The Florida Department of Motor Vehicles regulates the approval of traffic school courses for Florida drivers. The most common driving course taken is Basic Driver Improvement referred to as Traffic School. This course is taken for speeding tickets or moving violations to avoid points added to your Florida drivers license.
This course is required for Florida drivers who have had their licenses suspended for too many points, 3 crash convictions within 3 years, judge or court ordered for habitual offenders. Once registered for the ADI course most drivers can apply for a Hardship License with their Enrollment Letter. The course must be completed in order to have their license reinstated once the suspensions period is over.
Each state manages the rights and privileges it assigns drivers. In Florida the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) administers drivers license rules and regulations. In some situations the Florida DMV may require you to take traffic school. In other situations you may elect to take traffic school.
Moving Violations (received tickets/citation):
Mandatory Traffic School:
The DMV requires you complete Traffic School for the following reasons:
Drivers Ages 15 to 17:
Learners permit drivers must have a permit for 12 months without receiving 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.
TCAC Traffic Collision Avoidance Course:
You must complete a driver improvement course (TCAC - traffic collision avoidance course) which is the same as the 4 hour Traffic School course if the following has occurred:
Florida drivers cannot elect Traffic School if:
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.
When you receive a speeding ticket or moving violation in Florida a case is opened in the DMV 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.
Points are assigned 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:
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.