Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) - Reduce Points in Michigan

In Michigan, there are certain traffic infractions that may make an individual eligible for the BDIC, or Basic Driver Improvement Course. Successful completion of the course will result in having two points removed from your driver's record. Those who are looking for a way to reduce points in Michigan will be interested in learning whether you may be eligible, and what is involved in the process.

At Grabel & Associates, our Michigan driver's license attorneys understand how essential the privilege to drive is to leading a normal life. An accumulation of points on your driver's record can lead to penalties, including suspension of your license. Our goal is to educate you about the BDIC, and how it can help reduce points in Michigan for those who qualify.

What is the Basic Driver Improvement Course?

The BDIC is a course that can be taken either in a classroom or online by those who are eligible. The Secretary of State (SOS) will notify you by mail if you are eligible, so you should not enroll until you receive notification. If notified that you are eligible, it is important that you complete the course in timely manner (within 60 days) in order to avoid points being assigned to your record. This course serves as a refresher course and is designed to increase safety for Michigan drivers, covering basic traffic safety principles.

Factors That Disqualify Individuals to Take the BDIC

You will not be eligible to take the course if any of the following apply to your situation:

  • You have previously had points dismissed through completion of the BDIC
  • Your Michigan driver's license is suspended, restricted, or revoked
  • You have a previous traffic citation and are currently in the 60-day period of BDIC eligibility for that citation
  • At the time of the traffic citation you held a CDL (commercial driver's license)

Individuals Who Will Be Eligible for the Basic Driver Improvement Course

You may be eligible to take the course if you currently have no more than two points on your driving record and:

  • The traffic violation was not committed in a commercial vehicle
  • The violation was not a criminal offense (such as DUI or fleeing/eluding police)
  • You possess a valid non-commercial Michigan driver's license and have two or fewer points on your driving record
  • The citation you received is for a violation considered "course eligible" - these violations include speeding, improper passing, disobeying stop sign/traffic signal, failure to obey railroad crossing restrictions or stop at railroad, failure to yield, improper turn, following too closely, and other infractions which are not considered criminal offenses.

If you are notified by the SOS that you are eligible for the BDIC, the cost will be $100 or less, as approved course providers are not allowed to charge more than this amount under Michigan law. If you do not pass the course within 60 days of notification by the SOS, the violation will be available to insurance companies and the points assigned to your driving record.

See a list of the approved course providers on the Secretary of State website. Upon successful completion of the BDIC, course providers will notify the Secretary of State regarding your results.

The Michigan driver's license attorneys at Grabel & Associates want to help you protect your driving record, and your driving privileges. Contact us online today or at 1-800-677-9795 with any questions or concerns you may have about the BDIC, license suspension or revocation, or any issues regarding your driver's license.

Please note: Recently DLAD/DAAD changed their name to the Administrative Hearings Section (AHS). Common use of the name AHS has not yet been widely accepted and the entity responsible for driver’s license hearings is still referred to as DLAD/DAAD in almost all legal areas, which is why we continue to use the term “DLAD/DAAD” throughout our website. More information about this change can be found at the Michigan Secretary of State’s website here.