Traffic School

TRAFFIC VIOLATER SCHOOL (TVS) and Confidential Conviction (AB 2499)
Effective July 1, 2011 , the courts will no longer be allowed to dismiss infractions after a driver completes traffic school. AB2499 requires all such infractions be recorded as a conviction with the DMV. The driver’s first conviction in an 18-month period will be confidential and will not reflect negative marks on his/her driving record. However, each additional violation within that 18-month period, because he/she is not eligible for TVS, will appear on the driver’s record and negative points will be assigned.

Eligibility:

If you meet the following requirements, you may be eligible to attend Traffic School:

  1. You must not have attended traffic school on a prior citation issued within 18 months of the issue date of your present citation.
  2. You have a valid driver's license.
  3. You must not have been cited for exceeding the maximum or reasonable speed by more than 25 miles per hour or as determined by the judicial officer.
  4. The citation must not require a mandatory court appearance. (This information will be listed on the Courtesy Notice)
  5. The due date on your ticket must not be past.
  6. As of September 20, 2005, if you have a commercial driver's license, you are not eligible for traffic school.

Overview of Process:

If you meet the requirements and wish to attend Traffic School, you will be required to complete the following steps in the order listed:

  1. Pay bail amount and fee
  2. Choose a traffic school
  3. Attend the traffic school
  4. Submit proof that you completed traffic school to the Court
Upon the court receiving proof of such completion, your case will be dismissed and the violation will not appear on your driving record.

1. Pay Bail Amount and Fee

This can be done in person or via mail.

  1. The bail amount is the amount indicated on your Courtesy Notice and is payable to Kern County Superior Court
  2. The Traffic School administrative fee is $64.00 payable to Kern County Superior Court.
    1. Payment Fine Options
    2. Traffic Court Mailing Address
Upon receipt of your payment and Traffic School request, the Court will:
  1. Provide you with further instructions including a list of D.M.V. certified schools in your area.
  2. Give you a future date of approximately 60 days to complete Traffic School.
If you send your request/payment via mail, the above information will be mailed to you.
Do not attend Traffic School prior to paying the bail amount and Traffic School Administrative fees. If you attend prior to payment of the bail amount and said fees, your traffic school completion certificate will not be accepted by the Court.

2. Choose a traffic school

Upon receipt of your request for Traffic School, the Court will provide you with information about Traffic Schools in your area. Options for Traffic School include:

  1. Instructor-based traffic school
  2. Home-study courses
  3. Video-based traffic school
  4. Internet-based traffic school
To obtain a free list of approved Traffic Schools, please contact the California Traffic and Safety Institute at (661) 940-1907 or on the web: www.ctsi-courtnetwork.org You may attend any school on the approved list.

3. Attend Traffic School

Contact the school and arrange to attend a session. Traffic Schools are private businesses and, as such, charge fees to attend. You must complete traffic school and submit the certificate of completion to the Court on or before the due date given to you by the Court.

4. Submit the proof that you completed traffic school to the Court

When you complete Traffic School, you will be provided with proof of completion. Once you receive this proof, submit it to the court (in person or via mail). Upon the court receiving proof of such completion, your case will be dismissed and the violation will not appear on your driving record.

Do not attend Traffic School prior to paying the bail amount and Traffic School Administrative fees. If you attend prior to payment of the bail amount and said fees, your traffic school completion certificate will not be accepted by the Court.