National Speed Awareness course
To attend this course you must have received a letter from the police.
Drivers that attend this course significantly reduce their chances of being involved in a crash and of being caught for the same offence in the next 2 to 3 years.
The course lasts 4½ hours, including breaks. It takes place in a classroom type setting.
You can attend only one National Speed Awareness course in 3 years. Any further offending will be dealt with by prosecution.
The course trainers have professional driver training backgrounds and follow national guidelines. The police do not participate in the course.
You can take the course in other areas in the UK, just search the police DORS website to attend a course outside of Kent.
Further information on this course can be found at National Driver Offender Retraining Scheme website
Before attending the Speed Awareness course you must:
- agree to the terms and conditions (PDF, 80.4 KB)
- read the medical fitness advice from GOV.UK. Make sure the DVLA are kept up to date.
Book online and pay by debit or credit card. The course costs £87 in Kent. This is non-refundable. You can also provisionally book a course date online and then log back in to pay within 14 days, but you can't pay on the day.
You must have your driving licence number to book your course. It will be on your licence photocard. If you don't know your licence number, you can retrieve it through GOV.UK's licence detail viewing service.
You must bring photo identification to prove who you are.
If you do not bring photo identification, you could be refused entry to the course.
Examples of photo identification can be:
- a valid passport
- valid EU or Swiss national identity card
- valid driving licence
- citizen card
- valid Government-issued identity card.
If you have a photocard licence we can only accept it with a current photograph and if the photograph still identifies you (field 4b on your licence gives the expiry date of the photograph).
Please make sure you arrive on time.
If you are late you will not be allowed to participate. This could lead to a re-booking fee if we can offer a new course date, or your case being returned to the police.
Directions to the venues
The Maidstone Masonic Centre, Maidstone (The Cornwallis Suite) (follow the signs from Courtenay Road for the Cornwallis Suite)
In bad weather, please call us on 03000 41 81 81 for up to date information about closed venues.
Travelling to your course
The current Maidstone Bridges improvement scheme work may affect your journey if you're travelling to our Aylesford and Maidstone venues, so please plan accordingly.
Please be advised to leave enough time to travel to your course safely due to the busy christmas period.