I have had lots of questions in regards to taking a defensive driving class for points reduction. Here is some information that I pulled off the Department of Driving Services’ website:

Point System

The Georgia Point System ranges from 2 to 6 points. A driver with 15 points in a 24 month period will be suspended.

Points are assessed for each conviction pursuant to O.C.G.A. §40-5-57(c)(1)(A)

The State assesses no points for speeding convictions less than 15 miles-per hour over the posted speed limit and for convictions of driving ‘Too Fast for Conditions’, as per O.C.G.A. §40-6-180. No points are assessed against non-residents of Georgia.

Offense Code Conviction Points

§40-6-397 Aggressive Driving 6 Points

§40-6-390 Reckless Driving 4 Points

§40-6-163 Unlawful Passing School Bus 6 Points

§40-6-45 Improper Passing on Hill or Curve 4 Points

§40-6-181 Speeding:
15 to 18 mph over speed limit 2 Points
19 to 23 mph over speed limit 3 Points
24 to 33 mph over speed limit 4 Points
34 mph or more over speed limit 6 Points

§40-6-20 Failure to Obey Traffic-Control Device 3 Points

§40-6-2 Failure to Obey Police Officer 3 Points

§40-6-253 Possessing an Open Container of an Alcoholic Beverage while Driving 2 Points

§40-6-248.1 Failure to Adequately Secure Load (except fresh farm produce), resulting in an Accident 2 Points

§40-8-76 Violation of Child Safety Restraint
1st Offense 1 Point
2nd or Subsequent Offense 2 Points

§40-6-241.1 Violation of usage of wireless telecommunication device requirements 1 Point

§40-6-241.2 Operating a Vehicle while Text Messaging 1 Point

§40-6-54 Improper Use of Designated Travel Lane – 4th and Subsequent Offense 1 Point

All Other Moving Violations 3 Points

Points Reductions

How do I obtain a Points Reduction?

In accordance with O.C.G.A §40-5-86, licensed Georgia residents may request that DDS reduce the number of points assessed against their Georgia driver’s license up to 7 points once every 5 years.

To qualify for a Points Reduction, you must successfully complete a certified Driver Improvement (defensive driving) course and present the original certificate of completion to the DDS by mail or in person at one of our Customer Service Centers.

If you request a Points Reduction by mail, please mail the original Driver Improvement (defensive driving) certificate of completion to the Georgia Department of Driver Services, P. O. Box 80447, Conyers, Georgia

Please call North Buckhead Driving and DUI School at (678) 510-2099 if you would like to take a Defensive Driving Class or visit our website at We are a leading Atlanta DUI School with weekly DUI / Risk Reduction Classes as well as Defensive Driving Classes. You can sign up by calling our office at (678) 510-2099 or by visiting our website at and using our secure registration system.

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