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:  8.15am – 12.15pm.
Afternoon course:  1.15pm – 5.15pm.

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

You must tell us in advance if you have any special requirements. It is best to call us on 0300 123 4035 so that we can discuss your needs.

Examples of special requirements include:

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

  • a private room for breastfeeding - note that you cannot bring a baby or child into the classroom, so you will need to bring someone to care for your baby while you take part.

  • an interpreter – we can provide one or you can bring one if you tell us in advance (they must be over 16 years old and have some ID).

If you are disabled, it may be best to contact your chosen training venue to check on access and availability of disabled parking spaces. The contact numbers are under the severe weather section below.

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


Mercure Letchworth Hall Hotel: 01462 683747


  • 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 3 months from the course date. We’ll tell the police about your attendance once you have completed the course. Details of the police data policies.

More information about the course.