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Created by the famed Improv Comedy Club, our Improv Defensive Driving NY provides a convenient and cost-effective way to complete your defensive driving class online. Based on a simple notion that a NYS Approved Defensive Driving Course doesn’t have to be dry and boring, our online NYS Approved defensive driving course has undergone numerous studies and have proven effective in reducing future tickets and accidents.
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About the Course
What is I-PIRP?
I-PIRP is an acronym for the Internet/Alternate Delivery Method Point and Insurance Reduction Program.
Who is eligible to take this course?
Any New York driver is eligible for this defensive driving course and will save money on their insurance whether they have points on their insurance or not.
Will I save more if members of my family take the course?
Yes, The insurance premium will apply to all motor vehicles principally operated by members of the family who complete the course. Please note that the discount can be applied to only one driver for each covered vehicle. To confirm the exact amount you will save, please contact your insurance agent.
How long does it take to complete an I-PIRP course?
State rules require that all I-PIRP courses are a minimum of 320 minutes of instruction time. The good news - you have 30 days to complete and can log in and out as many times as you like. The course is accessible 24/7.
How much time does your course take to complete?
320 minutes. All NY DMV approved courses are at least 320 minutes long to meet requirements of the NYS DMV for the Defensive Driving program. You now have an option of completing the course online or attending a classroom with one of our certified affiliates.
Who should take the defensive driving PIRP course?
Each person with a New York driver license listed as a principal operated on an automobile policy must take this course in order to be eligible for a discount. Example: if a family consists of a husband, wife and child who own 3 automobiles, all three operators must take the course to be eligible for a discount on each policy.
Can I complete the NY Defensive Driving Course Online?
Yes. We are one of very few courses that can either be completed online or in a classroom. In addition, due to our proprietary validation system, you will not be required to take a proctored exam once you are done with the course. Which means - you can do it ONLINE, 100%!
Is your website secure?
Yes. The DMV requires that all I-PIRP course providers provide secure websites that protect the personal information of those who take the courses.
How is your Course different from others?
We are the only course that is allowed to use humor to teach what can be a very dry subject. We figure if you enjoy the presentation you will learn more. Also, because of our unique technology this course is not required to administer final exams or send you for outside ID verification.
After I complete the New York Defensive Driving course, how do I receive the point reduction?
We will notify the NY DMV after you complete the course. A notice will then be entered on your New York driving record, and the NY DMV computer will automatically reduce your active point total by up to four points. "Point reduction" means the NY DMV will not count up to four points on your driving record toward license revocation or suspension. Points must have been applied to your driving record within the past eighteen (18) months to qualify for reduction with this course. We will also mail you a certificate of completion to present to your insurance company.
Do I receive point and insurance reduction if I take an I-PIRP course?
Yes. When you complete an I-PIRP course, you receive the same benefits as when you complete a classroom PIRP course. You can reduce your driver violation point total by a maximum of four points, and you can save ten percent on your auto liability and collision insurance premiums.
How does the I-PIRP course compare to the classroom course?
Both the classroom PIRP course and the I-PIRP course have very similar content and information, and both courses include 320 minutes of instruction. The classroom course is given in one daytime session or two evening sessions. You can take the I-PIRP course from home, at a convenient time for you. You can take the I-PIRP course at your own speed within the 30-day period.
Can I log off and continue an I-PIRP course at a later time or use different computers for separate course sessions?
Yes. You can log in and out of the course as many times as you wish, allowing you to take the course in increments rather than all at one time. However, the NY DMV requires that you complete the I-PIRP course within 30 days of the date you register for the course. You can complete the course in as many sessions as necessary, but you must complete the course within 30 calendar days of registration. Your data will be stored on-line for each course session. You bill be assigned a user ID (your DL #) and a password (which you choose) when you register for the course. You can use your ID and password to log in on any computer that can access the Internet with an acceptable connection.
Can teen drivers take the course?
YES, This defensive Driving course saves money and increases driver's awareness. It makes an excellent gift to give to a youthful operator.
Are there tests or a final exam for our I-PIRP course?
Because of our unique technology you can complete our course without any Final Exams Although there are three simple questions at the end of each chapter and you are only required to get one answer right.
What personal information is required to take the course?
What is done to ensure that the person who registers for the course is the person who takes the course?
We use a biometric keystroke method to validate that the person who registered for the course is the same person who takes the course. Any person who attempts to defraud the system or who accepts a course completion certificate and its associated benefits without having personally completed the entire course has committed a crime and may be subject to prosecution, fines and imprisonment.
How often can I take the I-PIRP course for point reduction?
Every 18 months four (4) points can be reduced on your driving record and every three years for insurance reduction
How often can I take the I-PIRP course for insurance reduction?
Your certificate of completion submitted to your insurance company will be valid for three (3) years of insurance rate reduction.
What is the cost of an I-PIRP course?
The cost is set by the course sponsor and the fee varies from one course to another course. Your cost is stated clearly before you register for the course. It is to your advantage to compare courses and their fees. We pride ourselves on being one of the more affordable and best value courses out there.
Defensive Driving Courses Available In New York State
Defensive driving courses in New York state are typically called point and insurance reduction programs, or PIRP for short. These courses are meant to equip drivers with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to remain safe while behind the wheel. New York drivers who successfully complete a defensive driving course can have up to a maximum of 4 points taken off of their New York state driving records.
New York's Defensive Driving Course Details
New York state drivers who would like to participate in a defensive driving course must enroll in one that is administered by an approved classroom provider. Otherwise, they won't be eligible for the driving record point reduction. The course must be taught by a certified instructor and drivers must partake in the course's full 320 minutes.
Those who would rather participate in a defensive driving course from the comfort of their homes can choose to complete an online course from an approved provider. Many favor the online option as it is available at any time of the day. Drivers can complete the coursework from any location with an Internet connection. The other benefit of the online course is that students can pause their progress at any point and resume their coursework later on when the time is right. This is ideal for individuals with hectic schedules who find it challenging to participate in a 320 minute sit-down course in a physical classroom.
What's Necessary To Participate In A New York State Defensive Driving Course
Those who choose to participate in the online version of New York state's defensive driving course will be required to complete it within 180 days of their initial registration. Anyone who fails to pass the course within this time period will be failed and will not receive a refund. The course also requires an up to date New York state driver's license.
Those who desire to enroll in a defensive driving course to have a traffic ticket dismissed can only participate if they were cited for a single violation while driving a non-commercial vehicle. Anyone who has participated in a defensive driving course within the past year to 18 months with the goal of having a traffic ticket dismissed will not be eligible to enroll for the same purpose. Drivers should also be aware that the successful completion of an approved defensive driving course will not forgive a driver responsibility assessment fee or prevent a suspension or mandatory revocation of a driver's license.
The Benefits Of Participating In A New York State Defensive Driving Course
Once a driver has successfully completed an approved defensive driving course NY, he'll be eligible for a 10 percent reduction in his auto insurance rate for the next 3 years. New York state drivers can participate in a defensive driving course once every three years in order to continue receiving lower auto insurance premiums. Those who successfully complete the defensive driving course will also have up to 4 points removed from their New York State driving records as well.
A certificate of completion will be mailed from the course provider within 45 days if the course was completed in a physical classroom. Those who successfully complete an approved online defensive driving course will receive the certificate within 14 business days. This certificate should be copied and presented to your auto insurer within 90 days of finishing the course. Those who don't receive their completion certificates 8 weeks after completing the course should reach out to the course administrator for assistance.