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.
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:
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.
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 email@example.com to have them corrected.
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.
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.
A court may or may not inform you or us if they reject your certificate. Top reasons why courts reject certificates are:
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.