State of Arizona

Eligibility Requirements for Taking a Defensive Driving Course

Defensive Driving Course Eligibility

  • You have not attended a defensive driving course for a traffic citation within the past 12 months.
  • Your citation must be on the list of eligible violations. Click here to view the violation list. If eligible, you can attend for one violation only.
  • If you were involved in a serious injury or fatal accident you are not eligible.
  • If you hold a commercial driver’s license you are not eligible for the Defensive Driving Diversion Program, regardless of whether you were driving commercially at the time of the violation. In addition, those driving a commercial vehicle requiring a commercial driver’s license are also not eligible.
  • If you have paid the fine on your citation you are not eligible.
  • You must complete your defensive driving course at least 7 days prior to your court date.

Eligibility Requirements for Non Arizona Residents

  • Immediately contact an Arizona Certified Defensive Driving School
  • You may take an Internet Class
  • You may return to Arizona for the class
  • You can attend a class in your home state, ONLY if coordinated through an Arizona Certified School
  • You must complete your defensive driving course at least 7 days prior to your court date