Follow the following steps to keep that ticket off your driving record!

 

1) Be Certain You Are Court Approved

You must be court approved to take traffic school. You will receive a courtesy letter from the court 2 or 3 weeks after you get your ticket informing you if you are court approved to take traffic school (see eligibility rules below). 

If you received your ticket from a state other than California, you must contact the court and find out if they will allow you to take traffic school from a California DMV licensed traffic school.

*The court may approve traffic school for a driver with a commercial driver’s license if the eligible offense occurred in a non-commercial vehicle. After completion of traffic school by a driver with a commercial driver’s license, a conviction will still appear on the driving record at the DMV, but a point will not be counted towards a person's total negligent operator point count. Drivers with a commercial driver's license are responsible for contacting the DMV Driver Safety Unit at (916) 657-6452 after completing traffic school.


2) Pay All Fines and Fees Due to the Court

We recommend that you pay all fines and fees prior to completing traffic school. If you do not, the court can reject your certificate for non-payment.  You must pay the court all fines and fees associated with your ticket. These include:

  • Ticket fine (bail amount)
  • The court's traffic school administration fee

Note: Non-payment of the court's traffic school administration fee is the #1 reason for the court rejecting certificates. This is a separate fee for court processing and does not include our separate traffic school course fee.


3) Sign-up and Pass Traffic School by The Court's Due Date

  1. Sign-up for our online traffic school course
  2. You can finish the course as fast as you can read. Most people finish is 4-5 hours.
  3. Pass the final test consisting of 25 multiple choice questions with a score of 70% or better. You have two chances to pass and 99% of people pass!
  4. Be certain to complete traffic school by the court's due date or your certificate will be rejected.

Notes:

  • Some courts will grant you one 30 day extension if you need additional time.
  • Some courts require you to finish by a specific date and others require you to submit your certificate to them by a specific date. This information is in the letter sent to you by the court.

4) Review Your Certificate

Once you pass the final test we immediately email you a Certificate of Completion for your records. Be certain to review all information on your certificate for accuracy. The court will reject your certificate for minor mistakes. If there are any mistakes, email support@trafficschool4busypeople.com to have them corrected.


5) We Send Your Certificate to the DMV and Court

We electronically send your certificate to the court and DMV on your behalf within 3 business days for free. If you need faster service, you can add our Express Same Business Day Processing Upgrade for an additional $8.95.

We notify the court of the date you passed, and your certificate is time and date stamped by the court the same day we electronically send it to them.

Note: Do not expect your Certificate to instantly appear in the court's antiquated computer system. A court administrator must download your certificate from the central DMV/Court database to process it. Depending on the court, this can take a few days to a few weeks.


6) The Ticket Dismissal Process

1) We electronically send your certificate to the California DMV/Court Central Traffic School Database.

2) A court administrator from your court downloads your certificate from the central database to their local database; this is when your certificate shows up in a local court's system. This can take one day or a few weeks.

3) The court administrator determines if you have met all of the court's requirements to have your ticket dismissed (paid all fines, met due date, approved to take traffic school, etc.). 

4) If you have met all of the court requirements, the court "dismisses" your ticket and electronically informs the DMV to mask your ticket and not show it on your public driving record.

5) If you have not met all of the court's requirements, the court rejects your certificate. The court may or may not inform you or us of this rejection. Only the court knows the reason(s) for rejection and we do not have access to this court information. We recommend you follow-up with the court 30 days after you pass (look on the court's website or call) to ensure they have dismissed your ticket. 


7) Top Reasons Why Courts Reject Certificates

A court may or may not inform you or us if they reject your certificate. Top reasons why courts reject certificates are:

  • You did not provide accurate information (court, ticket, driver's license, etc.)
  • You did not pay the bail amount due on your ticket by the due date
  • You signed up for a payment plan but did not make all payments by the due date
  • You did not pay the court's traffic school administration fee
  • You were not approved for traffic school
  • You did not meet the court's traffic school due date
  • You took traffic school before your ticket was in the court's system
  • The court received and then lost your certificate in their antiquated computer system
  • You have a commercial driver's license (in this case the point does not count towards your total NOTS points, but does stay on your driving record)

8) Court Follow-Up After 30 Days

We guarantee to send your certificate to the court, but the court can reject your certificate for a number of reasons stated above. We recommend that you follow-up with the court 30 days after you pass the course (look on the court's website or call them) to ensure they have dismissed your ticket. 


