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Florida Suspended License Course

Maybe your license was suspended recently or you have been warned that your license is going to be suspended. You probably have been told that you will need to take a “Florida suspended license course” to get your license back.  But what is the Florida suspended license course? Who needs to take one? How many hours is it? This article will answer these questions.

The Florida suspended license course goes by other names too:  Advanced Driver Improvement, ADI, ADI school, hardship license course, and so on. This is a 12-hour course mandated by the State for individuals who have been designated as Habitual Traffic Offenders (HTO’s), or whose licenses have been suspended or revoked.  If you fall into one of these categories, you must complete a 12-hour Florida suspended license course before the State will re-instate your Florida driver license.  Also, you must show proof of enrollment in ADI school before a hardship license can be issued to you.

Other than being ordered by the State, you might also be ordered by a Florida court to attend a 12-hour driver improvement course. If a Florida judge or court has ordered you to attend such a course, then advanced driver improvement is the course you need.  After you complete the course, you will need to turn your certificate in to the court.

What is the ADI course like?

The ADI course teaches participants to accept responsibility for their license suspension / revocation by focusing on the behaviors that led to their suspension or revocation. It identifies the associated costs; such as reinstatement fees, tickets, and time lost from work / family / leisure activities. The classroom version of the ADI course utilizes group interaction, facilitated by a highly trained instructor, to engage all course participants in discussion and to motivate the group to work together toward the achievement of behavioral changes that will prevent future license suspensions or negative consequences.

Where can I locate an online ADI course?

Florida’s original ADI provider (the company that developed the first ADI course) offers ADI online at its website,  The online Advanced Driver Improvement course combines text, animations and videos to create a user experience that is both interesting and interactive.

During the Internet ADI course, students explore the reasons they are taking the course and answer many different questions about  driving habits and behavior.  The course takes 12 hours to complete and contains different small sections, each outlining a different aspect or approach to driving habits.

Note:  This course is not for DUI/Drug related incidents.

Is the Florida Suspended License course offered in the classroom?

Yes.  If you don’t have a computer or a computer with access to the web, you can still take the 12-hour advanced driver improvement course. Several schools throughout the state offer this course in the classroom.  To find a school in your are, visit the list of DHSMV approved classroom traffic schools, contact the school of your choice, and sign up for your class.

Driver Training Associates’ ADI course is the only Florida Advanced Driver Improvement course that teaches students how to control their emotions and attitudes through the understanding of the concept of Attitude States. Using Dr. Eric Berne’s groundbreaking theory of Transactional Analysis (TA), the ADI course teaches students that each of us has three Attitude States — Parent, Adult, and Child — that constantly influence our behavior.

Learning how to identify these Attitude States is the key to controlling them, which can be critical during potentially hazardous activities such as driving a motor vehicle. Students learn that remaining in the Adult Attitude State is not only the best way to drive safely, but the best way to eliminate the traffic citations that can lead to a suspended or revoked license.

Both the online and classroom courses are approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV).  For a complete list of ADI course providers, you can visit the State’ list of ADI schools.

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