Bureau County Circuit Clerk
and Illinois Valley Community College
"Driver Improvement Program"
lets you choose class instead of court...and no conviction
The Driver Improvement Program is an opportunity to prevent this traffic ticket from appearing on your driving record. When you participate in the Driver Improvement Program, you are granted court supervision, WITHOUT going to court.
Court supervision is an unsupervised probation that allows your ticket to stay off your driving record. It lasts 180 days from the date the Circuit Clerk's Office receives your "PLEA OF GUILTY" and upon payment of the fines, penalties and costs provided by law. Your responsibility is to remain without additional traffic violations during this time.
You must attend a ONE time, four hour class on defensive driving, developed by the National Corrective Training Institute and offered by Illinois Valley Community College. You must complete this class within 90 days of the date of the violation.
Check the eligibility guidelines and the registration information carefully before you complete the application. You must apply for the program through the Circuit Clerk's Office when you pay your ticket.
When you request the Driver Improvement Program the Circuit Clerk's Office will hold your ticket for the 180 day suspension period. Your school registration will be sent to Illinois Valley Community College. The Circuit Clerk's Office will notify you by mail of the time, date and location of your class. If you are unable to attend the class to which you are registered, contact the Driver Improvement Program IMMEDIATELY at (815) 872-2001 ext.
567 to reschedule. There is a $10 charge for rescheduling.
You must pay your traffic fine plus $35 fee to participate in the Driver Improvement Program. Both are non refundable.
The Driver Improvement Program will notify the court when you have completed the class. If you complete the program within the 90 days and do not receive any additional tickets during your supervision period, this ticket will not appear on your permanent driving record.
When you receive a traffic ticket, you have three choices:
PLEAD GUILTY and pay the fine, by mail or in person, without going to court. A conviction is reported to the Secretary of State.
PLEAD NOT GUILTY and request a trial. Go to court.
PLEAD GUILTY, BUT WITH SUPERVISION. ATTEND THE DRIVER IMPROVEMENT
PROGRAM. Pay the fine and school fee, attend a one time class about defensive driving and receive no additional tickets during your supervision period. Do not appear in court. NO CONVICTION WILL BE ENTERED ON YOUR DRIVING RECORD.
Read these Eligibility Guidelines carefully to see if you qualify. If you apply for the program and are found to be ineligible, a conviction will be reported to the Secretary of State. Both your fine and the school fee are non-refundable.
You may participate in the Driver Improvement Program to receive mail-in court supervision for ONE ticket a year. (The year is figured from ticket date to ticket date.)
Anyone who has already received court supervision (either by order of a judge, or by attending a Traffic School Program) for another traffic ticket that was issued within 12 months of this ticket is not eligible.
If your ticket is marked "MUST APPEAR IN COURT", you are required to appear in court, in person, on the date shown.
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM, YOU MUST BE WILLING TO:
Plead guilty to the violation by signing your ticket and the enclosed "PLEA OF GUILTY" AND "APPLICATION FOR COURT SUPERVISION" FORM.
Pay the fine in full and the Driver Improvement Program fee.
Complete traffic class within 90 days of the violation.
Keep a clean driving record during your 180 days of supervision.