The Driver Improvement Program (DIP) is a 4-8 hour instructional program that is intended to provide driver rehabilitation. You may have been assigned to the driver improvement program for one of the following reasons:
- You were referred by a District Court Judge;
- You were referred by an Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) in the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH);
- You accumulated 5, 6, or 7 points on your driving record;
- You were convicted or granted probation before judgment for a moving violation while holding a provisional driver’s license.
If a judge decided that you must attend a driver improvement program, you will receive a letter from the MVA approximately 4-6 weeks after your hearing date.
What do I have to do if I am assigned to the Driver Improvement Program (DIP)?
The MVA referral letter will provide you with the requirements of the driver improvement program and a list of Driver Improvement Program (DIP) Providers. After receiving the letter, you must do the following:
- Contact a DIP provider directly for information regarding DIP location(s), available dates and times, and the fee associated with taking the program.
- Attend your selected class, being sure to take your MVA referral letter with you.
- If you misplace your referral letter and need a duplicate referral letter to take to class, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org, contact the Driver Improvement Programs unit in the Driver Instructional Services Division or visit an MVA branch office. If you visit a branch office, the branch representative will contact the DIP unit, which will print the duplicate referral letter. The letter will be available at the counter or will be faxed or mailed to you within 24 hours.
- Complete the DIP by the due date printed at the top right corner of the Driver Improvement Program referral letter.
The DIP class will last from 4 to 8 hours. Upon its completion, you will receive a certificate of completion from the provider. The certificate is for your records; the driver improvement program provider will separately notify the MVA of your successful completion.
How may I obtain a list of program providers?
What if I can’t attend the Driver Improvement Program (DIP)?
If you cannot attend your scheduled class due to extenuating circumstances, you must provide the MVA with a reasonable explanation, along with supporting documentation. If your explanation is acceptable, you will be rescheduled and will receive a new DIP referral letter.
If you are temporarily living out-of-state or have moved out-of-state, you must contact the National Safety Council (NSC) to see if the NSC offers a program in your area. Check the NSC website or call to obtain information about their 6-8 hour defensive driving program. If you complete the program out-of-state, you must fax or mail your completion form to the DIP unit.
If you do not attend a DIP class by the date specified on your referral letter, the MVA will suspend your driving privilege. You will be notified of the suspension by letter, in which you also will be instructed to surrender your driver’s license to any full service MVA branch office. When you complete the DIP, you may then apply for a new license.
Note: If you moved and did not receive your driver improvement program referral letter because the MVA was not aware of your move, you must first request a change of address before the MVA will consider your request to reschedule the DIP. You may change your address online or by completing and returning the change of address form.
- The cost of the driver improvement program is set individually by each Driver Improvement Program provider. All payments should be made directly to the provider.
- There is a fee for a new driver’s license, should you need to obtain one.
Driver Instructional Services Division (DISD)
6601 Ritchie Highway
Glen Burnie, MD 21062
Fax on Demand (catalogue #13) - 410-424-3050
For telephone questions:
National Safety Council: 1-800-621-7615
MVA Customer Service Center: 1-410-768-7000
TTY/Hearing Impaired: 1-301-729-4563