Arizona Defensive Driving Course Eligibility

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Arizona Online Defensive Driving Eligibility Requirements

NOTICE: Beginning July 3rd 2015 eligibility changes from 24 months to 12 months.

If you are not currently eligible and your citation was issued before July 3rd 2015, you may contact the court and request and extension. You would then be eligible if your last defensive driving course was greater than 12 months ago.
  1. You must have NOT ATTENDED a defensive driving course for a traffic citation in Arizona within the past 12 months.
  2. You violation must be on the list of eligible violations for defensive driving.
  3. If you are eligible, you can attend for one moving violation only. All other violations must be taken care of through the court.
  4. If you were involved in a serious injury or fatal accident you are not eligible.
  5. If you hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) from any state you are not eligible for the Defensive Driving Diversion Program, regardless if you were driving commercially at the time of the violation. In addition, those cited for driving a commercial vehicle who do not hold a CDL endorsment are also not eligible.
  6. Please remember you must complete your course 7 days prior to your court date or court assigned due date.

Eligibility Requirements for Non-Arizona Residents

In addition to the above requirements non-Arizona residents also have the following options below.
  1. You may attend a Defensive Driving Course online.
  2. You may return to Arizona to attend a Defensive Driving Course.
  3. You can attend a class in your home state ONLY if you coordinated through an Arizona certified school.

28-3392. Defensive driving school; eligibility

C. Notwithstanding subsection A of this section:

1. An individual who commits a civil or criminal traffic violation resulting in death or serious physical injury is not eligible to attend a defensive driving school, except that the court may order the individual to attend a defensive driving school in addition to another sentence imposed by the court on an adjudication or admission of the traffic violation.

2. If a commercial driver license holder or a driver of a commercial motor vehicle that requires a commercial driver license is found guilty or responsible for a moving violation, the court may require the violator to attend defensive driving school as an element of sentence, but may not dismiss the conviction or finding of responsibility and shall report the conviction or finding of responsibility to the department as prescribed in section 28-1559. A commercial driver license holder or a driver of a commercial motor vehicle that requires a commercial driver license is not eligible for the defensive driving diversion program.