Driver Improvement Program (DIP)
Avoiding Point Assessment on Your Driver’s License
If you are charged with a moving violation you must appear in court and request the courts permission to attend an approved Driver Improvement Program (DIP) course. The court has the authority to allow you to attend DIP to avoid point assessment. However, this decision is made by the court on a case by case basis and there is no guarantee that the court will allow you to attend DIP to avoid points on your driver’s license. You should check with the court in the county where the ticket was issued to learn about local policies concerning DIP.
No points will be assessed to your Missouri driver’s record if you meet these requirements. For violations committed while operating a motorcycle, the rider must attend an approved motorcycle-rider training course following the rules above to avoid point assessment. However, this program is not available for a violation committed in a commercial motor vehicle or for any driver who has a commercial driver’s license (CDL) from Missouri or any other state. Attendance at DIP is not mandatory. If you choose to attend DIP, you must complete an approved DIP course within 60 days of your guilty plea.
The DIP course or Motorcycle Rider Course you attend will need to know the following to provide proof of course completion to DOR:
- Court Name:
- Court Case Number:
- Conviction Date:
This information can be obtained from the court or on Missouri Case.net by clicking on “Litigant Name Search” and entering your name in the appropriate search fields.
You cannot take a DIP course before you have the date of your conviction to provide to the course. Remember, you have 60 days after the conviction date to complete the course.
No person may attend the Driver Improvement Program to avoid point assessment more than one time in any 36 month period. Course completion documents (MO Form 4444) should be sent directly to the Missouri Department of Revenue at the following address:
Missouri Department of Revenue Driver License Bureau
P.O. Box 200
Jefferson City, MO 65105-0200
Documents must be sent within 15 days of course completion. For violations committed while operating a motorcycle, the rider must attend an approved motorcycle-rider training course following the rules above to avoid point assessment.
A moving violation, under Missouri law, is a “traffic violation where at the time of the violation the motor vehicle involved is in motion.” You should check with the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR) to determine if a particular charge is a moving violation or for any other information concerning your driving record. You can reach the DOR help desk at (573) 751-4475.
It is important to remember this course WILL NOT remove the traffic ticket from your record. This program only allows for the points to be removed from your license.
Out of State Drivers
If your driver’s license is from a state other than Missouri, attendance at the Driver Improvement Program in Missouri will not guarantee that your home state will not assess points or otherwise enter a moving violation on your record. You should check with your home state authorities to determine what rules apply.
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