Frequently Asked Questions for Traffic School
Is this traffic school certified by the State of Florida?
Yes, this online Driver Improvement (also known as traffic school and defensive driving) is State-approved in Florida. This course is certified by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
How do I know if I need to take Traffic School?
Traffic school is available for those who get a traffic ticket for a non-criminal moving violation. This does not apply to commercial driver license holders.
Traffic School is a requirement for license holders to keep their driving privileges if:
- the driver was in a crash and at fault and
- someone was taken to the hospital or
- the driver had two crashes in two years, which resulted in damaged property that exceeded $50
- the driver was convicted of
- running a red light or stop sign
- reckless driving
- failing to stop for a school bus
ADI (Advanced Driver Improvement) is required if the court has suspended or revoked your license but allowed you to take traffic school to get a hardship license.
Is the course registration and payment secure?
Yes. Any personal information you provide is transmitted using industry standard 1280-bit SSL encryption. This is the same level of encryption used for online banking as well as online commerce across the globe. To verify that the site is using strong encryption, when you hit "Register" you will notice in the address bar that the url starts with https. That tells the browser to use a secure standard for online transactions. Also, other notifications are often available to provide assurance like the padlock symbol in IE and Chrome, or the green bar in Firefox and Chrome.
How long does the online traffic school course take?
The Basic Driver Improvement traffic school course takes a minimum of 4 hours to successfully complete. Expect to spend at least this amount of time completing the course. Judge-ordered driver improvement is a total of 8 hours. Advanced Driver Improvement is 12 hours.
Do I have to take the online traffic school course in one sitting?
No, unlike the classroom setting where you may have to take the course in one sitting, the benefits of taking this online traffic school is that once you have registered, you can log in and out of the course as many times as you wish, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. When you log out, our system remembers where you were and when you log back in it will return you to the same point. This online format allows you to create the schedule you want with the only restriction being that you must successfully complete the course within 3 months from the time you registered.
What can I expect in the online traffic school course?
This course has an introduction, 7 modules, each with practice quizzes, and a final exam with a passing grade of 80% required.
What can I expect in the online streaming or DVD traffic school?
This course has an introduction, 7 modules, each with quizzes, and no final exam!
Am I able to print out the course material?
You are not able to print out the course material, but feel free to take any notes as needed.
When will I get my certificate?
Once you have successfully completed the course, you simply choose the delivery methods that best fit your situation. You can have your certificate emailed to you, sent via U.S. first class mail or expedited overnight or second day.
Can I get my certificate the same day?
All certificates are shipped Upon successful completion of the course, you can choose to upgrade to have your certificate emailed to you. Overnight or second-day deliveries are also available.
What do I do with my certificate once I have completed the course?
When you have successfully completed the course and received your certificate, you must file it with the appropriate court where the traffic ticket was issued. For more information on court locations and their contact details, visit our county court locations page.
Where can I find court contact information?
If you need to contact the court regarding your traffic ticket or taking traffic school, click on "County Court Locations" above for a full detailed list of the contact information for the Florida Courts.
Where can I find the traffic laws for Florida?
The links below give easy online access to Florida's traffic and license laws, rules of the road and the Florida Driver's Handbook.
- Florida Traffic Laws
- Florida Driver License Laws
- Florida Motor Vehicle Registration and Title Laws
- Florida Driver's Handbook
Can I get an Insurance Discount with this Traffic School?
Yes, depending on your insurance company, you may get an insurance discount if you take traffic school (BDI course).
Will I get points on my driving record if I pay the fine?
You can still receive points on your driving record even if you have paid the fine. If the court allows you to take traffic school and you successfully complete it within the required time frame and submit proof of completing a traffic course to the court, you should not receive any points.
Remember, if you do get points on your driving record your insurance premiums may rise or your insurance may be canceled all together.
I am not a resident of Florida and I got a ticket while visiting, can I still take this 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.
I have a Commercial Driver's License, am I able to take traffic school?
No. If you are unsure, contact the court located on your ticket to make sure that your class of license and traffic ticket is eligible for traffic school.