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In-Person DUI Classes vs. Online DUI Classes – A Comparison

If you are required to attend a DUI class, you typically have two options to choose from: online or in-person DUI class. While online DUI classes are not exactly new, they have now become mainstream. 


Before, only those who have no access to physical classes were given this option. Nowadays, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has eased the stipulations and has allowed people to take online DUI classes

In-Person vs. Online DUI Class: Which One Should You Go For?


There are several factors you need to take into account when choosing between the two options. For instance, which option is more affordable? Do you prefer group settings? Or would you rather attend the class in the comfort of your home? Below are some of the key factors you need to consider:

Time and Location


If you are considering attending an in-person class, is the location convenient for you? What about the schedule? Also, if the in-person classes are held during weekends or in the evenings, you need to assess if this is something you can fit into your schedule.


An online DUI class can be taken at any place and time convenient for you. That said, it does not come as a surprise that many people opt for online DUI classes as opposed to the in-person option.

Computer Access


Understandably, if you choose the online option, you will need a computer and internet access to attend. If you don’t have access to either, then an online DUI class is not the best option for you. 


On the other hand, if you choose to attend an in-person DUI class, you won’t need a computer or internet access. You just need to show up.

Group Settings


Some individuals prefer attending in-person DUI classes because they like interacting with other people who are dealing with the same concerns. If this is you, then attending an in-person class would be a great idea. 


However, if you don’t like socializing and don’t like to talk about your problems, an online DUI class is a better option. Moreover, if you prefer privacy and don’t like interacting with other people, an online class would be perfect for you.



Typically, in-person classes can cost between $25 to $40 per hour. So an 8-hour class is going to cost between $200 and $300. This excludes the money you would need to spend on gas or bus fare to get to class. 


The online option is much cheaper. An 8-hour class can cost around $149. At times, if you are low-income, you can check if you can avail of a discount or if they have a low-fee program available.

Final Thoughts


Some state courts have requirements that will make the decision on your behalf. Case in point: in Colorado, you are not allowed to take an online DUI class unless you are given special permission. That said, it would be best to check with the court first before signing up.




About the Author


Lauren Kunis is the Content Marketing Strategist for Stonewall Institute, an outpatient alcohol and drug treatment center that focuses on holistic, individualized approach to addiction recovery. She loves reading books, travelling, and going on hiking adventures with her dog Max.

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