Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course [BDIC]:Avoiding Points on Your Driving Record

You’re probably reading this right now because you got a letter in the mail from the Michigan Secretary of State telling you that you’re eligible for traffic school. Probably for that speeding ticket, that red light you ran, or stop sign you missed. It happens to all of us at one time or another.  So now you can make things right and avoids points on your license. Keeping those points off your license will keep your insurance rates down. That’s money in your pocket.

It’s also more than just money because if you already have points on your license, a good traffic school course can prevent your license from being suspended for racking up too many points from multiple violations. The points will stay on your record for 2 years and the violation itself will be there for 7 years. That’s a long time. Especially, if your driving record could be a deciding factor for you in a job opportunity. Many employers require a clean driving record to be eligible for certain jobs and you don’t want to miss out on life’s big opportunities because you got a ticket.

Typically, violations are eligible for traffic school if they are 3 points or less. You need to have 2 or less points already on your driving record to be allowed into the program. Again, Michigan will send you a notice of your eligibility if you’re able to take the course. You will typically have 60 days to register for and finish the course. A deadline to complete by will also be listed on your notice of BDIC eligibility letter.

BDIC Eligibility will only apply to tickets on or after December 31, 2010. You’ll still be responsible for any fines or fees associated with the ticket itself but remember the BDI course is about averting damage from points on your record.

Here’s a full breakdown of requirements

  1. You hold a valid Michigan drivers license [no CDLs]
  2. Your citation is for a minor non-criminal violation [no felony or misdemeanor charges]
  3. You currently carry 2 points or less on your driving record
  4. You’re not currently in a 60-day eligibility window for a another traffic ticket
  5. Your ticket is for less than 3 points and is considered an eligible violation
  6. You have not completed the BDIC course before (you can only complete this program once per lifetime)

For an easy online Michigan BDI course, I recommend I Drive Safely.

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