4 hour Traffic School - Basic Driver Improvement (BDI)

If you receive a speeding ticket, moving violation, or other traffic ticket in Florida you have the option of taking the BDI - Basic Driver Improvement Course. Taking the BDI course will keep points off your driving record and prevent your car insurance cost from increasing. This course is approved for all 67 counties of Florida and can be taken on your schedule, allowing you to login and logout as you progress. It can be taken on your computer or mobile device.

Who Can and Cannot Take the Basic Driver Improvement Course

The Basic Driver Improvement course can be taken once every twelve (12) months and a maximum of five (5) times in your lifetime. In most situations you the driver elect to take traffic school and you do this at the time you pay the fine for your traffic citation at the clerk of court office. There are cases where you are ordered to take the BDI course - see below. Traffic School can be elected for most speeding tickets and moving violations the benefits are as follows:

Benefits for completing Traffic School for a Speeding Ticket or Moving Violation:

  • Points cannot be added to your Florida Drivers License Record and adjudication of guilt is withheld.
  • Your car insurance company cannot add additional premium rates, cancel a policy, or issue a non-renewal notice on any insurance policy or contract because of a traffic infraction with adjudication withheld. The exception is if the traffic infraction involves a traffic crash in which the insurer was at fault and the insurance company incurred a loss.

When you complete the BDI course your safe driver status is maintained

Drivers That Cannot Elect the BDI Course

  • If you have elected to take the BDI course in the preceding 12 months
  • If you have a commercial drivers license (CDL)
  • If you received a traffic citation for driving 30 mph above the speed limit

Mandatory Traffic School (Judge or Court Ordered) TCAC:

If you are ordered to take a 4 hour traffic school course it called TCAC or Judge Ordered. TCAC stands for Traffic Collision Avoidance Course. This is the BDI course under a different name.

The Florida DMV requires you complete Traffic School for the following reasons:

  • If you receive a citation for a crash, are found at fault and anyone was taken to the hospital
  • Running a Red Light
  • Reckless Driving
  • Passing a School Bus that has it's stop signal activated
  • Racing on a highway or as a highway racing spectator
  • If you elected Traffic School for a moving violation then you must complete the course or your license may be suspended>.
  • If you are in two crashes in a two year period and there is damage of $500 or more.

Traffic School Election

  • Fine - you have the first 30 days of receiving a ticket to pay the citation fine.
  • Elect Traffic School - When you pay your fine to the clerk of court within those first 30 days of receiving a ticket you need to inform the Clerk of Court in the county that issued you the ticket that you plan to complete Traffic School referred to as "Elect Traffic School" option.
  • Complete Traffic School - typically you have an additional 60 to 90 days to complete Traffic School and turn in your Certificate of Completion into the county that issued you the ticket. Each Florida County Clerk of Court has their own deadline. Once the Clerk of Court receives the Certificate they will close out the citation without putting points on your license.

Note: You must elect to take traffic school within 30 days of your citation date - if you miss that window you cannot take the 4 Hour Traffic School Course for your current citation

Drivers Ages 15 to 17 with a Learners Permit:

Drivers with a Florida Learners permit must have their permit for 12 months without a traffic conviction before they can apply for a Class E drivers license. To avoid a conviction a learners permit driver can complete the 4 hour Traffic School if they receive a ticket or citation for a moving violation. Drivers with a learners permit that plead guilty, pay their fine and receive points on their driving record must keep their learners for another 12 months with no traffic violations before they can get their Class E drivers license. For that reason it is very important for these drivers to take traffic school and avoids points on their driving record.

Drivers Under 18 Years Old

Drivers that are under 18 years old that acquire 6 points or more on their driving record in a 12 month period are automatically restricted for one year to driving for business purposes only.

Any additional points added result in the driving restriction being extended for 90 days for each additional point.

Save on Auto Insurance

Some auto insurance companies provide discounts for those that complete a Driver Improvement course. Check with you car insurance company to see what discounts are offered.

Learn more on how to get discounts on car insurance policies.

Moving Violation Points

When you receive a speeding ticket or moving violation in Florida a case is opened in the Clerk of Court office in the Florida county where you received the ticket. You are expected to pay your fine within 30 days and inform their Clerk of Court Traffic Division that you have elected Traffic School so they keep your ticket open.

You usually have three choices when you receive a Florida traffic ticket. Pay the Full Fine, Elect Traffic School, or Challenge it in Court.

Pay The Fine and Plead Guilty

If you pay your fine and plead Guilty points are put on your driving record and your case is closed. Once points are assigned there is no process to remove them. Your driver record will be assessed with the following points:

  • Moving Violations - 3 points
  • Speeding 15 mph or less over posted speed limit - 3 points
  • Littering - 3 points
  • Violation of child restraint laws - 3 points
  • Speeding more than 15 mph over posted speed limit - 4 points
  • Passing stopped school bus - 4 points
  • Moving violation (non-speeding) resulting in a crash - 4 points
  • Reckless driving - criminal traffic violation - 4 points
  • Unlawful speed resulting in a crash - 6 points
  • Leaving scene of crash with damage - 6 points

Elect Traffic School and Pay the fine for your Traffic Ticket

Your case is kept open.

You are expected to complete a state approved traffic school course and submit your Certificate of Completion to the Clerk of Court in the county where you received your ticket within the deadline. Typically you have the first 30 days to pay the ticket fine and another 30 to 90 days to complete traffic school if it elected.

When the clerk receives your Certificate of Completion then your case is closed and no points are assigned to your driving record.

Go to Traffic Court

If you believe you are not guilty of the Traffic Violation you received a ticket for and you can prove it then going to court is your option