Frequently Asked Questions

Are your courses approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles?

Yes, the American Safety Council is Florida's first and largest provider of online traffic safety courses. The Florida Basic Driver Improvement (BDI), Intermediate Driver Improvement (Judge Ordered) and Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) courses are all listed on the FL DHSMV website.

How do I know which course I need?

The 4-Hour Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) course is for drivers who are looking to remove ticket points, fulfill a court order, or to keep driving privileges as a result of running a red light or stop sign, reckless driving, racing, or failing to stop for a school bus. You also have to take this traffic school if you were found at fault in an accident — where someone was transported to the hospital, or you had two crashes in two years that resulted in property damage greater than $50.

If you were ordered by a judge, you may need the 8-hour Intermediate Driver Improvement (judge-ordered) course.

For driver's license reinstatement as the result of a suspension or revocation, you will need the 12-hour Advanced Driver Improvement course.

Do I get a point reduction?

Yes, upon completion of traffic school no points will be charged to your driving record.

Can I get the amount of my ticket reduced if I take a basic driver improvement course (BDIC)?

Yes. A Jan. 1, 2019, change to Florida law allows drivers who complete a BDIC to receive a 9% discount on their citation amount. Visit the Florida Senate website for more details about this legislation update.

I am a non-Florida resident who got a ticket while visiting. Can I still take the 4-hour Basic Driver Improvement course?

Yes, you can take this course. Once you have successfully completed the course, you must submit your certificate to the Florida court location listed on the traffic ticket.

How do I know if I can take traffic school?

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, a list of your options should be on the back of your traffic ticket. You are required to choose one of these options within 30 days of receiving the ticket.

How do I get a point reduction?

If you decide to take traffic school, you need to inform the clerk of court in the county where you received the ticket. You must pay the fine at the time you tell them you are electing to take traffic school. We will report your completion for you so the DMV can view your completion online. However, you will also get a certificate for your records or other purposes.

Can I get an insurance discount upon course completion?

While not mandatory for the state of Florida, insurance providers do give discounts for completing traffic school or defensive driving courses. You will have to check with your insurance company to see if this qualifies.

How long does it take to complete?

The state requires all students to spend the minimum time required. The course times are: BDI — 4 hours, Judge Ordered — 8 hours, and ADI — 12 hours.

Do I have to take the course in one sitting?

No, you can log in and out of the course as needed. When you log out, our system saves your progress. When you log back in, it will return you to the same point.

When will I get my certificate of completion?

Once you have successfully completed the course, you'll choose the delivery option that best fits your needs, with rush options available. With free standard delivery, a digital version of your certificate will be available to download after 7 days.

How often can I attend traffic school?

You can choose to take traffic school to avoid points in the state of Florida 5 times maximum.

How do I sign up?

Select the "Register Now" button for the course you need. Simply answer a few questions on our short online registration form to get started. This information allows us to submit your completion to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Once you submit payment, you can immediately start the course!

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