Florida Basic Driver Improvement Eligibility

Requirements and Restrictions

If any of the following circumstances apply to your case, you must complete a basic driver improvement course, or Traffic Collision Avoidance Course, if you want to retain your driver license:

  • You were the driver in a crash, were found at fault, and
    • someone was transported to the hospital; or
    • you have had two crashes in a two-year period, which resulted in property damage greater than $500.
  • You passed a stopped school bus
  • You were a participant of highway racing
  • You were a spectator in highway racing
  • You were cited for reckless driving
  • You ran 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. You may not attend a basic driver improvement course if you have attended in the past 12 months. A person may not attend a basic driver improvement course more than five (5) times in a lifetime.

Within 30 days from the date you received the traffic citation and prior to attending a basic driver improvement course, you must:

  1. Inform the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the citation that you want to go to traffic school, and
  2. Pay an election fee to the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the citation.

You can notify the Clerk of the Court and pay your election fee by visiting the Florida Clerks website at: http://www.myfloridaclerks.com/. Select your county from the bottom left corner of the page and then click "Pay Traffic Tickets Online." After you pay your election fee, you must complete traffic school within 90 days, unless otherwise directed by the court.

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