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Eligible drivers in Michigan can complete a Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) to prevent traffic ticket points from being added to their driving record, avoid insurance premium increases and become a safer driver. If your citation qualifies for a BDIC, the state will mail you a notification letter that will include a deadline for course completion.

Our 100% online course is approved by the Michigan Department of State. Students will learn safe driving strategies, defensive driving techniques, traffic laws and more.

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Michigan's 100% online Basic Driver Improvement Course is a convenient way to prevent the accumulation of traffic ticket points on your record while avoiding rising insurance premiums. With the flexibility to access the course on your computer, phone or tablet, you have the freedom to take control of your driving record.

We also automatically report your course completion to the state, eliminating any extra paperwork on your part. You can start the course immediately when you register and train at your own pace — the course saves your progress, so you can take breaks as needed. Download your certificate immediately after you complete the course.

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Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course Details

The four-hour course consists of seven modules covering these topics:

  • Traffic Crash Problems
  • The Human Factors
  • OWI (Operating While Intoxicated) Prevention
  • Crash Dynamics
  • Safety Equipment
  • Crash Prevention Techniques
  • Michigan Traffic Laws

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Basic Driver Improvement Course?

A Basic Driver Improvement Course, also known as BDIC or a BDI course, allows eligible Michigan drivers to avoid ticket points from being added to their driving records. During the four-hour BDIC program, you'll refresh your knowledge of basic traffic safety guidelines.

Completing the course can also prevent your insurance provider from increasing your rate due to new points on your record. Contact your insurance provider for specific details.

How long does the Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course take?

This course takes a minimum of four hours to complete, meeting the state's length requirement for BDIC courses. Although the course meets the mandatory four-hour minimum, it can be taken at your own pace according to your schedule.

Who is eligible to take this course?

The State of Michigan will send you a letter of eligibility if you're able to take a BDIC course. If you've lost your notice, you can still complete the course if all other qualifications are met.

Generally, students will be eligible if they meet the following requirements:

  • You hold a valid, non-commercial driver's license
  • You have fewer than four points on your driving record
  • The violation is for a non-criminal offense
  • The violation is categorized as eligible
  • You have not previously completed a Basic Driver Improvement Course

It's important to note that this course can only be completed once in a person's lifetime. Michigan drivers might be eligible to complete a BDI course when cited out of state. Eligibility will be determined by the Department of State, who will mail you an eligibility notice if you qualify.

Out-of-state drivers who receive a citation in Michigan are ineligible for BDIC program benefits.

What's the difference between a defensive driving course and a Basic Driver Improvement Course?

In Michigan, a defensive driving course (traffic school) is mandatory for certain violations. The court will inform you if you need to take this course.

Defensive driving courses:

  • Are court-ordered and mandatory
  • Are six hours long
  • Can be retaken if you receive future violations

For minor traffic violations, you have the option to take a Basic Driver Improvement Course to avoid points on your driving record and potential insurance premium increases. If you are eligible for BDIC, the court will notify you by mail and provide details about your deadline for course completion.

BDIC courses:

  • Are optional
  • Require a letter of eligibility sent by the court
  • Are four hours long
  • Require you to have two or fewer points on your driving record
  • Can only be taken once in your lifetime

What are the testing requirements for this course?

Students are required to pass seven quizzes — one per module — and receive a minimum score of 70%. Quizzes are 10 questions each and offer unlimited attempts.

You'll be prompted to take the final exam after completing the seven modules and their quizzes. The final exam consists of 20 multiple-choice questions, and you must score at least 70% to pass.

You'll have three chances to pass — if you fail after three attempts, you can re-register for the course at no additional charge within your 60-day eligibility period. There's no limit to how many times you can take the course within your eligibility period.

What tickets are eligible for this program?

Eligible tickets for the Basic Driver Improvement Course encompass a range of traffic violations, including but not limited to speeding, improper passing and disobeying traffic signals.

You can find a comprehensive list of eligible tickets on the official website of the Michigan Department of State or by contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office. Please note that eligibility criteria may evolve over time, so it's advisable to check for the most up-to-date information to ensure your specific violation qualifies for the BDIC program.

Do I still have to pay for the ticket or court costs if I pass the BDIC?

You are still responsible for paying the ticket fine and any court costs or fees that were originally imposed by the court. The BDIC course is a separate requirement aimed at addressing the points and consequences related to the violation on your driving record.

Completing the course helps prevent further penalties, but it does not nullify the financial obligations related to the ticket itself.

It's important to pay the ticket fine and any associated costs promptly to avoid additional legal complications or penalties. If you have questions about the specific financial aspects of your ticket, it's advisable to contact the court or your local DMV for clarification on payment requirements and options.

Is this course approved by the Michigan Department of State?

Yes, this course is approved by the Michigan Department of State. The Department of State manages a range of administrative and regulatory functions such as driver licensing, vehicle registration, elections and voting, traffic safety, Real ID compliance and more. This department is responsible for providing essential services to residents and ensuring compliance with state laws and regulations.

How do I get my certificate?

After you've successfully passed the final exam, we will report your completion to the Michigan Department of State. You can also download a free copy of your certificate at the end of the course.

Does the course expire?

You must complete the course by the due date listed on your letter from the Department of State. After receiving your letter, you will have 60 days to enroll in and complete your course. Any student who fails to complete the course by their due date will receive points on their license.

The state will not allow completions to be reported after the eligibility period — completion will be reported as a failure if the court date has passed. If your due date has passed, you must contact your court for the next steps. The Department of State does not grant any extensions.

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