Follow the below steps to keep your driving record clean!
Step 6: Follow Up With The Court 30 Days After Passing
We guarantee to send your certificate to your California court. Unfortunately, courts have old computer systems and manual procedures that lead to certificates being lost and not being processed! We highly recommend that you check with the court 30 days after you pass to ensure that they have processed your certificate and have 'closed' your ticket. Do this by going to their website or by contacting them directly using the information in the letter they sent you.
Court Certificate Processing
The court may approve traffic school for a driver with a commercial driver’s license if the eligible offense occurred in a noncommercial vehicle. After completion of an approved program by a driver with a commercial driver’s license, a conviction will appear on the driving record at the DMV, but a point will not appear for the offense. Drivers with a commercial driver's license are responsible for contacting the DMV Driver Safety Unit at (916) 657-6452 after completing traffic school.
The California Vehicle Code (see section VC42005 on this state code page ) states that drivers with a commercial driver's license can only attend traffic school if they were not driving a commercial vehicle. Upon completion, the record of conviction will not be held confidential, but the conviction will not add a point count to the DMV record. Drivers with a commercial driver's license are responsible for contacting the DMV Driver Safety Unit at (916) 657-6452 after completion of traffic school, to insure that the DMV does not assess the point against their record.
If you hold a commercial driver's license and you were not driving a commercial vehicle, the record of conviction will not be held confidential but the conviction will not add a point count to your DMV record.
Non-California & Federal Traffic Tickets
If you have a California driver's license and receive a ticket while driving in a different state, or on Federal land, you must:
WARNING - Los Angeles County Tickets
Be advised that LA county courts have a long history of losing and not processing certificates. The situation is so bad that the LA Traffic Advisory Service was created to assist people with non-processed traffic school certificates!
If your ticket is from an LA County Court: