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New York Defensive Driving FAQ / Help

Q.  I've heard this course called NY Driver Awareness, NY PIRP and New York Defensive Driving.  What's the real term?  Are these all different driver safety courses?

A.  The New York DMV calls this defensive driving program the PIRP program.  This stands for Point and Insruance Reduction Course.  The term New York Defensive Driving is commonly used to describe this course, and sometimes it can be called the New York driver awareness course.  There is only one type of course in New York that offers the pont and insurance reduction benefits and this is it, not matter what you call it...the benefits are the same.

Q.  How much time does the New York Defensive Driving / PIRP course take, what is it like, and what does it cost?

A.  Each defensive driving course is at least six hours long, and is presented in one or more  sessions.  (Note: The motorcycle safety/accident prevention courses takes substantially longer.) Essential information about traffic safety issues such as driver attitude and behavior, defensive driving techniques, and the Vehicle & Traffic Law must be presented in each course. Additional content, approach, materials and fees vary from one defensive driving sponsor to another.

Q.  What is the difference between a course sponsor, and a reseller?  Why isn't on the NY DMV list of defensive driving sponsors?

A.  Trust us, we would love to be on the DMV list, only it is limited to a very select few course providers.  To provide this course to you, we have partnered up with a veteran course sponsor, the USA Training Company, Inc.  We offer you the same defensive driving course benefits, and the certificate you receive will actually have the USA name on it.  No matter if you sign up through our New York defensive driving website or through the USA site, the price and benefits will be the same, although we really wish you'd enroll here.

New York Point Reduction Course Benefits

Q.  After I complete the PIRP course, how do I receive the point reduction?

A.  The PIRP sponsor will notify the DMV within ten weeks after you complete the course. A notice will then be entered on your driving record, and the DMV computer will automatically reduce your active point total by up to four points.  Important: Completion of a course under the "Point & Insurance Reduction Program" does not remove, delete, subtract, or erase any violation, conviction, or notice of original number of points from your driving record.  Even after you complete the course, most violations, conviction and points assessed will continue to show on your driving record for up to four years. Violations and convictions involving drugs or alcohol will remain on your driving record for ten years. "Point reduction" means the DMV will not count up to four points on your driving record toward license revocation or suspension.

Q.  How do I know my driving record shows my PIRP course completion?

A.  If you need to verify the course completion has been entered on your record, you may request a copy of your driving record from the DMV. To do so, you must complete a "Request for Driver and/or Vehicle Record Information" (form MV-15), available at any motor vehicle office. You may also download this form from the DMV internet office.  If your course completion is not noted on your driving record more than ten weeks after you completed it, contact the course sponsor.

Q.  What effect does this New York point reduction course have on my license and driving record?

A.  Point reduction applies only to points assessed for violations that occurred within the eighteen months immediately before course completion.  It does not affect points for earlier violations, and cannot be used as "credit" against future violations or points.

Point reduction cannot reduce your point total lower than zero.

If your license has already been revoked or suspended, or if a violation hearing has already been scheduled, point reduction will not affect that action.

Point reduction does not prevent or cancel a mandatory revocation or suspension for violations such as DWI, DWAI, or three speeding violations within 18 months.

Points may be reduced only once in any 18-month period. The NY DMV point system and insurance company "point" systems are separate and not related. Point reduction on your driving record does not affect points assigned by your insurance company for violations and accidents.

Completion of a course under the "Point & Insurance Reduction Program" also cannot prevent or reduce the calculation of points affecting a "Driver Responsibility Assessment." The most recent information about the "Driver Responsibility Assessment" program is available from the DMV Internet Office.

New York Insurance Reduction Course Benefits

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Q.  After completing the PIRP course, how do I receive the insurance reduction?

A.  The course sponsor should mail you a completion certificate within 45 days after you complete the course. If you present your certificate to your insurance company or agent within 90 days after course completion, your liability and collision premium reduction will begin immediately, retroactive to the date you completed the course. If you present your certificate more than 90 days after course completion, the insurer may issue the premium discount effective from the date presented. If you do not receive your certificate within eight weeks after completion, immediately contact the program sponsor. You may take the course once every 36 months to maintain insurance reduction benefits.

Q.  Will the PIRP course prevent my insurance company from raising my premiums?

A.  No. Insurance reduction does not prevent general premium increases, or premium increases due to violations or accidents. It provides a 10% reduction for three years, from the base rate of your current liability, no-fault and collision premiums.

Q.  What if more than one person named on a policy completes the Defensive Driving / PIRP course?

A.  The insurance premium reduction applies to all motor vehicles principally operated by the motorist who completes the course.  The discount can be applied to only one driver for each covered vehicle.

Q.  If I complete a DMV approved motorcycle safety/accident prevention course, does the insurance reduction benefit extend to my automobile coverage?

A.  Yes. The reduction applies to the liability and collision insurance premiums for both your motorcycle and automobile.

Q.  Will youthful operators and drivers participating in assigned risk pool receive the insurance premium discount?

A.  Yes. Any insured driver who is the principal operator and completes a Point & Insurance Reduction Program course will receive the discount.

Q.  If a youthful operator is already receiving a driver education discount, will the Defensive Driving / PIRP discount also be applied?

A.  Check with your insurance company or agent to find out if both discounts will be given at the same time.

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