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Who Can Take Traffic School?

The courtesy notice you receive from the court by mail should indicate if you’re eligible for traffic school. If you haven’t received your court notice within three weeks of receiving your ticket, or are unsure if you’re eligible, call the telephone number on your ticket.

 

 

Who can take traffic school?

According to Vehicle Code section 42005 and California Rules of Court rule 4.104, you are generally eligible to attend traffic school if the following criteria are met.

  • You have a valid driver’s license
  • Your ticket is for an infraction that is a moving violation
  • The violation(s) on your ticket must be an eligible one point Vehicle Code infraction. See the list of one point violations here.
  • You have not attended traffic school for an eligible violation that occurred within the last 18 months
  • You cannot go to traffic school for any:
  • Speeding tickets where the alleged speed was more than 25 mph over the speed limit.
  • Equipment or non-moving violations. For more information regarding eligibility, see California Rule of Court Rule 4.104.
  • Misdemeanor
  • Violation that has a mandatory Court appearance
  • Alcohol or drug related violations
  • Citation/ticket that has defaulted to a failure to appear unless the failure to appear charge has been adjudicated and any fine or civil assessment imposed has been paid.

Commercial Drivers

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.

 

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Common Questions

 

Why should I take traffic school?
The cost of taking traffic school is small compared to the hundreds of dollars in increased auto insurance premiums a ticket could cost you over the three years it says on your driving record. According to a 2012 analysis of over 490,000 policy quotes conducted by Insurance.com, getting a single ticket can boost an average policyholder’s auto insurance premium by as much as 22 percent!       
 
Other reasons for taking traffic school include keeping your driving record clean for employment reasons, and not adding another point to your record when you already have some existing violations.
 
How long does online traffic school take?
On average, it takes our students between 3-5 hours to complete the online course.  Some people finish it much much quicker and some take longer. Since the course is self paced, how fast you complete the course is completely under your control. Finish it all in one sitting or over multiple sessions.  
 
Will points show on my driving record after I complete traffic school?
According to California Vehicle Code 1808.7, Section 1803.5, California courts must report traffic safety violations as convictions. If you’re eligible and complete a licensed traffic school course, however, your violation will be kept confidential and no violation points will show on your driving record.
 
How Much Does Traffic School Cost?
The cost of traffic school includes a state mandated administration fee of $52.00 paid to the court, plus a separate fee paid to the independent traffic school.  The fee paid to the independent traffic school can range from $9.95 to more than $50.00.
 
You might wonder, why the price difference?  Especially since all licensed traffic schools give you the same court accepted Completion Certificate that keeps that point off your driving record. The answer? Some charge extra for the jokes they add to their course (approx. $29.99), while other traditional classroom schools charge more to pay an instructor to stand in front of you and teach all day ($35+).  
 
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"It was my first time taking traffic school and your customer service person was very patient and helpful.  They answered all of my questions and helped me understand what I needed to do.  Thank you for making what I thought would be a terrible experience nice!"

- Janice Choi,  Sacramento, CA

Keep The Points Off Your Record

Follow these steps to ensure your traffic ticket and the point associated with it aren’t added to your driving record:

  1. Make certain you’re approved to take traffic school by the court
  2. Pay all fines and fees for your ticket and the traffic school administration fee to the court.  If you don’t pay these in full, the court will not accept your traffic school completion certificate.
  3. Register and pay for a California DMV Licensed traffic school course
  4. Take and pass the traffic school course
  5. Have your Completion Certificate sent to the court by your traffic school due date
Note: Pay The Court
You must pay the court all fees and fines due on your traffic ticket, including the court traffic school administration fee. If you fail to do so, the court will not accept the Completion Certificate we send them.

 

 

Three Factors Impacting Your Insurance Rate

Under Prop. 103, approved by California voters in 1988, auto insurers must use three factors in setting rates:

●    Driving record
●    Number of miles driven annually
●    Years of driving experience
 

Of these, your driving record has the biggest influence on your insurance rate. It’s therefore important to keep your driving record clean because insurance companies check your driving record whenever you apply for car insurance, and every time you renew your policy. You should also remember that a single point on your driving record can trigger insurance premium increases that last for the three years the point stays on your driving record.  

Keep your driving record clean and your insurance rates in check by completing our California DMV licensed online traffic school. We make it as fast as legally allowable to finish and give you exclusive tools to help you easily pass or your money back guaranteed.