Defensive Driving

Tri-County Community College is the certified National Safety Council Public Sub-Agency serving Cherokee, Clay, and Graham counties for the Safety and Health Council of North Carolina. The core defensive driving class (DDC-4) offered by TCCC is a four-hour National Safety Council-approved class. The DDC-4 focuses upon attitudes and actions vital to driving safely and defensively, as well as avoiding collisions and traffic citations. In cooperation with the District Attorney of the 30th Judicial District, successful completion of this class may prevent assessment of insurance points or insurance premium surcharges on your insurance policy and/or points on your North Carolina driver’s license. To receive the benefit of this program, you must complete the 4-hour Defensive Driving Course at least five working days before your final court date.

Students must pre-register and pre-pay, since walk-ins will not be accepted for any reason. Registration should be in person at the college no later than 3:00 p.m. on the Wednesday prior to class. The registration fee is $74.60 and is payable by cash, money order, or certified bank check. Credit/debit cards will not be accepted for this class. This is a self-supported class, so there are no fee exemptions.

Latecomers will not be admitted into class regardless of the reason, so any pre-paid student who arrives late will not only miss the class, but also forfeit their registration fees.

Upcoming Defensive Driving Classes

Classes are held on Saturday, 8:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. in the Enloe Building on TCCC’s main campus or at our Graham County location.

  • April 13, 2024 - Graham County / Robbinsville
  • May 18, 2024 - Cherokee County / Murphy
  • June 29, 2024 - Cherokee County / Murphy
  • August 10, 2024 - Graham County / Robbinsville
  • September 21, 2024 - Cherokee County / Murphy
  • November 2, 2024 - Cherokee County / Murphy
  • December 7, 2024 - Cherokee County / Murphy

For more information please contact Molly Howard at (828) 835-4240 or

There are no refunds for "no shows".

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