1. Infraction Traffic Citations

An infraction is a minor offense that is usually punished with a fine, traffic school, or community service. It is not punishable by jail time.

Examples of traffic infractions:

  • Moving violations – driving too fast or running a red light.
  • Driving without proof of insurance for your vehicle.
  • Car registration or driver’s license violations.
  • Having broken equipment that you need to fix.

2. Criminal Traffic Citations

A Criminal traffic offense is a more serious offense, like Reckless Driving, Driving Under the Influence (DUI), or Driving on a Suspended License. These offenses may be punished with jail time. These cases are heard in the Criminal Division of the Court. In any criminal case where you may face jail time you have a right to an attorney, even if you can't afford one. If you can't afford one, the Court will appoint you one.

Those who have outstanding or unresolved Infraction and Criminal Traffic Citations may qualify to enroll in a program, called the Drive Legal Program, which assists in resolving citations so that individuals are in a position to reinstate their license.

The Drive Legal Program is a “Diversion Program.” This means that cases that qualify for the program are diverted from going to court in order to give a person time to complete program requirements and receive a more comprehensive outcome as the program is assisting them with all their open traffic cases in Miami-Dade County.

All qualifying cases for the program are included in the assignment. Cases are removed from any collection agency they may have been referred to. The customer then chooses if they would like to enter a payment plan for all their cases or reduce the amount of fines owed by completing community service hours. If the community service option is selected, Infractions are assigned community service hours. Criminal Traffic cases are assigned court costs. Traffic school is also assigned based on the customer’s number of cases which carry points. A due date of ninety days is given to complete the assignment. All paperwork must be returned to the program on or before the due date in order to successfully complete the program. Upon completion of the program, all the cases included in the assignment are closed with the exception of cases where courts costs are owed. Those cases are placed on a payment plan and will remain open until the final payment is made. While on the payment plan, the person is issued the case clearances needed for re-instatement of their license.

The program has a $200.00 enrollment fee. At the time of enrollment, a person may choose to pay the full amount or a partial payment of no less than $100.00. The fee must be paid in cash or money order. The balance will be due upon completion of the program. In cases where there is a court order to the program, the enrollment must occur within 10 working days or a $15.00 late fee will be incurred, bringing the total enrollment fee to $215.00.

There is an additional fee for supervision of the community service hours performed which must be paid to the Advocate Program. The fee schedule is as follows:

  • 50 hours or less = $25.00
  • 51 hours or more = $30.00

In addition, any court costs and fees from Criminal Traffic cases due must be paid upon completion of the program. The court costs and fees must be paid in full or entered into a payment plan.

The program gives customers 90 days to complete their assignment. However, customers can complete the program as quickly as they choose within that time frame.

There is no exact number of citations needed to benefit from the program. The program offers many different benefits. Customers can avoid becoming Habitual Traffic Offenders if they have many Driving While License Suspended citations. Minimal points for moving violations are received by completing a traffic school course. The program can reduce costs to be paid by assigning community service hours for payable infractions. Lastly, customers can enter a payment plan which will allow the reinstatement of their driver’s license, though they have not paid their courts costs in full. There are many ways the program is beneficial regardless of the number of citations a customer has.

Qualification for the program is based on eligibility criteria set by the State Attorney’s Office. It is based on an individual’s driving record and open cases. However, licenses suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles for the following reasons, are eligible for the program:

  1. Failure to pay fine
  2. Failure to appear for traffic summons
  3. Failure to complete court ordered traffic school.

The best way to determine eligibility is to contact the program. Program counselors will check cases and records and explain whether a person qualifies for the program as well as any options they may have. There is no charge for this service.

You can request an appointment online by clicking here.

You can also request an appointment through phone by calling (305) 548-5363 and leaving a detailed message.

