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New York DMV Approved Courses to Reduce Points and Insurance Premiums

by Seth Azria on 2/22/2010

If you have points on your driving license or would like the to reduce your car insurance premiums, the New York DMV has a "Point and Insurance Reduction Program" (PIRP).  This program includes approved courses offered by private companies called "course  sponsors." The courses review traffic laws and tips for safe driving including driver attitude and defensive driving techniques.

Once you complete the course you qualify you for:

  1. A reduction in your point total by up to 4 points, automatically applied to your record, and
  2. A 10% reduction in your automobile liability and collision insurance premiums, each year for three years.**

If have pleaded guilty to a speeding ticket or any other moving violation in the last 18-months, you have points on your license so taking one of these course would be a good idea. If you are not sure if you have points on your license, you can request a driving abstract from the DMV.

The DMV-Approved Courses

The good news is that the DMV Point and Insurance Reduction courses, typically called "Defensive Driving Courses" or "Six Hour Courses",  are available live in classrooms and online.  The other news is that each course lasts for about 6 and there may be quizzes or tests.

An Online Defensive Driving Course By Improv

The online course is course $34.95. The was created through the joint venture with the World Famous Improv Comedy Club, to provide the most convenient, fun and cost-effective Internet Defensive Driving Course for New York Drivers.

National Safety Council

The online Course is $44.95.  It says it is the first point reduction plan approved in New York, can be completed completely on line, and has state of the art animations, graphics and videos.

National Traffic Safety Institute

The online Course is $39.95. It claims to have "the most current information on defensive driving, traffic laws, collision avoidance, and the affects of alcohol and drugs on drivers."

New York Safety Program

The online Course is $49.95 (It boasts that it is the "Only on line class with no quizzes and no final exam." This seems to require a web camera for a face recognition comparison with a driving license. Click on the green sign on thier site for details.

USA Training Company

The online course is $49.95. It claims to have  "All elements of your Internet course, including 12 chapters of reading with streaming videos, multiple-choice quizzes and your completion certificate. There are no additional fees."

AARP

The Online Course is geared to drivers age 50 and over but any person may take it.  It costs $15.95 for AARP members and $19.95 for non-members. There is also an $8.00 additional charge to cover fees payable to the New York DMV. 

American Safety

The online course is $34.95 and says that it is "designed to fit effortlessly into your schedule."  Which means that you do not have to complete the program in one sitting because the computer remembers your spot. Other programs also have this start and stop, complete-at-your leisure feature.

American Safety Council

The online course is $34.50. the Council states that is it completely online with free electronic reporting.

Driver Training Associates

The online course is $34.50.  Easy to use format; Clear, simple language, Videos and animations; Study at your own pace.

Empire Safety Council

The online course is $49.00. And the site has some crazy animations.

I DRIVE SAFELY

The online course is $34.95. It is a learn at your own pace and has a 10% Discount for AAA members.

About the Point Reduction: The course provider will notify the DMV of your participation within 10 weeks and the DMV will apply the point reduction. This reduction applies only to points assessed in the 18 months before the course and cannot be used as credit to reduce future points. Unfortunately,  if you are currently paying a Driver's Responsibility Assessment, the point reduction will not reduce that assessment. New York Points for Speeding and Traffic Infractions

 





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