Florida Traffic School Frequently Asked Questions
Defensive Driving School Questions
There are three (3) good reasons to attend an approved Florida Traffic School class as an "Election". (See Options)
- Your insurance company cannot legally raise your rates or refuse to renew your policy solely because of this non-criminal traffic infraction. (Per Section 626.9541(1)(o)12, Florida Statutory Laws.)
- Zero Points. When you receive a traffic ticket, points are assessed against your driving record. Attending a class will prevent the ticket from appearing on your official Florida driving record as points.
- If you are ordered to attend traffic school by a court, you must attend in order to keep your license from being suspended or revoked.
You have 30 days to pay the fine. We recommend that you take the class before paying the fine. That will allow you to pay your traffic ticket and provide a copy of your traffic school Certificate to the court as a completed package.
However, the State of Florida does permit you to pay the ticket first and then you will get an additional 60 days to go to a traffic school, depending on which county you received your citation. We strongly encourage you to check with the Clerk of Courts in that county to find out the time you are permitted after paying your ticket.
Remember, if you elect to attend a traffic school class, you must attend and complete the class before your due date. Failure to complete a Florida traffic school will result in:
- You are subsequently adjudicated guilty.
- The points will be added to your Florida Drivers record and stay there for 3 years.
- You will be required to return the discounted fine amount to the County.
- Your "Safe Driver" is removed from your record and the infraction is reported to your insurance company.
See above. However, you can contact your court to see if there is any consideration for an extension of your due date if you "elected" to complete a DDS class. We cannot extend your due date --Only a court may grant you that privilege.
If your requirement to complete a defensive driving school course was court ordered and your due date has passed, you need to contact the Clerk of the Courts Office as soon as possible. Within a short period of time (often the next day), the county will begin the suspension process by notifying the Florida DMV of your delinquency.
The classes are designed for four (4), eight (8), or 12 hours depending on which course you need. Classroom Courses are flexible with interaction among the students and instructor. One real benefit of a typical classroom course is that students are not required to pass a final exam.
If you choose the online class, they are designed to take the same equivalent time as a traditional in-class traffic school but you work at your own pace and from any computer connected to the internet. There is no maximum time to finish an online course; only your court due date determines when you are required to finish. However, Florida does require all Online Students to pass a final exam. There is often no time limit, but it is not included as part of the 4 hour, 8 hour or 12 hour time.
If you attend a In Person Class at Nations Traffic Safety School in our Tampa Center, in Orlando near UCF/ Research Park, or in Kissimmee off I-4 near Disney you can pay by cash or money order. Your payment is due on the day you attend class. No credit card information is needed when you enroll on our web site.
When you choose to attend one of our Online Classes, you can use your Credit Card or Debit Card. After you fill out the registration form, you will be linked to a secure credit card processing page. The payment site is encrypted to make your online purchase safe.
While "Walk-In's" are welcome on a space available basis for a Traditional class, we encourage you to reserve your seat by pre-registering. Students can Register for a Live Class Seminar using our convenient Online Form.
Registration for an Internet Class is also simple. You click on the appropriate button to the right and you will be taken to the Virtual Test Center's registration page. Just complete all the appropriate fields and you can get started immediately. You may also call ASI Support at 1-800-800-7121 during normal business hours, and register right away over the phone.
Online Traffic School Classes
When you attend traffic school at Nations, your Certificate is provided on the day you successfully complete your class at our Tampa, in Orlando or Kissimmee locations. Nations is linked to the Florida DHSMV via the Internet. We print the Certificate for you to give to the Court and provide another copy for your records. There is no additional cost to you.
When you take an online class, your certificate is available in digital format for downloading immediately after you complete your class mail at no additional cost to you - it's free. You can also have it sent via email (.pdf), USPS or UPS; these options do have additional processing fees.
After passing your final exam, you download your certificate in digial format. If you need help downloading or have other certificate questions, call ASI Support Center in Tallahassee at 800-800-7121 during normal business hours.
You can take our online traffic school courses from home, a friend or family members house, or any "hot spot" -- ANYTIME -- 24/7. Whatever computer, laptop or tablet you use, you just need Internet access that is not blocked by a Network Administrator. You can start on your own computer and finish on another.
Please Read. It is highly advisable to never attempt to take a course on a device smaller than a Tablet Size. Using a cell phone to attend any course is highly discouraged by all educational institutions.
No special downloads are required. Our Online courses will operate on standard PCs, Macs or Tablets that are connected to the Internet. (Cell phones are highly discourage when trying to attend a class over the Internet.) A PC or Mac Running:
- Windows Vista or later
- MacOS 9.x/OSX -- Must use Firefox (Safari will not work)
- Linux 2.2+
- Google Chrome (Win/Lin/Mac - recommended)
- Microsoft Edge (Win 10+)
- Firefox 1.0+ (Win/Lin/Mac)
- Mozilla 1.75+ (Win/Lin)
- Opera 1.5+ (Win/Lin)
Online Traffic School classes are designed for the person who wants to have some flexibility in attending a class. The courses are broken up into sections and you can log off and then log back in at a later time.
The computer records the section(s) you have completed. You can log on and off as many times as you wish until you complete the class. You can also do the entire course in one sitting --- it is up to you.
If you have already enrolled, you have a username and password, and can Login as often as you need to complete your course. If you have forgotten or lost your username or password, call the ASI Technical Support and National Call Center at 800-800-7121.
Internet users sometimes loose their connections. This may result from a lost connection, your mobile "hot spot" went cold or simply because your computer crashes. Not to worry, as you complete each section of the course, your progress is logged. Completion of chapter one, for example, cannot be lost if your answers are submitted to the system and graded. Being knocked off line at any point will bring you back to the start of the next unfinished chapter -- it will not delete previously completed chapters.
Our website is unable to control your Internet connection and inactivity on your part will not result in our system knocking you off line. Any activity requirements will be on the part of your Internet service provider.
See the table below for your internet course. Listed is the total times you can take the final exam for your class.
|Driver Improvement Course||Times to take Final Exam|
|Basic Driver Improvement (BDI) and T.C.A.C. Class (4 Hour Traffic School)||3|
|TLSAE Class for New Drivers (4- Hour)||2|
|Intermediate Driver Improvement Class (8 Hour Traffic School)||3|
The security questions are required by Florida to ensure that the proper individual is taking the class. You have 30 seconds after a security question appears to supply a correct answer. If you answer incorrectly or take too long to answer, the course will be "locked" for 24 Hours. If the class does not "unlock" after a full 24 hours, call the ASI technical support center at 1-800-800-7121 for assistance.
Please note: This process will reset the timer for that chapter back to 0 (you will have to retake that course chapter).
Never Leave your computer unattended while taking an online class! If you need to take a break, please sign-out.
Do you have additional questions about our Online or Classroom courses? You can reach us by phone or by using our email contact form on the Contact Us page. Once you have started an Online class and have technical related questions, please call the American Safety Institute's (ASI) Support and Call Center at 800-800-7121 for help.