If you are a Florida driver who has been designated a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), you may be reeling to deal with the new reality of your situation and looking for a way to get your life back in order. Fortunately, in some cases it is possible to get a Florida Hardship License; however, to do that you will need to complete the Florida Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) course. Let’s take a closer look at what you need to know about the HTO designation and the ADI course.
How Can I Avoid Becoming a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO)?
While taking the Florida ADI course and getting a Hardship License can help mitigate some of the challenges that come with the HTO designation, the best option is of course to avoid receiving the designation entirely. Florida designates drivers who have accumulated fifteen convictions for moving violations within a five-year period as Habitual Traffic Offenders (HTOs). Moving violations include but are not limited to:
- Running Red Lights
- Running Stop Signs
- Reckless Driving
- Illegal Lane Changes
In addition to these violations, drivers who are convicted of three or more major driving-related offenses are also subject to the HTO designation. Major driving violations include the following:
- Driving with a suspended license or a revoked license
- Illegally driving a commercial motor vehicle
- Vehicular manslaughter
- Committing a felony while using a motor vehicle
- Leaving the scene of a serious accident without offering aid
Florida drivers who are designated HTOs will have their driver licenses revoked for five years. For more information about HTO laws in Florida see state law §322.264.
Why Take the Florida Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) Course?
After one year with a revoked license, HTOs are eligible to apply for a Florida Hardship License. However, to do this, they must first enroll in a state-approved Florida Advanced Driver Improvement (ADI) course like the one offered by Ticket School. In fact your ADI enrollment letter must accompany your application for a Hardship License.
The Florida ADI course is a 12-hour course designed to educate drivers about safer driving techniques. Upon enrolling in the course with Ticket School you will be able to download an electronic copy of your enrollment letter. However, it is still crucial to complete the Florida ADI course within the allotted time or you will lose your eligibility for a Florida Hardship License.
More Facts About Ticket School’s Florida ADI Course
Ticket School’s Florida ADI course is fully state-approved and enrollment qualifies HTOs for a Florida Hardship License if they are otherwise eligible. Our ADI course is also offered 100% online and can be taken from any internet-connected device including smartphones, laptops, desktops, tablets, etc. The course is available 24/7, but there is a mandatory 24-hour break after you complete the first 6 hours of instruction.
Remember Florida Hardship Licenses only allow you to drive to and from work and do not allow regular, recreational driving. For more information about the Florida ADI course please see our ADI Course Questions and Answers page, ADI course page, and ADI What to Expect page.