Florida Traffic Schools

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.

Florida Traffic Schools

Traffic School Updates

Benefits from completing Traffic School for a moving violation ticket:

  • Points cannot be added to your Florida Drivers License record and adjudication of guilt is withheld.
  • When you complete Traffic School car insurance companies 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.

12 Hour ADI (Advanced Driver Improvement) Course:

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.

ADI Course DMV Approved

Florida Traffic School Laws

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.

Traffic School Election

Moving Violations (received tickets/citation):

  • Ticket Fine - you have the first 30 days of receiving a ticket to pay the citation fine.
  • Elect Traffic School - in 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 30 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 has their own deadline. Once they receive the Certificate they will close out the citation without putting points on your license.

Mandatory Traffic School:

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

  • If you elected Traffic School for a moving violation then you must complete the course or your license may be suspended>.
  • Drivers convicted of: Passing a school bus with its stopped signal displayed; Racing on roads; Spectator at a highway race; Reckless driving; or, Running a red light.

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:

  • You were a driver in a crash and are found at fault;
  • Drivers cited in a crash that were found at fault and resulted in someone being transported to a hospital;
  • Drivers with 2 crashes in a 2 year period that resulted in property damage greater than $500.

Not Eligible for Traffic School:

Florida drivers cannot elect Traffic School if:

  • Have already completed 4 hour Traffic School in the last 12 months. You can obtain a copy of your driving record online.
  • Completed five (5) Traffic Schools in a lifetime.
  • Cited for going 30 mph over the posted speed limited.
  • Have a Commercial Drivers License (CDL.)

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 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.

Pay The Full Fine

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:

  • 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 Citation Fine

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.