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Traffic School


Benefits
If you attend and complete a licensed traffic school program and submit a completion certificate to the court within the time allowed; effective July 1, 2011, the DMV will hold the conviction confidential and it will not show on your driving record.

If you are eligible and do not attend Traffic School your automobile insurance may be adversely affected pursuant to 42007(f) CVC.

Eligibility
You may choose to attend Traffic Violator School for certain vehicle violations. To be eligible for the Traffic Violator School Program, you must meet all of the following criteria:

You must pay the bail amount and a State Mandated Traffic School administrative fee before signing up for Traffic School. This is in addition to the amount charged by the Traffic School you select.
  • You have a valid commercial, or non-commercial driver’s license at the time you were cited. (As of September 13, 2012, holders of commericial driver’s licenses, who are driving a non-commercial vehicle at the time of the violation, are eligible to attend traffic violator school.)

 

  • You are not currently attending, and have not attended, a traffic school program within the last 18 months. California Vehicle Code Section 1808.7 mandates that only one citation in an eighteen (18) month period be held confidential from public view on your driving record. The eighteen (18) month period is calculated from vioation date to violation date, not classroom attendance date.
  • Your citation must be for a moving violation, is not a misdemeanor, and your were not driving a commercial vehicle
  • Violation does not require a mandatory appearance in court.
  • Your citation does not involve alcohol or drugs.
  • Your citation is not for Vehicle Code sections 22406.5 or 21655.5.
  • If your case involves a failure to appear, warrant, or civil assessment, the failure to appear, warrant, or civil assessment charge must be adjudicated or paid in full before you can attend traffic violator school.

  • WARNING: If you are not eligible to attend, but do so anyway, the conviction will be reported on your driving record and there will be no refund of any fees paid.

    Payment and Fees
    If you meet all of the conditions listed above, you may choose to attend Traffic Violator School. You must post the full bail amount and any required proof of correction fee, and a non-refundable, State-mandated administrative fee. Payment in full must be received prior to applying for traffic school. Traffic schools also charge a separate tuition that includes the cost of your completion certificate. The amount of tuition varies. Call the school of your choice for the exact amount of tuition. Home Study/Internet courses are also available.

    Payment may be made online, using our IVR phone system, by mail, or in person.

    Extensions
    If you are not going to be able to complete the school and return the Certificate of Completion to the court by the due date, you must request a one time 30 day extension of time. This can be done online, by phone, or in person.

    Find a Traffic School
    Upon payment, a qualified list of both classroom and on-line traffic schools will be provided. Your case will be extended 90 days to allow for completion of school and return of the certificate of completion. Traffic schools are private businesses and will charge an additional fee.
    Traffic School Certificates
    Your traffic citation will be held confidential upon proof of completion of Traffic School. Timely presentation of the Proof of Completion to the court is your responsibility and not that of the school or postal service. The certificate must be received by the Court on or before the disposition date (due date). If remitting the certificate by mail, allow a minimum of 10 days prior to the due date to ensure proper processing.
    • Your certificate will not be accepted if: Payment has not been received or paid in full.
    • The certificate is from any school that has not been approved by the Superior Court of California, County of Alameda.
    Failure to Complete
    Failure to submit proof of completion by the due date will result in your bail being forfeited, the violation being reported to DMV as a conviction, and a point count on your driving record.
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