If you’ve ever gotten a ticket before you know how nerve-wracking the entire process can be: Fines, court dates, points on your license, and then your insurance company gets notified. If this is your first violation, you may have no idea what to do first. A traffic ticket is the gift that keeps on giving for 3 years as your insurance premiums skyrocket. In Florida, you don’t have to settle for that though. You can take a 4 Hour Basic Driver Improvement Course to forgive points on your record for a pending traffic ticket. Today I’m going to explain how to navigate through the Florida Traffic School process so you can get the whole thing behind you.
First, know that you should try to contact the Florida traffic court listed on your ticket right away to ask for traffic school so avoid points on your license. Not immediately, but give it a few days until after you got the ticket [the Justice system needs time to catch up]. Make sure you request traffic school within 30 days of your citation at the Clerk of Court in the county where you received the ticket. You’ll still pay the fine associated with your violation and possibly some administrative fees for traffic school but this will be small in comparison to what not taking traffic school could do to your insurance rates.
In Florida, you could also find yourself being ordered by the court [this is very common] to take a basic driver improvement/collision avoidance course if you:
- Were a driver in a crash and are found at fault and someone was transported to the hospital
- Had two crashes in a two-year period, which resulted in property damage greater than $500.
- Passed a stopped school bus
- Were Highway Racing
- Were Highway Racing as a Spectator
- Were Reckless Driving
- Ran a red light
You’ll be eligible for Florida Traffic School if you:
- Haven’t already taken traffic school within the last 12 months
- Have a valid drivers license [no CDL drivers]
- Contacted the court within 30 days of receiving your ticket
Again, as long as you are eligible for traffic school, you just have to request traffic school in person at the appropriate county court or by mail. The court will tell you how to send your certificate of completion to them [via mail, fax, in person] and give you a deadline to complete a basic driver improvement course by.
Once you’ve completed traffic school and turned in your certificate of completion to the court, wait about a month and then request a copy of your driving record. The violation you committed will still show up but the points will not be applied to your record which will keep you on the road with low insurance premiums.
We highly recommend I Drive Safely’s Online Traffic School for its Florida Basic Driver Improvement Course: