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Traffic - School

To reduce the chances of your auto insurance rates being adversely affected by a citation, you may request to attend traffic school. You must first meet the eligibility requirements listed below. If eligible, you make the request by signing the back of your courtesy notice and submitting the entire amount of the citation plus an administrative fee ($73) to the Court either in person or by mail. The full amount of fine plus the administrative fee must be paid at that time. Once the Court receives this payment, your citation due date will be extended by ninety days to allow you time to attend the school.

Please note the traffic schools are independent of the Court and will charge you a separate tuition fee. For a list of DMV Licensed Traffic Schools, click here . You will also be provided with a copy of this list when payment for the citation is received. Questions concerning the costs, hours, or locations must be directed to the school you choose to attend.

Taking a course though an on-line school is permitted as long as the school is on the approved list. Home Study courses are also available, however you must appear in Court for approval prior to taking the course.

Upon completing traffic school, the school will issue a certificate of completion. You are required to return the original copy of the certificate to the court by the due date. If you fail to this, a bail forfeiture disposition (which is the same as a conviction) will be sent to the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Please be advised that you may only have one violation within an 18 month period that can be reported to the DMV as a confidential confiction.

If you are eligible to attend Traffic Violators School but decide not to do so, your automobile insurance may be adversely affected.

Traffic School Eligibility:

Any driver with a commercial driving license may attend traffic school only if they were driving a non-commercial vehicle at the time of the citation.

The violation(s) on your ticket must be eligible.

Any violation that carries a negligent operator point count of more than one point is not eligible. Seat belt, mechanical or equipment violations, failure to have insurance and other certain specified violations are not eligible for traffic school.

After the above considerations, only persons meeting the following criteria established by the Judicial Council of the State of California are permitted to attend traffic school:

You must currently possess a valid driver's license.

You may not have attended Traffic School in the last 18 month period.

Your ticket must not have defaulted to a failure to appear.

Your ticket must not be related to alcohol use or possession of alcohol.

Your ticket must not be related to drug use or possession of drugs.