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DEFENSIVE DRIVING COURSE (DDC) INFORMATION

A Defensive Driving Course is a New York State Department of Motor Vehicles authorized course providing knowledge and techniques for the safe operation of a motor vehicle.  TLC requires all new driver applicants and existing drivers to complete a Defensive Driving Course, as described in detail below.  Drivers may also complete a Defensive Driving Course to reduce the number of Critical Driver points on their license.

DDC Requirements for NEW APPLICANTS:

All driver applicants must present an original certificate of completion of a New York State DMV certified Defensive Driving Course that is not more than six (6) months old with your application.  Temporary completion certificates will be accepted ONLY if they include the type of course, date of course, hours of instruction, name (license#) of instructor, official ink stamp or seal from delivering agent.

Please see the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website http://www.dmv.ny.gov/broch/c32a.htm for more information on the Defensive Driving Course.

Please click the link below for a list of NYS DMV Driving Course Providers:
https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/pirp/

DDC Requirements for CURRENT LICENSEES:


All TLC-licensed drivers must attend, complete and pass a Defensive Driving Course at least every three years. 

Upon renewal, driver licensees must furnish proof of completion of a New York State DMV certified Defensive Driving Course completed within three (3) years prior to the date of the renewal application.  Temporary completion certificates will be accepted ONLY if they include the type of course, date of course, hours of instruction, name (license#) of instructor, official ink stamp or seal from delivering agent.

Please see the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles website http://www.dmv.ny.gov/broch/c32a.htm for more information on the Defensive Driving Course.

Please click the link below for a list of NYS DMV Driving Course Providers:
https://transact.dmv.ny.gov/pirp/

Reducing points from you existing TLC License:


Licensees may attend and complete a Defense Driving Course to reduce the number of Critical Driver points on their license.  Defensive Driving Courses will only reduce points accumulated by the Licensee as a result of the conviction of violations that occurred within 15 months prior to the date of the completion of the course.  The Commission will not reduce total points more than once in any 18-month period.

Pursuant to TLC’s Critical Driver Program, a driver’s TLC license will be suspended for up to 30 days after a driver accumulates more than 6 points in a 15-month period.  Additionally, a driver’s TLC license will be revoked after a driver accumulates more than 10 points in a 15-month period. 

Please review TLC Rules for more information on the Critical Driver Program and Defensive Driving Course point reduction.

Approved DDC Providers


Please see the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles list of NYS DMV Driving Course Providers.