Defensive Driving Program

The Defensive Driving Program provides individuals who have received a minor traffic ticket an opportunity to attend a driver education class and have one eligible charge dismissed without appearing in court. Driving skills and knowledge of rules of the road can be improved by attending a DDP class.


  • The program can be attended only once per year from violation date to violation date.
  • The traffic ticket is for a minor moving violation, including photo enforcement violations.
  • The charge did not result from an accident where a death or serious physical injury was involved.
  • The DDP class must be completed at least seven (7) calendar days before your court date.
  • The violator does not hold a commercial driver license (CDL).

Register for a defensive driving program course

  • Schedule a class within five calendar days of receiving your complaint. Visit Defensive Driving Schools, Information for Arizona or call the automated phone line at 1-888-334-5565 for information regarding the different Arizona Supreme Court Certified Schools from which you may choose to attend either an online or classroom course.
  • If you live out of state and elect to attend the Defensive Driving Program (DDP), you must either complete an online course or return to Arizona to complete an in-person classroom course.  You must select a schoolfrom the certified list provided on the Arizona Supreme Court website at
  • To receive credit for attending a DDP class, you will have to provide the school with:
    • Your driver license or government issued ID
    • Your copy of the Arizona Traffic Ticket and Complaint
    • Court extension notice (a must if you are completing a class after the court date on your complaint)
    • An out-of-state packet issued by an Arizona Supreme court certified school if you are attending a class in a state outside of Arizona
    • A money order or cashier's check (NO cash, personal checks, or credit cards) for school fees
Complete the class as scheduled. The school will notify the Court of your class completion.