Suspension and Traffic Survival School

Suspension and Traffic Survival School

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Suspension is the temporary removal of your driving privilege. It is an action that may be taken after a review of your driving record. The suspension remains in effect until application for reinstatement is made. 

Each time you are convicted or forfeit bail for a moving traffic violation, points are assessed against your permanent driving record. If you accumulate 8 or more points in any 12-month period, you may be required to attend Traffic Survival School (TSS), or your driving privilege may be suspended up to 12 months.

All convictions for red-light/stop-sign running, aggressive driving, moving violations resulting in death or serious injury, and the first moving violation for drivers under 18 years of age require successful completion of Traffic Survival School following assignment. Failure to successfully complete Traffic Survival School when ordered will result in the suspension of the person’s driving privilege.

Traffic Survival Schools, are separate from Defensive Driving Schools administered through the Arizona Supreme Court. 

Virtual Traffic Survival School Course

A person required to attend and successfully complete TSS may be granted a one-time waiver of an in-person requirement and allowed to complete a virtual TSS course through an Arizona traffic survival school, licensed by the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division, for one of the following reasons: 

  1. The Governor declares a state of emergency. 
  2. The person demonstrates to the Division that completing the course in person would impose a substantial burden on the person.

If you have questions, please contact MVD or the Arizona Chapter National Safety Council at 602-222-3381 or 800-840-7563, (TDD systems only: call 602-222-3376 or 877-900-9160) or visit