Defensive Driving Course: Adult Remedial Driving Course

Course Information

Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio presents a driver education course designed to keep individuals safe behind the wheel. The National Safety Council Defensive Driving Course provides drivers with the knowledge and techniques to prevent vehicular collisions and traffic violations. The course focuses on collision-avoidance techniques and addresses common driving mistakes that can result in dangerous accidents. It also teaches drivers how to adjust driving habits to eliminate costly moving violations.

The course is eight hours long and helps participants recognize road hazards, avoid collisions in a variety of driving situations and practice safe and legal driving behavior. The course is certified by the Ohio Department of Public Safety and is administered by Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio. The program meets bureau of motor vehicles requirements for remedial driving education.

Why take the course?

Individuals may attend the course voluntarily to receive a state-mandated insurance discount. Persons can also take the course as an employment requirement or to receive a two-point credit on their driving record. Completion of the course does not remove points from an individual’s driving record. It extends the number of points needed for a license suspension from 12 to 14.

Persons may additionally attend the course as a requirement for the retention of a driver’s license or to have the license returned due to a 12 point suspension. Individuals can choose the defensive driving course as a court-ordered requirement and to avoid loss of a driver’s license for persons under the age of 21 who have been convicted of operating a vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Finally, individuals can also take the course if they have a juvenile license suspension or other court-order.

To help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19 and for your safety, Recovery Services of Northwest Ohio has implemented the following CDC guidelines for the 72 Hour Driver Intervention program/Defensive Driver Course:

  1. Social distancing (staying at least six feet apart or two arm lengths).
  2. Wearing a cloth face covering over your nose and mouth when in public.
  3. Washing your hands for 20 seconds with soap and water or the use of hand sanitizer with 60% alcohol.
  4. Covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands.
  5. The cleaning and disinfecting of hard and soft surfaces frequently touched (first with soap and water then disinfected).
  6. Daily completion of a Heath Questionnaire/Temperature Check.


You may print out the paperwork, complete it and drop it off at the nearest Recovery Services office, Fax, or mail it to:

Jackie Whitman
Recovery Services of NW OH
200 Van Gundy St.,
Bryan, Ohio 43506
Phone: 419-636-0410 Ex. 203
Cell: 419-438-6217
Fax: 419-636-6510

You may pay online using the form below. Drop off your payment at the nearest office or mail it to the address above.

The cost of the defensive driving course is $100 paid at the time of registration. Cash, cashier’s checks, Visa and MasterCard are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted.
Lunch is included in the cost of the program. You may bring sealed snacks and beverages. Cell phones are not allowed.

Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Express in Defiance, Napoleon and Wauseon and from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Ramada Inn in Montpelier. Please arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. Once the course begins, participants will not be allowed to leave.

Dress in comfortable, but appropriate, attire. No tank tops or halter tops, drug or alcohol related clothing or hats are allowed.