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 ($66) 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
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:
As of September 20, 2005, drivers with a commercial driver's
license (class A/B or a commercial class C) or drivers of
commercial vehicles are prohibited from attending Traffic School.
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
You must currently possess a valid driver's license.
You may not have attended Traffic School in the last 18 month
Your ticket must not have defaulted to a failure to appear.
Your ticket must not be related to alcohol use or possession
Your ticket must not be related to drug use or possession of