The Mature Driver Improvement Course provides instruction on defensive driving and California motor vehicle laws. During this course, information is provided on, but not limited to, updates on rules of the road, the effects that medication, fatigue, alcohol, visual or auditory limitations have on a person's driving ability.
Mature drivers, 55 or older, who successfully complete an approved Driver Improvement Course can qualify for reduced motor vehicle insurance premiums. California law allows insurance companies to determine the percentage of premium reduction. The insurance carrier can refuse to give a reduced rate to those who have poor driving records. You may wish to ask your insurance company about your eligibility and the amount of discount prior to taking an approved Mature Driver Improvement Course.
COURSE TIME AND FEES
Course instruction may be obtained in a classroom or non-classroom setting. Actual classroom time is at least 400 minutes of instruction for the initial course and 240 minutes of instruction for the renewal course, not including registration time, breaks, lunch periods, and issuance of completion certificates.
A completion certificate for the initial course is valid for three years from the date of completion. The certificate may be renewed by successfully completing a subsequent renewal mature driver improvement course within one year of the expiration of the certificate, or if more than one year has elapsed since the expiration.
The initial course and renewal course must be separate classes, held at separate times. The maximum fee for the classroom or non-classroom course is $30 plus a $1 charge for a DMV certificate to be presented to your insurer as proof you have completed the course.