|NO PAPER CERTIFICATES ACCEPTED AT DRIVER LICENSE OFFICES
Convenient on-line reporting lets traffic schools automatically report course completions to DHSMV
so the Driver License offices can view students who successfully complete Traffic Law and Substance
Abuse Education (TLSAE), Basic Driver Improvement (BDI, TCAC, Red Light), and Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI).
Reasons for Attending Basic Driver
|You must complete a basic driver improvement course
(Traffic Collision Avoidance Course) if you want to retain
your driver license in the following circumstance:
- You were a driver in a crash and are found at fault and
- someone was transported to the hospital or
- you had two crashes in a two-year period, which
resulted in property damage greater than $500.
- Passed a stopped school bus
- Highway Racing
- Highway Racing - Spectator
- Reckless Driving
- Running a red light
|If you receive a ticket for a non-criminal moving violation,
and you do not hold a commercial driver license, you may
elect to attend a basic driver improvement course in lieu
of points on your driving record.
In some cases, you may choose to attend a basic driver
improvement course to receive insurance discounts. This
discount is solely at the discretion of your insurance
|Electing to Attend Traffic School
Drivers with a Class A, B, or C license may not make an
election under this subsection.
If, as a result of a moving violation, you elect
to attend and complete a basic driver improvement course,
you will receive the following benefits:
- Your insurance rates cannot go up and your policy
cannot be cancelled because of this violation, unless
this involved a crash where you were at fault.
- Points may not be added to your driver license record,
adjudication of guilt is withheld, and safe driver status
is maintained if applicable. You may not make an election under this
subsection if you have made this election in the preceding
12 months. A person may make no more than five elections
in a lifetime.
Within 30 days from the date you received the traffic
citation and prior to attending class, you must:
You may contact the traffic school of your choice to register
for class. The Florida Department of Highway Safety and
Motor Vehicles must approve the course. Traffic schools
are listed in your local telephone directory under "driving
instruction" or "traffic schools." Approved
course providers are also listed below. To locate an approved
on-line basic driver improvement course, refer to your
local telephone directory, or contact the course providers
- inform the Clerk of Court in the county where you
received the citation that you want to go to traffic
- pay an election fee to the Clerk of Court in the
county where you received the citation.
A full list of your options for satisfying your traffic
citation is on the back of the citation. You are required
to choose one of the three options within 30 days of
receiving the citation.
|If you choose to pay the civil penalty or
are adjudicated guilty by a judge, your driver record
will be assessed as follows:
|Speeding 15 m.p.h or less over posted speed
|Speeding more than 15 m.p.h. over posted speeds
|Passing stopped school bus
|Moving violation (non-speeding) resulting in an crash
|Unlawful speed resulting in a crash
|Reckless driving (criminal traffic violation)
|Leaving scene of crash with damage
|Violation of child restraint laws
If you accumulate:
- 12 points in 12 months, your license will be suspended
for 30 days;
- 18 points within 18 months results in a 3 month
- 24 points within 36 months results in a 12 month
Drivers 15-17 Years Old
If you are driving with a Florida learner's license,
you must hold it for at least 12 months without a traffic
conviction before you may apply for a Florida Class
E license. You may avoid conviction by electing to attend
and completing a basic driver improvement course approved
by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor
If you are driving with a Florida learner's license
or a Florida Class E license and you receive 6 points,
you are restricted to driving for business purposes
only for 12 months or until you reach the age of 18.
Restriction time is increased if additional points are
accumulated. You may avoid conviction by electing to
attend and completing a basic driver improvement course
approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety
and Motor Vehicles.
| Traffic schools are listed in your
local telephone directory under "driving instruction"
or "traffic schools." Approved course providers
are also listed below.
To locate an approved on-line basic driver improvement
course, refer to your local telephone directory, or
contact the course providers listed below.
Basic Driver Improvement Course
| The course curricula of the following providers
have been approved by the Department. While some course
providers offer in-person courses themselves, most contract
with local traffic schools to provide these services.
Always ensure that the course meets your specific needs
for attendance. Please refer to your local phone directory
or use an Internet search engine to locate traffic schools
in your area.