Point Reduction in Michigan
Michigan allows an opportunity to remove points from your driving record by completing a Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC). Before enrolling, wait to receive a notification letter from the MI Secretary of State (SOS) regarding your eligibility.
For more information about your enrollment options and completion requirements, please visit our Traffic School in Michigan page.
Generally, you will be eligible to take traffic school to remove points/dismiss a traffic ticket if:
- You possess a valid non-commercial MI driver's license, with a low number of points on your driving record.
- The violation was not committed in a commercial vehicle.
- The violation was not a criminal offense.
- Your citation/violation is course eligible (the SOS provides a list of "eligible" infractions).
You won't be eligible for a defensive driving course if:
- You are currently in the period of BDIC eligibility for a previous traffic citation.
- You have already had points dismissed under this program.
- Your MI driver's license is restricted, suspended, or revoked.
- You have too many points on your Michigan driving record.
- You held a commercial driver's license (CDL) at the time of the citation.
The courts/Michigan Secretary of State (SOS) will give you a deadline to complete the course. You must enroll in a state-approved course to receive credit. Depending on the course provider, you may be given the option to complete the class either online or in a classroom setting. On-site classes generally last about 6 hours. Prices vary by program.
Regardless of whether you take defensive driving online or in the classroom, you'll cover topics including:
- Michigan traffic laws.
- Defensive driving tips and techniques.
- Safe driving behaviors.
- Accident avoidance.
- Alcohol/drug violations and consequences.
Even if you are not eligible to use a defensive driving course to dismiss a ticket or reduce your driving record points, taking a course may still be beneficial to your driving habits. You may be able to develop the skills and gain the knowledge necessary to avoid committing the same violations in the future.Other Topics in This Section