Yes, taking a defensive driving course can remove points from your driving record in West Virginia. By completing a West Virginia DMV-approved defensive driving course, you can remove up to 3 points from your driving record, and you may be eligible for a discount on your insurance, too.
Taking a Defensive Driving Course to Remove Points in West Virginia
You can only take a defensive driving class to remove points from your record once every 12 month.
Defensive driving courses in West Virginia cost anywhere from $30 to $100.
West Virginia defensive driving courses are available to take in person only.
Your insurer may offer a discount for taking a defensive driving course.
You can check how many points are on your license in West Virginia by going to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website. Checking your license points in West Virginia will cost you $7.50 if you provide the driver's license number, otherwise $8.50, since you will need to pay for a copy of your driving record.… read full answer
West Virginia uses driver’s license points to track violations. Accumulating 12 points in 24 months will result in a suspended license. Insurance companies also check customers’ driving records for points, since having a poor driving record is associated with an increased risk of filing a claim. Consequently, license points will result in higher premiums. For instance, one DUI conviction will raise your premium by an average of 104% in West Virginia.
You can check your driving record for free in Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa and Ohio by going to the designated government website and entering your information (or by requesting a copy in person or by mail). In states that don’t allow you to check your driving record for free, you should expect to pay a $2 - $25 fee.… read full answer
How to Check Your Driving Record
Go to your state’s official DMV, Department of Revenue, or Secretary of State website (varies by state).
Provide your personal information.
Pay any applicable fees, if requested.
Have your printer ready if you want an unofficial hard copy.
Alternatively, you could ask your insurer for a copy, since they consider your driving record when calculating your premium. However, they are not obligated to give it to you for free.
Key Things to Remember About Checking Your Driving Record
Most states don’t allow you to check your driving record for free.
The fee for checking your record can be as high as $25.
You may be able to get a copy of your driving record from your insurance company.
Knowing what’s on your driving record allows you to anticipate when moving violations or accidents will stop affecting your insurance rate.
You can check your driving record in West Virginia by going to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website and requesting a copy of your driving record. It costs $7.50 if you provide the driver's license number or $8.50 otherwise to purchase a copy of your West Virginia driving record online. You will need to provide your full name, date of birth, driver's license number and the last four digits of your Social Security number.… read full answer
Some states like Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, and Ohio allow residents to check their driving record for free.
How to Check Your Driving Record in West Virginia
Go to the West Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles website.
Provide your personal information.
Pay any applicable fees.
Driving records are important for insurance purposes because car insurance companies charge higher premiums for customers with a history of violations or accidents. For instance, a single speeding ticket increases premiums by an average of 20% in West Virginia. Checking your driving record can help you verify that the information is correct.
It’s also a good idea to see when a violation occurred, because insurance companies generally look at the past three to five years of your driving record. Once insurance companies stop taking the violation into account, you should compare quotes again to be sure you’re still getting the best rate on the coverage you need.
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