You can visit the program at the following court house locations:

Main Office: Richard E. Gerstein Building

1351 NW 12 St. Rm. 116

Miami, FL. 33125

Days of Operation: Monday – Friday

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

South Branch: South Dade Justice Center

10710 SW 211 St. Rm. 1500

Miami, FL. 33189

Days of Operation: Monday – Friday

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

North Dade: North Dade Justice Center

15555 Biscayne Blvd. Rm. 216

Miami, FL. 33160

Days of Operation: Tuesdays ONLY

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Caleb Center

5400 NW 22nd Avenue, Suite 103

Miami, FL. 33142

Days of Operation: Mondays ONLY

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

If you need assistance to participate in a court proceeding, program or service, please contact the ADA Coordinator, at:

  • (305) 548- 5363 (Office)
  • (305) 375-2006 (Voice mail)
  • (305) 349- 7174 (TDD)
  • (305) 350-6205 (Fax)

The program accepts cases which are in a delinquent status and have been sent to a collection agency. The program will remove eligible citations from the collection agencies and the customer will be able to enter payment or work community service hours for the original amount of each citation.

A person may or may not receive points on their license, while enrolled in the program, depending on the number of moving violations they have. The program is authorized to withhold 2/3 of the points normally incurred on moving violations; however, 1/3 of points will still be applied and completion of traffic school courses may be required.

Each county is independent and only has access to its own cases. The program can only access, and assist with, Miami-Dade County traffic citations.

The Drive Legal program is unique to Miami-Dade County and is not offered in any other counties.

Community service hours can be completed at any non-profit organization approved by the Advocate Program. The community service hours are flexible. Customers are able to perform them based on their schedule.

Those who enter the Drive Legal Program have a suspended driver’s license. Florida law states that a person whose license is suspended cannot drive. In Addition, upon enrollment into the program, judges issue a “No Drive Order” stating that the customer cannot drive until they are in possession of a valid driver’s license.

Once a customer has completed the community service hours and traffic school classes that may have been assigned, if they cannot pay the court costs amount due in full, they may enter a payment plan. There is a $25.00 fee to enroll in the payment plan, which is added to the amount paid to begin the payment plan. A 20% portion of the amount owed is required to begin a payment plan. The monthly payment amount will be determined based on income and total number of cases but can be as low as $20 per month. There is no interest charged on the payment plan.

No. Customers can reinstate their license while still making payments on the payment plan. However, should a payment be late or not paid, the driver’s license shall be re-suspended for failure to pay traffic fines.

Once the due date on an assignment has expired, the customer has failed to complete the program. However, there is the opportunity for a one-time extension of the program assignment for an additional 90 days with the payment of a $50.00 fee. Customers must make an appointment with the program to verify eligibility for, and receive, the extension. If an extension is not requested, cases are returned to their original status prior to being enrolled in the program. Criminal cases are set for report on judicial calendars, and infractions are returned to collection agencies.

Once all community service hours and traffic schools have been completed, and all monies due for payment of court costs or to begin a payment plan have been collected, customers must contact the program to make an appointment to close their assignment.

On the day of the program they must bring all the required documents and payments. This includes a Termination Letter from the Advocate Program, all traffic school certificates, and all payments. The Drive Legal counselors will then process the paperwork, closed the traffic cases, clear the corresponding suspensions in the DHSMV system, and issue a Program Letter of completion.

In an effort to assist the person in resolving all their pending license issues, Drive Legal will identify any additional, outstanding suspensions a person may have at the time of closing. This includes suspensions from other counties or from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Customers must resolve any outstanding suspensions in other counties and states. A directory of Florida’s Clerk of Courts may be found here.

Verification of status and additional suspensions on a Driver’s License can be made here.

If there are no other suspensions, then customers may visit the Department of Motor Vehicles for license reinstatement. Appointments for reinstatement can be made here.

If a customer has entered a payment plan, they may make payments online through the Clerk of Courts Website here.

Failure to complete the payment plan results in suspension of the Driver’s License. Customers may contact the Clerk’s Office for payment options.