Point Reduction in Florida
Florida allows you to enroll in and complete a basic driver improvement course in order to avoid accumulating violation-related points on their driving record. “Violation-related points” are points the driver would have incurred per that particular traffic ticket.
For more information, please visit our Traffic Schools in Florida page.
Traffic Tickets and Driving Record Points
Florida will not dismiss your traffic ticket from your record if you enroll in and successfully complete a basic driver improvement course. However, traffic school will reduce the points you would have incurred due to the FL traffic ticket. You must still pay your traffic ticket fine.
Also note that:
- Driving school for point reduction is an option only for non-criminal moving violations. During situations when other types of more serious violations―such as car accidents, running red lights, and reckless driving― are involved, driving schools become options for keeping your FL driver’s license.
- You may only opt to enroll in driving school once every 12 months, and 5 times total in your lifetime.
- If applicable, your status as a safe driver is maintained after you complete driving school.
- If you have your learner's license, it is possible to avoid conviction by taking a basic driver improvement course.
- If you are a FL CDL holder, you will not be eligible for point reduction via a traffic school.
To take advantage of traffic school, you must notify the court within 30 days of receiving your Florida traffic ticket, but prior to actually enrolling in the course.
Generally, drivers pay their traffic ticket fines at the same time they notify the court. In addition to your fine, you’ll also pay an election fee to the court.Other Topics in This Section