Drivers that get a traffic ticket in Florida have the option of taking several courses to avoid points on their drivers license, regain their driving privilege or complete a judge or court ordered requirement. In addition, there are State of Florida Authorized courses to get your learners permit, for habitual traffic offenders, and the Permit Test — official knowledge exam that must be passed for by all new drivers getting a Florida Drivers License.
The BDI Course is taken for moving violations — the most common reason drivers take this traffic school course is for speeding tickets to avoid points. Completing Traffic School keeps Safe Driver status and auto insurance rates lower.
The 8 hour Traffic School is also known as Intermediate Driver Improvement and Defensive Driving. This course is usually taken because of a judge or court order.
Some Florida counties allow you to take this course for a second traffic ticket if you have already completed the 4 hour Basic Driver Improvement course in the last 12 months. This means you complete both a 4-hour and a 8-hour Traffic School course all within a 12 month period for 2 separate tickets to avoid points. Please check with your county to ensure they allow the 8 hour Intermediate Course.
Hardship License - as soon as you register and receive an Enrollment Letter you can apply for a Hardship License which allows you to drive to and from work.
Reinstate Suspended License - if your drivers license was suspended for too many points you are required to complete the 12 hour ADI Course to reinstate your license once you complete the suspensions period.
3 Crashes in 3 Years - when convicted of 3 crashes within a 3 year period you may be required to complete the 12 hour Advanced Driver Improvement course.
If you are driver with a Florida drivers license that is 55 or older you qualify for a mandatory discount on your auto insurance of 10% a year if you complete the Florida Auto Insurance Discount Course
Some auto insurance companies honor this course starting at age 50.
We recommend you check with your auto insurance company before completing this six hour course. In some cases you may have been given a seniors discount.
The typical savings for completing the Mature Driver Insurance discount course is $100 a year for three years for a total of $300.
All of the Courses listed here are approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles in all 67 Florida Counties. following is more detail on each course
The 4 Hour Traffic School course is organized into sections or modules and each section has a required amount of time but you can take as long as you like. When you finish all the sections you will take the final test and you must get at least 80% to pass. You have 3 chances to pass the test. If you do not pass the final test you will have to signup again for the course but there is no charge.
Topics Covered in the 4 hour Traffic School Course
The 8 hour traffic school course is divided into 15 sections. As the name suggests a student must spend a minimum of 8 hours in the course. The course will display a timer and let the student know how much time must be spent in each section and keep track of the time you spend in each section. Like all the courses the student can login and logout on their schedule and use any computer. At the end of each section there is a quiz and at the end of course there is a test.
Topics Covered in the 8 hour Traffic Intermediate School Course
The 12 Hour Traffic School course also called ADI (Advanced Driver Improvement) is commonly by drivers that have had their license suspended. By registering for the 12 hour traffic school course students can apply for a hardship license. The 12 hours of the course cannot be completed in one day — the fastest a student can complete the course is over 2 days. Like all traffic school courses the student can login and logout on their schedule.
If you have a Florida drivers license and receive a traffic ticket in another state you do NOT have the option of taking a Florida traffic school course to avoid points on your drivers license.
The out of state ticket information will be transmitted to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and you will receive the appropriate points on your Florida drivers license.
The DMV manages the rules and regulations for traffic school in Florida.
For speeding tickets you will pay your fine to the Clerk of court in the county where you received the ticket. In Florida you must pay your fine within 30 days of receiving your ticket.
When you pay your fine for a non criminal traffic violation such as speeding or running a stop sign you must "Elect Traffic" school to avoid points on your driving record.
Many Florida Counties provide a way to pay your traffic ticket fine online and elect traffic school. If online traffic school election is not available the Clerk of Court provides form you complete to elect traffic school.
Check the location you are going to visit for their schedule.
When you complete your traffic school course you will deliver your certificate of completion to the clerk of court in the county where you received your ticket.
4 Hour Traffic School is the most common course taken for speeding tickets and other moving violations.
State of Florida regulations dictate that a driver may only take the basic driver improvement course 5 times in their life and once in a 12 month period.
You can get all the details of past traffic school elections by getting your complete driving record.