CLERK OF COURT & COMPTROLLER
HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, FLORIDA
Traffic School Options
If you are eligible for and select the Basic Driver Improvement School (Driving or Traffic School) option, adjudication (judgment) is withheld on your traffic ticket, the cost of the traffic ticket increases, and the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles will not assess points against your driving record. A course completion certificate must be returned to the Hillsborough County Clerk's Office within 60 calendar days from the date the ticket was issued. Florida allows drivers to make the driving school election once within a 12-month period and no more than five times in your lifetime.
If you hold a Commercial Driver's License (CDL) or you were driving a Commercial Motor Vehicle (CMV) at the time of the offense, you are not eligible for the driving school option. If you were cited for a driver's license, vehicle registration or proof of insurance violation for an accident, or for leaving a child under the age of 6 years unattended in a vehicle, these tickets will be ineligible for traffic school.
Should you fail to make the driving school election at the same time that you pay for your ticket, and later change your mind about going to traffic school, your only option with your traffic ticket will be to pay the full penalty and be assessed points, or to request a court appearance in front of a judge.
NOTE: Failure to complete traffic school and submit your completion certificate within 60 calendar days from the date your ticket was issued may result in the suspension of your driving privileges and additional assessments.
You can only select State approved traffic schools. You are responsible for the cost of your traffic school -- this is an expense separate from your traffic ticket penalty. School costs vary, so you may want to visit the website of more than one school to compare costs.
Elect Traffic School and Pay for Ticket (step by step)
Submit Traffic School Certificate (step by step)