There are two benefits associated with attending the Basic Driver Improvement Course:
If you hold a commercial drivers license (CDL) or commercial license, you are not eligible to attend the school.
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Traffic Infraction citations are due to be paid within 30 calendar days from the date of issuance.
If you are unable to pay your ticket in full within the first 30 days, you may apply for a Payment Plan, or request a one-time 30 day extension to pay the fine. If a 30 day extension is received, and the ticket remains unpaid at the end of the 30 days, no further extensions will be granted and the defendant's driver's license will be suspended, costs will be assessed and the balance due may be referred to Collections. Once a notice has been sent to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) to suspend, the balance due must be paid in full to obtain a clearance letter.
While a law enforcement officer may tell you a fine amount for a particular violation, the final amount is determined by Florida Statutes, county and city ordinances which may vary from what the officer writes on the ticket. View a list of fines and costs for various traffic offenses (PDF).
The Clerk's Office cannot offer advice concerning the number of points assessed against your license, how those points affect your license, or how the points will affect your insurance. You must address these concerns with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) and/or your insurance agency.
Please visit the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to verify the status of your driver's license.
With a photo ID, you can obtain a 3 year driving history for $14.25. DUI offenses requiring lifetime records are $16.25.
Payment must be made in the county where the ticket was issued.
You may make an election to attend a Basic Driver Improvement Course, for eligible violations, one time in a 12 month period. No more than 5 elections may be made in a lifetime.
Yes. Once the affidavit is signed and recorded by the court it counts as one of your elections. You may not choose the school option again for 12 months and all payments are forfeited regardless of whether you follow through and attend the school.
Yes. The costs for the Basic Driver Improvement Course vary depending on which course you choose to attend. You have to check with the individual course providers to determine the costs.
In certain cases the Clerk's Office may be able to reinstate your license for $60. If the Clerk's Office is unable to reinstate your license you will be provided with the necessary paperwork to present to the Tax Collector's Office for reinstatement.
Please contact the City of Pensacola Downtown Parking Management District at 850-434-5372 for payment locations.
The Clerk's Office accepts cash, personal check, money order and credit card (Mastercard, Visa, Discover, and American Express) for the payment of filing fees and fines. Credit card payments will incur an additional 3.5% service charge on the payment.
You may pay your court fines, fees, and other costs by using any of the following methods. However, some traffic violations require that you show proof of insurance, driver's license, or other required items before the traffic citation can be considered closed. Failure to do so may result in the suspension of the defendant's driver's license.