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What is a Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC)?

Eligible Michigan drivers have the option of completing a state approved Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) to keep the points from a ticket from going on their records, and the ticket information from being reported by the Secretary of State to their auto insurance provider.  NOTE:  Some courts in Michigan will allow drivers to take BDIC to have a ticket dismissed before it being reported to the Secretary of State.  This option actually dismisses the ticket from showing up at all (points included) on your driving record.  This option is through the court itself and is independent of the Secretary of State and requires you to request and receive a physical certificate of completion to turn in to the court.

Is this course approved by the Michigan Secretary of State?

Yes, our online Michigan Basic Driver Improvement Course is approved by the Michigan Secretary of State (also known as the Michigan Department of State) for eligible drivers to keep the points from a ticket off their records and the information from a ticket from being reported to their auto insurance provider.

How do I know if I am eligible to take the course?

The Secretary of State will send you a formal notice of eligibility via the mail. You will have 60 days to successfully complete the Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC). The 60 day requirement is known as your “deadline date”, and is included on your notice from the Secretary of State’s office.

Here is a resource to see what tickets are BDIC eligible:

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/sos/Civil_infractions_eligible_BDIC_336024_7.pdf

How long is the course?

The course is 4 hours in length, but you can log in and out of it as needed.  You don’t have to be online on any particular day or time.  Login when your schedule allows and complete as much or as little as you want.  You can logout when you need to leave it and log back in again later until you have completed.

How do I get started?

Click the register button at the top of the page to begin the simple and quick registration process. First, you will be asked to enter some basic identity information (name, address, driver’s license number, etc.). Next you will be required to answer 10 identity validation questions (Yes / No) that are used during the course to make sure you are the one taking the course.  After completing that information you will be given a login code (example: john123456mi) that lets you log in and out of the course as needed. Lastly, you will submit your course payment information (credit or debit card) and then you are set to start!

Do you charge $17 to process my completion to the state?

No. Many state approved providers will advertise a lower course fee and then add on $17 to report your completion to the Secretary of State and calling it a “state processing fee”. Our site has no hidden fees. We report all successful course completions to the State for no additional fee.

What devices are compatible with the course?

Our online course is available on any device with a fully functioning internet browser. This means that you can access the course on your PC, laptop, tablet, or smart phone. There is no software to download so you don’t have to take the whole course on the same device.

Is the course available 24/7?

Yes, the course is available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The course automatically saves your progress and knows the furthest unit and page you have reached, so there is no risk of losing any of your progress if you lose internet access or the power goes out. Log in and out as needed and the course will always pick up right where you left off.

How do I get my certificate when I complete?

As a state approved provider we report all successful course completions to the Michigan Secretary of State’s office. Completions are reported within one business day from the date that the final unit quiz is passed. Any weekend or holiday completions will be reported on the following business day. We also offer an optional downloadable certificate if you would like one for your records or if you were given the option by the court to complete a course and turn in the certificate to them to dismiss the ticket versus them sending it to the Secretary of State.

How long do I have to complete the course?

The course is accessible for as long as you need, however, you must complete the course on or before the deadline date provided on the eligibility letter mailed by the Michigan Secretary of State to receive proper credit.

Is there a final exam?

No, there is no final exam at the end of the course. We believe it is better to test you while the information is still fresh on your mind. At the end of each of the six course units you will need to pass a short five-question multiple-choice quiz. If you do not achieve a passing score on an attempt, you are given the opportunity to review the current unit or take a new quiz. There is no limit to the number of quiz attempts allowed.

What if I don’t complete before my deadline date?

If you don’t complete the course by the deadline date shown on your letter from the Secretary of State, the points from the violation will go on your record, which may cause an increase in insurance costs if seen by your insurance provider.

How can I verify that I got credit for completing the course?

The only way to verify that your Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) was reported successfully is to order a copy of your driving record and make sure that the ticket you took the course for is set at 0 points.  Also, when we report the completion to the SOS, if there is any issue (such as an error or them saying you are not eligible) we will contact you to notify there was a problem.  If you don’t hear from us you can assume it was reported successfully.  Although we report all completions to the Michigan Secretary of State within one business day from the date of completion, keep in mind that it may take up to two weeks for the completion to be reflected on your driving record. Also note that while the points from the ticket will not go on your record the citation will still show.  Unless you Please use the following link if you would like to order a copy of your driving record:

https://www.michigan.gov/sos/all-services/driving-record