Attendance at the Driver Improvement Program (DIP) to Avoid Point Assessment on a Missouri Driver's License
The following counties have authorized the Fine Collection Center (FCC) to approve attendance at the Driver Improvement Program to avoid point assessment on a Missouri Driver’s License for moving violations.
The name of the county where you received your ticket is found on the top of your citation in the first block.
Counties that allow FCC to approve attendance at Driver Improvement Program:
Adair, Andrew, Atchison, Audrain, Barton, Bollinger, Boone, Buchanan, Butler, Callaway, Cape Girardeau, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dade, Daviess, Franklin, Gasconade, Greene, Grundy, Harrison, Hickory, Holt, Howell, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Livingston, Macon, Madison, Marion, McDonald, Miller, Nodaway, Oregon, Osage, Pemiscot, Perry, Pike, Platte, Putnam, Reynolds, Ripley, Saline, Schuyler, Scott, Shannon, Shelby, St. Clair, Ste. Genevieve, Sullivan, Vernon, Wayne, Worth, Wright.
Counties that do not authorize FCC to approve DIP:
If the county in which you received your citation is not listed above and you want to attend the Driver Improvement Program, you must first plead not guilty to the Fine Collection Center. FCC will then send your citation to the prosecuting attorney in the county where the citation was issued. After the prosecutor files the citation with the court, the court will notify you of a court date. If you plead guilty at the court, 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.
Avoiding Point Assessment on Your Driver’s License
If you are charged with a moving violation in a county that has authorized FCC to approve DIP, and you plead guilty and pay your fine and costs in full to FCC, you will automatically be approved to attend an authorized Driver Improvement Program course to avoid having points assessed on your Missouri driver’s license. 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 and you must have the DIP program you attend send proof of completion to the Missouri Department of Revenue (DOR), Driver License Bureau, P.O. Box 200, Jefferson City, MO 65105. No points will be assessed to your Missouri driver’s records 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.
The DIP course or Motorcycle Rider Course you attend will need to know the following to provide proof of course completions to DOR:
1. Court Originator Number: MOOSCAFCC
2. Court Name: Fine Collection Center
3. Court Case Number: Your traffic citation number found at top of citation
4. Conviction Date: Can be obtained on Missouri Case.net by entering your citation number in the case number search field. When your case comes up on the screen, click on the case number block. This will bring up the case header screen. Under disposition you will see “guilty plea” if your guilty plea has been processed. If the disposition is guilty plea, check the disposition date. This is the conviction date you will need. If the disposition reads “not disposed” your guilty plea is still pending. This could be because FCC has not processed your payment yet. It could also be because FCC has received your payment but has not yet received the original ticket from the law enforcement agency. You can not 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. If you can’t access the Internet or need help call FCC at (877) 866-3926 to obtain the information you need.
No person may attend the Driver Improvement Program to avoid point assessment more than one time in any 36 month period. Although course completion certificates should be sent directly to the Missouri Department of Revenue, if you receive one directly you should forward it to DOR.
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.
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.
You can obtain a list of approved DIP courses and Motorcycle Rider Courses from the Missouri Safety Center online or by calling Pat Denkler at (800) 801-3588 or (660) 543-4743. View information online for Motorcycle Rider Courses or call (660) 543-4834.
Information from the Missouri Safety Center Driver Improvement Program (Updated 9-01-11)
Memo from the DIP Program Manager :
Welcome to the Driver Improvement Program. Our goal is to offer a Driving Program to meet the needs of the driving public and the court system. This course is designed as a court referral program to “take away” those unwanted assessed points to your driver’s license, by taking an 8 hour driving course. The sites offering the courses and the curriculum of each course are governed by Missouri Revised Statute 302.302. A course may be taken once in 36 months. Take note that not all courts will accept the DIP courses. Sites and phone numbers are subject to change. Contact the state office for changes at: Jim Delap, Program Manager Missouri Safety Center at (660) 543-4743
Missouri Safety Center
Northland Dependency Services
Drive To Survive
Cass County Sheriff's Office - DIP
DIP of Central Missouri
Liberty Driving School
Central States Mental Health Consultants
Blue Springs, MO
Kansas City Community Center
Safety & Health Council of Western Missouri and Kansas
Kansas City, MO
St. Louis Safety Council
Eastern Missouri Alternative Sentencing Services
St. Charles, St. Louis, Florissant, Troy, O’Fallon, MO
Franklin County Community Services, Inc
Union, Hillsboro, MO
St. Louis County Justice Services
St. Louis, MO
Community Services of MO, Inc.
St. Peters, Houston, St. Louis, O’Fallon, Des Peres, Olivett, Steelville, Rolla, Kennett, MO
Safety Council of Greater St. Louis
St. Louis, Creve Coeur, Festus, High Ridge, St. Charles, Hazelwood, Manchester, Sunset Hills, Hannibal, MO
Liberty Program, Inc
Hazelwood, Overland, St Louis, St Charles, MO
Comprehensive Court Services
St. Louis, MO
Safety Council of the Ozarks
Springfield, Joplin, MO
(417) 869-2121 or (800) 334-1349
The Safety Institute
Bolivar Safety Academy
Tri County Services
Accredited Traffic Offender Services
Access Court Services
Cape Girardeau, Farmington, MO
(573) 339-7300 or (800) 955-8637 (Farmington)
Able Court Services
Cape Girardeau, MO
Criminal Justice Services
Affiliated Court Services
Columbia, Jefferson City, MO
(573) 499-3784 or (800) 676-8882
Traffic Safety Awareness
Camdenton, Springfield, MO
(573) 317-0999or (888) 317-0999
A+ South Central Traffic School
St. Joseph Safety and Health Council
St. Joseph, MO
Available Internet Sites:
Defensive Driving by Improv
Missouri Driver Improvement
I Drive Safely
Go To Traffic School
Traffic School Online
Missouri Safe Motorist Course
“DIP” is a statewide program presented in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation and the Missouri Division of Highway Safety. The Driver Improvement Program state office is located at:
Missouri Safety Center—UCM
Warrensburg, MO 64093