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Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) sponsor
The Michigan Department of State will contact drivers who are eligible to enroll in the Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC). Those who are eligible have 60 days to enroll in, complete, and pass the course. Upon passing, the department won’t make the points or information from the ticket available to insurance companies for drivers who take and pass the BDIC through an approved course sponsor. Approved course sponsors must report results to the Michigan Department of State whether a driver passes or fails the course.
BDIC courses must meet the following conditions:
- Meets or exceeds the curriculum standards set forth in the Defensive Driving Course Instructor Manual, Eighth Edition, published by the National Safety Council
- Provides documented evidence from a federal, state, or local government agency of course effectiveness in reducing collisions, moving violations, or both
- Includes no fewer than 4 hours of instruction
- Contains other information as approved by the Secretary of State, with or without supporting DVD material, and may be offered over the internet or through classroom instruction
A list of approved sponsors is available through Online Services under Driver Education and Testing Businesses, located in the Business Services section.
CARS e-Services course management
Upon establishing a CARS e-Services account, reference the following materials to access and manage your account:
- BDIC login
- CARS e-Services Springboard
- Add and modify user access
- Manage bank account
- Checking driver eligibility
- Submit course results
- View EFT reports
- CARS e-Services account setup - BDIC instructions – new account managers
- CARS e-Services account setup - BDIC instructions – new users
BDIC sponsor application
To become to an approved BDIC sponsor:
- Mail a completed, signed Course Sponsor Application Form, a BDIC Sponsor Surety Bond form, and information about your proposed curriculum/course to the address on the application.
- If you aren’t authorized to offer the Defensive Driving Course of the National Safety Council, you must submit a curriculum that meets or exceeds the curriculum standards set forth in the Defensive Driving Course Instructor Manual, eighth edition, published by the National Safety Council. You must also provide documented evidence from a federal, state, or local government agency of course effectiveness in reducing collisions, moving violations, or both. If you are a training agency authorized by the National Safety Council to offer their Defensive Driving Course, you are required to submit written approval from National Safety Council allowing you or your organization to use their curriculum/course.
- Once you have been preliminarily approved you will receive a letter from the Michigan Department of State giving you specific directions on how to complete your application.
- Set up a CARS e-Services BDIC sponsor account and additional user accounts as needed.
Correct BDIC sponsor account
To change or correct the information on your BDIC sponsor account, complete the BDIC Sponsor Account Change Request Form and provide all necessary documentation as directed.
BDIC Sponsor Account Change Request Form
The Michigan Department of State enters into a Memorandum of Understanding (Agreement) with a Basic Driver Improvement Course (BDIC) sponsor, as authorized by the Michigan Vehicle Code (Public Act 300 of 1949). If the department determines a BDIC sponsor has failed to comply with any requirements under section 320d [MCL 257.320d], MDOS may suspend or revoke the approval of the sponsor, or take other actions as prescribed in the law.
Any complaints against a BDIC sponsor should be in writing and sent to MDOS by mail, fax, or email.
Michigan Department of State
Driver Education and Testing Section
430 West Allegan Street, 3rd Floor
Lansing, Michigan 48918
Driver Education email: DriverEd@Michigan.gov