEA-approved driving safety course provider. Check with your insurance agent for details.
What if I took the course for insurance discount purposes within the past 12 months, but then get a traffic ticket. Am I eligible to take the course again to dismiss my ticket even though it was less than 12 months ago that I took the course for insurance discount purposes?
If you receive a traffic ticket after taking the course for insurance discount purposes, you are permitted to take another driving safety class for ticket dismissal purposes if you haven't had a ticket dismissed within 12 months. This is generally the reason that courts require that you submit a copy of your driving record; they are using the driving record to verify that you haven't had any tickets dismissed within 12 months.
When do I have access to the course?
You have access to the course 24/7. However if you require technical assistance our customer support office is open 7 days a week from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM CST at 469-248-5238. If you need to reach an instructor after regular working hours, call 972-404-0415. Please note: only course-related questions can be answered after hours. Any technical support or questions about your completion certificate can only be answered during regular working hours.
Is your course approved by the state of Texas?
Yes, both classroom and online version of our Defensive Driving course are approved by Texas Education Agency (TEA). Only TEA approved schools can offer certificates that are accepted by Texas Courts and Insurance Companies.
What if I don't pass the final quiz?
Quiz questions are entirely based on the chapter material covered, and are multiple choice or true/false. You will be given two (2) additional opportunities to re-take the final examination at no additional charge. Failure to pass the final examination after three (3) attempts results in course failure.