Follow these steps to successfully keep your traffic ticket from showing on your public driving record.
Step 4: Pass The Final Test
Step 5: Enter Your Ticket Information
Step 8: Follow Up With The Court 30 Days After Passing
If your ticket is from Los Angeles County, follow the directions below.
WARNING - Los Angeles County Tickets
Please be aware that LA county courts have a significant history of losing and failing to process certificates. This situation has prompted the establishment of the LA Traffic Advisory Service, which helps individuals with issues related to unprocessed traffic school certificates.
If your ticket is from an LA County Court:
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:
How The Court and DMV Process Works