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    Remove MI Driving Record Points

    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.

    Complete a MI Basic Driver Improvement Course

    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.

    Submit Requirements to the Court

    Upon successfully completing the course, the provider will electronically notify the Michigan SOS. Some schools may give you a completion certificate for your personal records.

    For details about how you will receive your proof of completion, please contact your course provider.

    Check Your Michigan Driving Record

    After completing the course, check your MI driving record for accuracy. Verify that the Michigan SOS did not add any points relating to the traffic ticket you received. Keep in mind that the violation will still appear. If you're a probationary driver you may have to retake your driving exams (written and/or driving) and you may also lose your driving privileges.

    If you think there is incorrect information showing up on your driving record, please contact the Michigan Secretary of State (SOS).

    Instant Michigan Driving Record

    Check for tickets, violations, and confirm your drivers license status with a instant self-check driving record. Each record may include suspensions, points, classifications, vital data, endorsements, expiration and driving status.

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    Get an Auto Insurance Discount

    Completing a defensive driving course will stop the Michigan SOS from showing your traffic ticket information to your car insurance provider. Nevertheless, if you still feel your current car insurance rates are unaffordable, take the time to shop around online to compare auto insurance rates from a variety of car insurance companies.

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