National Speed Awareness Course

The police offer this course as an alternative to a speeding fine and penalty points.

Before you start...

You'll need the following to book onto this course:

  • your driving licence number
  • a debit or credit card.

This course costs £90 in Hertfordshire.

Course information

The National Speed Awareness course is a class based session involving discussion, group work and presentations.

It aims to help drivers recognise speed limits and choose safe speeds for the road and traffic conditions.

There is no formal driving test and you don't need a car.

It's held at various places in Hertfordshire. Free on-site parking is available at all venues. We'll give you more details when you book a place on the course.

The course lasts 4 hours. There is normally a choice of times:

Morning course:  8.30am – 12.30pm.
Afternoon course:  1.30pm – 5.30pm.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time
. You won't be allowed to take part if you're late.

You must show your driving licence with photo ID on arrival to take part.

Special requirements

Tell us in advance if you have any special requirements. Call us on 0300 123 4035.

Special requirements may include arranging:

  • instalment payments – the course must be fully paid for in advance

  • a private room for breastfeeding

  • an interpreter – we can provide one or you can bring one if you tell us in advance (they must be over 18 years old).

All of our training venues have wheelchair access and reserved parking spaces for blue badge holders.

What to do in severe weather

If there’s snow or flooding on the day of your course, call the venue to check it’s still going ahead.


  • De Vere Theobalds Estate: 01992 633375


  • Hertfordshire Sports Village, de Havilland Campus: 01707 284466

  • Mercure Hatfield Oak Hotel: 01707 275701


The Priory Hotel: 01462 420500


  • Hilton Watford Hotel: 01923 235881

  • Mercure London Watford Hotel: 020 8901 0000 (press 0 for reception)

If you can't make it because of the weather conditions, or if your course is cancelled, please contact us on 0300 123 4035 to arrange a new date. You can't re-book online.

Will my information be kept confidential?

Yes. We'll keep your attendance information for 1 year.  We'll tell the police about your attendance once you have completed the course.

The police will then keep your information for 7 years.

More information about the course.