Now offering VIRTUAL CLASSROOM TRAINING during the coronavirus pandemic

The National Safety Council’s 8-Hour Defensive Driving Course (DDC-8) is accredited by the SCDMV as the point reduction program. The virtual training program is approved by the SCDMV and will be led by an NSC instructor online. Successful completion of this course will reduce four (4) points off of your driver's license or CDL license.

  • You must have access to internet and a computer or tablet to participate. This program is not compatible with cell phones.
  • The class workbook will be mailed to the home address you provide during registration. Please ensure your contact information is correct.

Check your points on your SC driving record. If you recently received a traffic violation, the points may not have been applied to your record yet and you will need to wait until after your court date to take the point reduction class. 

South Carolina Point Reduction Program

Completion of the National Safety Council’s Defensive Driving 8-Hour Course can be used for up to a four point reduction on a driver’s Motor Vehicle Record. (This information only applies to individuals with a valid South Carolina Drivers License.)

Effective September 28, 2009, South Carolina drivers seeking to reduce their points and avoid suspension by attending a defensive driving course must complete the course before the suspension begins. They will have 30 days from the date of the suspension notice until the date the suspension begins. Once the suspension begins, the point reduction will not cancel the suspension. Points may still only be reduced once in a three-year period.

  • If the violation date is before the Defensive Driving Course completion date, credit of up to four points will be given. All violations occurring after the completion date of the course will not be accepted.

  • Point reduction is good once every three (3) years.

  • If an individual has one, two, or three points assessed against his/her Motor Vehicle Record and the individual requests point reduction, he/she will be given however many points showing on their MVR at this time, and will not be eligible to receive point reduction again for three (3) years.

  • South Carolina law allows up to twelve (12) points before license suspension occurs.

  • All questions regarding driver license status or violation information should be referred to Driver Service at 803-896-5000.