If you are not a Commercial Driver and you received a ticket for a non-criminal moving violation, you are eligible to elect to attend a 4-hour Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) course so points will not be added to your driving record.
In order to elect to attend a 4-hour BDI course, per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, you must do the following within 30 days of receiving the traffic violation and prior to signing up and attending a BDI course:
- Notify the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the citation that you want to go to traffic school in, either in person or by mailing a completed Traffic School Election Form and a copy of your citations with the form, and
- Pay an election fee to the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the citation. To avoid the suspension of your license, the payment and the election form must be received by the Clerk of the Court’s office within 30 days of the citation issue date.
Once those steps are completed, you may sign up (** If all other requirements are met) and attend a Traffic School whose BDI course is approved by Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, such as Gold Traffic School.
** You are eligible for the 4-hour course if you have not elected a 4-hour traffic course within the last 12 months or 5 times within a lifetime (after October 1, 2008) -- or -- if you have never before elected a 4-hour traffic school course and you do not hold a Commercial Drivers License (CDL) and were not charged with a Toll Violation or Red Light Violation issued by a camera.**
You must present the completion certificate to the Clerk's office in the county where you received your citation. For Miami-Dade county, you must mail your certificate of completion to the
Clerk of Courts, PO BOX 19321, Miami, Florida 33101-9321 within 120 days of the date of payment or court appearance. Please note, Gold Traffic School does not send completion certificates to the court directly. It is the student’s responsibility to fulfil that requirement.
Miami-Dade Clerk of the Court Traffic School Election Form can be found here: http://www.miami-dadeclerk.com/library/traffic/494-Web.pdf
Per the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, you must complete a basic driver improvement course (Traffic Collision Avoidance Course) if you want to retain your driver license in the following circumstance:
- You were a driver in a crash and are found at fault and
- someone was transported to the hospital or
- you had two crashes in a two-year period, which resulted in property damage greater than $500.
- Passed a stopped school bus
- Highway Racing
- Highway Racing - Spectator
- Reckless Driving
- Running a red light
In order to qualify for a Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) Point Election, you must elect within 30 days (s. 318.14 (4), F.S.) from the date you received the traffic citation and prior to attending class, inform the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the citation that you want to go to traffic school, and pay an election fee to the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the citation. Other than this case, you may NOT choose an election. Additionally other than this circumstance, elections cannot be made after the initial 30 days period of the citation.
Follow all the court instructions given to you to satisfy completion with the court. If you were ordered by the court to attend a 4-hour BDI traffic school course, you must complete the course to avoid the suspension of your driver license. Once your license is suspended for failing to comply with this court order, you must complete the course prior to having your driver license reinstated.