How Do I Know If I Can Go To Traffic School in California?
In general terms, in California you can go to traffic school for an infraction of a moving violation, provided you were not driving a commercial vehicle and you had a valid driver license at the time.
In most cases in California after you receive a traffic ticket the court will send out a courtesy notice to the driver informing them of the violation and the option to deal with the ticket. One of the options on the courtesy notice may be your eligibility to go to traffic school. If you are eligible then the courtesy notice will indicate you are eligible to go to traffic school.
If you do not have a commercial driver license and the court allows you to go to traffic school, after you complete the traffic school course, your DMV record will reflect a confidential conviction but there will not be a negative point on your DMV record.
Please note before going to traffic school you must get approval from the court to attend traffic school.
What Happens If My Request to Go To Traffic School Is Approved?
In general, if the court approves for a person to go to traffic school for an eligible offense and the person completes the traffic school course by the due date and submits the certificate of completion to the court, a DMV point should not appear on the driving record. If the person has a noncommercial license, a confidential conviction will appear on the driving record. For people with a commercial driver’s license, a conviction will appear on the DMV driving record. If you are granted traffic school and you agree to go to traffic school, you will be required to pay the court an administrative fee in addition to the full fine for the offense. Then, you will also have to pay the traffic school course a fee.
You may request to go to traffic school without going to court, but you would have to request the court’s permission to go to traffic school by the due date on the traffic ticket.
When you get the clerk’s or judge’s approval to go to traffic school, you will also get a deadline to finish traffic school. After you complete the course with the traffic school and you pass the exam, the traffic school should inform the DMV and the court of your completion of the course.