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Friday, October 22, 2021

Drive Legal Program

A driver’s license status can be verified on the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles’ Driver's License Check webpage

The Drive Legal Program is a self-funded, pre-trial “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 resolving all eligible traffic citations in Miami-Dade County.

The program is designed to assist suspended drivers to achieve license re-instatement by offering alternative payment methods to resolve court cases. The program is also available to those with a valid driver’s license, where alternative payment methods, on timely cases, assists them in maintaining their valid license status.

All open cases that qualify are enrolled in the Drive Legal Program. Cases are removed from any collection agency, if applicable. Participants are given the option to enter into a payment plan for all their cases or reduce the amount of fines owed by completing community service hours for infraction citations. Traffic school may also be assigned based on a combination of the participant’s number of moving violations and driving history.

The program gives participants 90 days to complete their enrollment. However, they can complete the program as quickly as they choose to within that 90-day timeframe. All requirements must be submitted in order to successfully complete the program.

Upon completion all the cases enrolled in the program are closed with the exception of cases where courts costs are owed. Cases where court costs are owed, may be placed on a payment plan and will remain open until the final payment is made. While on the payment plan or upon payment in full, the person is issued D-6 Clearances for re-instatement of their license.

Participation in the Drive Legal Program produces positive results for drivers and Miami-Dade County residents. An individual’s participation in the program, provides the opportunity for attaining Driver’s License restoration and insurance, thus increasing their opportunity for employment. Additionally, the program assists the public who benefits from having properly insured, valid drivers in the community, increasing public safety. The program thus makes multiple impacts on the community.

Participation in the program results in additional benefits such as:

  • Removing cases from collection agencies, resulting in savings of an additional 40% in fees.
  • The financial benefit of reducing costs owed by assigning community service hours for payable infraction citations.
  • The financial benefit of entering a payment plan which will allow for license reinstatement, though costs have not been paid in full.
  • Assigning traffic school courses which provide driver safety education.
  • Withholding two-thirds of the points incurred on moving violations, decreasing the number of points assessed on a driver’s record, and avoiding increased insurance premiums
  • Amending Driving While License Suspended statutes achieving the goal of preventing Habitual Traffic Offenders.

Program benefits apply to all participants regardless of the number of citations incurred. Whether few or many citations, without the benefits this program provides, many individuals would have no opportunity to reinstate their license. Paying citations on their own would increase the probability of point suspensions and revocations. Without a valid license, it is difficult to maintain or find employment. This program also contributes to decreasing arrests for driving with a suspended license.

Program benefits through enrollment apply to all participants regardless of the number of citations incurred. Whether few or many citations, without the benefits this program provides, many individuals would have no opportunity to reinstate their license. Paying citations on their own would increase the probability of point suspensions and revocations. Without a valid license, it is difficult to maintain or find employment. This program also contributes to decreasing arrests for driving with a suspended license.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Florida outlined the hardships accompanying a suspended license as part of their Florida Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform. Click the following link ACLUFL - Driver's License Crisis In Florida to learn about license suspension impact on Florida residents.

Only Miami-Dade County criminal traffic and civil infraction citations can be enrolled in the program. Additionally, the program accepts cases which are in a timely or delinquent status or referred to a collection agency.

The Program cannot resolve cases in other counties. Visit the Florida Clerks of Courts Contact List for information on citations issued in other counties.

The program charges a non-refundable $10.00 screening fee to determine eligibility. If determined eligible, this fee is credited towards the $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 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.

If community service hours are assigned as part of your enrollment, there is an additional fee for supervision of the 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

Program payments can be made through the Online Payment Portal once program eligibility has been determined. All fees are directed to the Administrative of the Courts to cover the operational costs associated with the Program.

Eligibility requirements are set by Administrative Order 20-14 and Administrative Memorandum 19-1 and are based on an individual’s driving record and open cases. A person may qualify for the program when their license is suspended by the Department of Motor Vehicles for:

  • Failure to pay fine
  • Failure to appear for traffic summons
  • Failure to complete court ordered traffic school.

Persons who currently have a CDL license do not qualify for the program.

Visit the DWLS Online Portal to register and check eligibility. A Drive Legal Case Manager will research your driving and case history and determine Program eligibility and enrollment options.

There is a one-time, non-refundable $10.00 screening fee required to determine eligibility for the Drive Legal Program.

Enrollment appointments occur by using Zoom video communications software. When you schedule an enrollment appointment with a Drive Legal case manager, a link for the meeting is sent in your appointment confirmation e-mail, to be used on the day of your appointment. If you have misplaced the e-mail, contact the program and they will resend the confirmation e-mail, containing the link. No downloads or accounts are required to attend the meeting.

Contact Drive Legal at (305) 548-5363 to reschedule your appointment.

If there are no additional outstanding suspensions upon program completion, you may be eligible to reinstate your license. Additional outstanding suspension must be resolved before license reinstatement can occur. In an effort to assist participants in resolving other pending license issues, Drive Legal will identify any additional, outstanding suspensions a person may have at the time of program completion. This includes suspensions from other counties or from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Depending on the number of moving violations, a person may or may not receive points on their license, while enrolled in the program. The program is authorized to withhold 2/3 of the points normally incurred on moving violations, decreasing the number of points assessed on a driver’s record, and avoiding increased insurance premiums. However, 1/3 of points may still be applied and completion of traffic school courses may be required.

When you schedule an enrollment appointment with a Drive Legal case manager, a link to make your online payment is provided in your appointment confirmation e-mail. The link directs you to the Online Payment Portal to enter log-in and payment information

Coronavirus/COVID-19: Courthouses are closed for in-person appointments based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit wants you safe at home
  • To check program eligibility:
  • To request an appointment with the Program:
  • To pay screening and enrollment fees:
  • For additional information: Contact the Program by phone at (305) 548-5363 or by visiting www.jud11.flcourts.org/drivelegalprogram

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 and Thursdays ONLY

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hialeah Courthouse

11 E. 6 St, Room 100

Hialeah, FL. 33010

Days of Operation: Fridays 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)

You can view your program documents under your account on the Drive Legal Program Portal.

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

If community service hours are assigned, contact the Advocate Program. Advocate Program counselors provide a list of non-profit organizations to choose from and a log sheet to document community service hours. Participants are able to perform community service hours based on their availability.

Information/Link to Advocate Program can be found at https://advocateprogram.org/virtual-services-available-now/

You can register for traffic school by contacting the traffic school of your choice. Please visit the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles for a listing of school providers.

Provided below is the contact information for specialized courses:

Youthful Offender Awareness Program Course Aggressive Driving School
  • American Safety Institute
    2100 W 76 ST. #406
    Hialeah, FL 33016
    (786) 256-3318
  • Driver Training Associates
    312 East Pine Street
    Lakeland, FL 33801
    1 800 222-9199
  • Broward-Dade Safety Council:
    666 NE. 125 ST. Suite 220
    N. Miami, FL 33161
    (305)891-5330
  • USA Training Company
    6840 SW 40 ST Suite 209
    Miami, FL 33155
    (305) 666-653
High Risk Driver Improvement Program
  • School of Justice, Miami-Dade College, North Campus
    11380 NW 27 Ave, Miami, FL 33167
    Building 8000, Room 8201-5
    (305) 237-1856
    (305) 237-1857
Child Restraint Offender’s Program
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital
    3101 SW 62 Avenue, Miami, FL 33155
    305-663-6865

Florida law states that only those who possess a valid license can drive. Therefore, upon enrollment into the program, a No Drive Order is issued to each participant stating that they may not drive until they are in possession of a valid driver’s license.

Request an appointment HERE when the following has been obtained:

  • Termination letter for completed community service hours
  • Completion certificates for traffic schools and courses
  • Amount due for payment of court costs or to begin a payment plan

At the appointment, if all requirements are met, a Drive Legal case manager will process paperwork, update enrolled citations, set aside corresponding license suspensions, and issue a Program Letter of Completion.

Contact Drive Legal at (305) 548-5363 to reschedule your appointment.

Entering a payment plan occurs at the program’s completion appointment with a drive legal case manager. There is a $25.00 fee to enroll in a payment plan. A payment of 20% of the total amount owed is required to begin a plan. There is no interest charged on the payment plan.

Once the due date on an assignment has passed, a participant 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 fee. Participants request an appointment with the Drive Legal program to qualify for, and receive, an 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 to return to court, and non-criminal cases are returned to delinquent statuses and collection agencies.

New citations received while enrolled in the program cannot be included to a participant’s existing assignment, unless court ordered. Participants can still complete their existing assignment by their due date. Please note: Receiving new citations during enrollment is a violation of the court’s No Drive Order issued on the day of enrollment.

If new citations are received after the program due date has passed, participants will be ineligible for a program extension, unless otherwise court ordered.

Coronavirus/COVID-19: Courthouses are closed for in-person appointments based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit wants you safe at home
  • To check program eligibility:
  • To request an appointment with the Program:
  • To pay screening and enrollment fees:
  • For additional information: Contact the Program by phone at (305) 548-5363 or by visiting www.jud11.flcourts.org/drivelegalprogram

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 and Thursdays ONLY

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hialeah Courthouse

11 E. 6 St, Room 100

Hialeah, FL. 33010

Days of Operation: Fridays 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)

If there are no additional outstanding suspensions, you may be eligible to reinstate your license. Additional outstanding suspension must be resolved before license reinstatement can occur. In an effort to assist participants in resolving other pending license issues, Drive Legal will identify any additional, outstanding suspensions a person may have at the time of program completion. This includes suspensions from other counties or from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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. Failure to complete the payment plan results in license suspension for failure to pay fines. The Clerk’s Office can be contacted to determine eligibility to enroll in further payment plans.

License reinstatement can occur while still making payments on the payment plan. Failure to complete the payment plan results in license suspension for failure to pay fines. The Clerk’s Office can be contacted to determine eligibility to enroll in further payment plans.

In an effort to assist participants in resolving their pending license issues, Drive Legal will identify any additional, outstanding suspensions outside of the Miami-Dade Traffic Division. This includes suspensions from other Miami-Dade departments, other counties or from the Department of Motor Vehicles. A directory of Florida’s Clerk of Courts may be found here. Information on additional driver’s license suspensions and status can be found here.

Coronavirus/COVID-19: Courthouses are closed for in-person appointments based on public health advisories at the direction of the Florida Supreme Court. The Eleventh Judicial Circuit wants you safe at home
  • To check program eligibility:
  • To request an appointment with the Program:
  • To pay screening and enrollment fees:
  • For additional information: Contact the Program by phone at (305) 548-5363 or by visiting www.jud11.flcourts.org/drivelegalprogram

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 and Thursdays ONLY

Times: 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Hialeah Courthouse

11 E. 6 St, Room 100

Hialeah, FL. 33010

Days of Operation: Fridays 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)

 

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