Commercial Driving Schools Overview

How Do I Become A Driver Improvement Course Provider?

In order to become a driver improvement course provider, Florida law requires that the course be approved by the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) prior to the course being used in Florida. The course provider is the legal entity that owns the copyright to the approved course. Listed below are classes that can be offered.

Follow these steps to become a Driver Improvement Course Provider:

Step 1:

Email your request for the minimum course content criteria to Driver-Education@flhsmv.gov.

In the email, please include the following:

Company Name
Business Address (Street Address, City, State, Zip Code)
Business Phone Number
Contact Person
Contact Person Phone Number
Contact Person Email Address
What type of course you are interested in developing (e.g., TLSAE)
Whether you want the information returned via email or mailed to your business address.

Step 2:

DHSMV will send the course content criteria back via the requested method (mail or email).

After the course is developed incorporating the minimum course content requirements, submit the developed course and application in hard copy format to:

Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles
2900 Apalachee Parkway, Mail Stop 39
Tallahassee, FL 32399

According to section 120.60(1), F.S., DHSMV has 90 days to review and respond to the completed submission upon receipt. After initial review of your curriculum, DHSMV will send you any corrections necessary for the continuation of the review process until the course meets the minimum course content criteria.

Step 3:
If you are developing a distance learning (i.e., online) course, a course demonstration for DHSMV we be required, once the course meets the minimum course criteria. This demonstration is required to ensure that the approved material is actually delivered via distance learning. The DHSMV will test your online course to verify that the course registration process works and that the course functions correctly.

If you do not want to become a course provider but want to start a driver improvement/traffic school school, section 318.1451, Florida Statutes requires that they use a course approved by DHSMV. Go to: How Do I Start A Traffic School?