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  • How can I elect to attend driver improvement school?

    When you pay your citation, you can elect to attend traffic school for an additional fee. Read the affidavit carefully. Within 30 calendar days of the date your citation was issued, complete the affidavit, have your signature notarized, and return it to the Clerk's office. If you reside outside of Lee County, contact your local Clerk's office, and you may make your election to attend driver improvement school by mail.

    1. Pay your citation and elect school online
    2. Visit the Clerk’s office at the Justice Center, 2075 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 1st Floor, Fort Myers or the Government Complex, 1039 SE 9th Place, Cape Coral. For hours and directions, visit the Contact Us page.
    3. Mail your election. Mail a check or money order made payable to Clerk of Courts, Traffic Office, P.O. Box 2507, Fort Myers, FL 33902. Include your civil citation payment, your notarized signed affidavit, and school election fee. Allow sufficient mail time to ensure your affidavit is received by the Clerk's office with the required 30 calendar days from the date your citation was issued. Be sure to check the appropriate box on your citation.
    After you have paid the costs and elected school, contact an approved school. You must enroll, attend and complete driver improvement school within 60 calendar days from the date you elected to attend. You will need to be prepared to pay for the course at the time of enrollment.
  • What do I do after I attend driver improvement school?

    You must present proof of completion of driver improvement school to the Clerk's office within 60 calendar days of the date you elected to attend the course. If the date that the completion is due falls on a holiday or a weekend, the certificate must be received prior to that date. After completing the school, send the certificate of completion to the Clerk's office by one of the following options:

    • Email to TrafficSchoolCompletions@leeclerk.org
    • Mail through USPS to the Clerk of Courts, Traffic Office, PO Box 2507, Fort Myers, Florida, 33902
    • Overnight Mail to the Clerk of Courts, Traffic Office, 2075 Dr. Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, 2nd floor, Fort Myers, Florida 33901
    • Deliver in person to the Cape Coral Lee County Government Center, 1039 SE 9th Place, 2nd floor or to the 1st floor at 1700 Monroe St., Fort Myers. The Cape Coral branch is only open Tuesday through Thursday.
  • How do I find my Citation number?

    To locate a court case, visit the Court Records Search.
    Choose either Criminal Traffic or Traffic Infraction. You can search by case number, name or attorney. For traffic tickets, you can also enter the citation number. When searching a name, both a first and last name are required. However, if you are only putting in partial information, you will need to enter an asterisk (*) after the name.

    If you cannot locate your case, please call our office at 239-533-5087 to speak with a clerk in the Traffic Department. There may be a time delay between the date that a ticket is written and the date it is entered into our system.

  • How soon after issuance must I pay the citation?

    Infraction violations must be paid within 30 calendar days from the date the citation was issued. Criminal violations are due on or before the date the court authorizes.
  • Are there other options available to me besides paying my citation?

     Yes, each type of citation carries a statutory fine and possible point assessment. You have 30 calendar days from the date you received your citation to select from one of three available options:

    Option #1 - Pay your fine as indicated on the back of the citation. Paying the fine means you admit to the violation listed on your citation. Occasionally, the citation you receive has a printed fine amount, but the actual fine amount reflected by our record may be different, and in some cases higher. County governments may add surcharges to citations by ordinance that the law enforcement agency does not reflect when the citation is printed. Points may be assessed against your driving record if the violation is one that carries points. Pay your citation online.

    Option #2 - Request a hearing by notifying the Clerk's office in person or in writing, within 30 calendar days of issuance. You may plead not guilty, and we will schedule a court date for a hearing. Court costs may be involved.

    Option #3 - Elect to attend a defensive driving course approved by the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Adjudication shall be withheld and points will not be assessed: if you have not attended driving school in the last 12 months; and if you have not been to driving school more than five times in a lifetime and do not hold a class A, B, or C CDL License. The State of Florida monitors your driving record and periodically checks your record for point accumulation. An excessive number of points within a specific time period will result in action being taken against your driving privileges.

    Florida law allows for 30 calendar days from the issue date of your citation to comply with one of these options. If you fail to select one within the 30 day compliance period, you are subject to late fees and possible suspension of your driver license. If you continue to drive on a suspended license, you may be arrested by any law enforcement agency. If you have any questions about your options, please call 239-533-5087 for assistance. 

  • Can I get an extension for my court date?

    No.

  • Who will be present at the non-jury traffic hearing?

    The officer who issued the traffic infraction will be present as well as any other witnesses. You may have witnesses present to testify on your behalf. If you choose to subpoena witnesses on your behalf, it will be your responsibility for the preparation and costs, generally $40 per witness.

  • What must I do if the court finds me guilty?

    If you are found guilty of a civil traffic infraction, the court may assess fine and costs, order you to attend driver improvement school or impose other penalties. If you should fail to pay the fine and costs in the time allotted to you by the court, a suspension will be issued against your driver license and additional penalties will be imposed.

    If you are found guilty of a criminal charge, the court may assess the fine and costs, order you to attend driver improvement school, place you on probation or impose other penalties. If you should fail to pay the fine and costs in the time allotted to you by the court, or fail to complete any other sanction placed upon you by the court, a suspension may be issued against your driver license, a warrant may be issued for your arrest, or varying additional penalties may be imposed by the judge.
  • Can the Clerk's office inform me of points assessed against my license?

    No, we cannot inform you of the number of points assessed against your driver history record or how points will affect your insurance. However, we can provide a full driving history for a fee of $16.25. Otherwise, you must address your questions to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles and/or your insurance agent.
  • What do I need to renew my Driver License?

    For driver license renewal or state ID requirements, please go to gathergoget.com .

  • Who may make an election to attend driver improvement school?

    Any person charged with a moving or non-moving violation, other than violations involving a driver license, vehicle registration, or proof of insurance, is eligible to elect to attend driver improvement school in lieu of accumulating points on the driver history record if they have not attended the school in the past 12 months and if they have not attended more than five times in a lifetime and do not hold a class A, B, or C CDL License.
  • What is the benefit of making an election?

    There are two benefits. (1) No points will be assessed against your driver license. (2) Attending driver improvement school to satisfy the violation will be entered on your driver history record as an adjudication withheld.
  • Do I have to pay to elect a driver improvement school?

    Yes, the civil citation is required by law to be paid in addition to the cost for the driving course, which may range from $20 to $35.
  • Can I change my mind after I elect to attend a driver improvemenmt school?

    Yes. If you contact the Clerk's office before the 60 days required to attend the course, you can state that you no longer wish to attend driver improvement school. A fee will be assessed for changing the election, the case will be closed, and the points will be assessed to the license.  If you change your mind and elect not to attend the school, it'll still count as one of your five times in a lifetime elections.

    If you elect to attend driver improvement school and do not provide proof of completion to the Clerk’s office, an additional delinquency fee will be owed, your driver license will be suspended, a fee to reinstate your driving privileges will be assessed, and a conviction of the violation will be reported on your driver history record.

  • Where can I find a driver improvement school?

    Visit the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles website for a list of approved schools. You may attend a driving school online or in person.
  • How often can I take driving school to avoid points?

    You may elect the traffic school option once within a twelve (12) month period, and a total of five (5) times in your lifetime.  To see if you are eligible, you may check online at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.