Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Basic Driver Improvement Course?
A basic driver improvement course, or defensive driving course, allows Michigan drivers to avoid points on their driving records due to a traffic ticket.
Is this course approved by the Michigan Department of State?
Yes, the American Safety Council is an approved provider of the Basic Driver Improvement Course. This course was approved by the Michigan Department of State for the Basic Driver Improvement Program to avoid ticket points.
How long is the basic driver improvement program?
The course is a state-required minimum of 4 hours.
Is the defensive driving completely online?
Yes. The registration, defensive driving course and final exam are all entirely online.
How do I sign-up?
Click the register now button and answer a few short questions on our online registration form. This allows us to process your completion to the State of Michigan. Once you submit payment you can go straight to beginning the course!
Do I have to complete the course in one sitting?
No, you may take the course at your own pace. The system will save your progress each time you log off.
How do I get my certificate?
After you've successfully passed the final exam, we will notify the Michigan Department of State of your completion. The certificate is downloadable at the end of the course.
How do I know if I am eligible to take the course?
The State of Michigan will send you a letter by mail to tell you if you are eligible. Generally, you will be eligible if you receive a ticket on or after December 31st 2010 and meet the following requirements:
- You have a valid, non-commercial license, with two or fewer points on your record
- The violation was not in a Commercial Motor Vehicle
- The violation was not a criminal offense
- The ticket you received is eligible. Tickets for 3 points or less are eligible.
Click here to view eligible tickets: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Civil_infractions_eligible_BDIC_336024_7.pdf
How long do I have to complete the course?
You have 60 days from the date of the notice of eligibility.
What if I did not receive a notice of eligibility to take the Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course?
The State of Michigan mailed a notice to the address listed on your driving record if you were eligible.
What if I fail the course?
You can take the course as many times as you need to pass within the 60 day eligibility period. If you do not pass the BDIC within 60 days of the notice of eligibility, the points and the violation will be on your record and available to insurance companies.
How can I verify the points have been removed from my driving record?
Here is the form provided by the Michigan Department of State. Please keep in mind that this process may take up to two weeks: http://www.michigan.gov/documents/bdvr153_16280_7.pdf