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Any person charged with a moving or non-moving violation, other than violations involving driver licenses, vehicle registration, proof of insurance, serious accidents, or leaving a child under the age of six unattended in a vehicle, is eligible to elect to attend a driver improvement course in lieu of accumulating points on their driver history record.
An election to attend a driver improvement course to satisfy the violation will be entered on your driver history record as an "adjudication withheld". In other words, no points will be assessed against your driver's license.
Yes, the civil penalty is required and established by law.
The Martin County Bar Association provides access to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (FLHSMV) approved courses through Florida Online Traffic School. You may look under "Driver Instruction" in the Yellow Pages of local phone books. You may access information about Basic Driver Improvement Courses and providers through the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.
You may come into one of the Clerk's Office locations to make your election or, if the officer provided you an information guide at the time you were cited for the violation, you may make your election by mail to attend a driver improvement course. Read the Election Information contained in the bottom portion of the information guide furnished to you. Within 30 calendar days of the date your ticket was issued, complete the bottom portion and return the information to the Clerk's Office. Be sure to include your check or money order and allow sufficient time to ensure your Election Information is received by the Clerk's Office within the 30 required calendar days.
After you have completed and mailed your election to the Clerk, contact an approved school to arrange a schedule for the course. You will need to be prepared to pay for the course at the time you enroll. You must attend and complete the course and provide proof of completion to the Clerk's Office within 60 calendar days of your election. If you fail to meet any one of these requirements, you will be required to pay a civil penalty. In addition, a late fee will be owed, your driver's license will be suspended, a reinstatement fee to reinstate your privilege to drive will be required, and a conviction of the violation will be reported on your driver history record.
You may make an election to attend a driver improvement course to satisfy an eligible traffic violation one time in a 12 month period, but no more than five times in your lifetime. If you elect to attend but fail to satisfy the requirements, the election will still count towards the five allowed.
For information on the election requirements and costs involved, contact the traffic department of the Clerk's Office for the County in which you received the citation. For information on the driver improvement course locations, hours and costs, contact an approved school.