Frequently Asked Questions for Online Traffic School in California
Taking our course will help you prevent a recent traffic ticket and points from showing up on your public driving record. In turn, your violation will not be reported to your insurance company, which will help you avoid a costly spike in your premium rate.
Yes! Your California online traffic school course is state-licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to meet all requirements for a traffic ticket. It is available throughout the state, in cities and counties such as:
- Los Angeles
- San Francisco
- San Jose
- San Mateo
- Santa Clara
- Santa Cruz
…and much more!
If you successfully complete a DMV-licensed traffic school course before the deadline you were given, you will not have points added to your driving record. A confidential conviction will show up on your driving record (unless you have a commercial driver’s license, in which case the conviction will appear on your record).
You will need to pay the court an administrative fee for opting to take traffic school as well as the traffic school fee. Remember that you must have the court’s permission in order to receive credit for traffic school.
In order to receive credit for your course, you must do the following:
- Pay the traffic ticket bail amount
- Pay the administrative fee
- Complete an 8-hour traffic school course
The court must receive your payment before you can enroll in your course.
The California DMV typically sends out a notice of eligibility if you qualify for masking a ticket through traffic school. If you haven’t received this notice, you may contact your court listed on your citation, or your local DMV branch, and request permission to attend a California traffic school course.
Generally, you qualify if you meet the following eligibility requirements:
- You hold a valid non-commercial California driver’s license
- You have been cited for a minor moving violation not exceeding 25 MPH over the limit
- You have NOT taken traffic school in the past 18 months
We have all of the eligibility requirements and steps to take for California traffic school listed on our How It Works page.
You are not eligible to attend California traffic school if you were cited for any of the following reasons:
- Non-moving/equipment violation
- Violation that mandates a court appearance
- Alcohol-related violation
- Being cited while operating a commercial motor vehicle (if you hold a commercial driver’s license)
Yes! An online traffic school course can help you get an insurance discount in the state of California. However, there are several factors that affect this:
- The course must be state-licensed.
- You must check with your insurance provider to see if they offer this discount.
- You must check with your insurance carrier to find out if you are eligible for this discount.
If you take California traffic school, your verification of course completion will need to be sent directly to the California DMV. Some course providers, like I Drive Safely, report your results directly to the DMV for you.
You may only attend a traffic violator school program for a ticket once every 18 months, unless you receive special permission from the court.
If you are granted permission to attend traffic school, it is possible that you will only have to pay a court fee and the cost of the traffic school course.
Points are not erased in California. Taking a licensed traffic school course in California will prevent points from appearing on your public driving record, which prevents your insurance company from seeing them, but they will not be erased from your DMV record.
Generally, traffic school is not something that is required—it is a nice option to have in order to avoid having points visible on your driving record. Traffic school is something you must be eligible for and must have permission to attend.
Your citation will list a deadline for paying your traffic ticket/appearing in court, unless you are under the age of 18. If you’re under 18, this information will be sent to you by the court at a later date.
When it comes time to renew your vehicle’s registration, the DMV will look to see if there are any outstanding issues. If the DMV finds a “failure to pay” or “failure to appear,” they can refuse to renew your car’s registration.
Therefore, if you fail to pay your traffic fine by the deadline, your driver’s license could be suspended, and you will typically not be allowed to renew your registration until you have paid your ticket, as well as any other outstanding tickets/fees on your record.
Your California traffic school is not timed, though generally students take about 8 hours to complete the course. Your course material is broken down into single-subject units, which you can complete at your own pace. Therefore, how long the course takes is up to you!
Each of the course chapters focuses on a single topic that pertains to California driving and traffic laws. Some examples:
- Highway safety
- Alcohol- and drug-impaired driving
- State traffic laws
- Driving emergencies
- Vehicle maintenance
Yes, your final exam consists of 25 multiple-choice questions. You need to score a 70% or higher to pass, and you may retake the exam again if you need to. You are allowed one (1) retake.
Each of the chapters contains a quiz that reviews important content from that chapter. There are 10 questions per quiz, and you need to obtain a score of 70% or higher to pass onto the next chapter. The quizzes will provide you with an excellent opportunity to master the course material and prepare for your final exam. You will be provided with feedback on any incorrect answers, and you may retake your quizzes an unlimited amount of times.
You may retake your quizzes and final exam if you do not obtain a passing score of 70% or higher on your first try. You are allowed unlimited retakes on your quizzes, and a total of one (1) retake on your final exam.
Deadlines are typically determined by the California courts. While we allow you 180 days to complete your course before your account is suspended, the court may require you to finish your course much sooner than that. Make sure to determine your court’s deadline before beginning the course.
Regardless of court deadlines, you must complete the course within 180 days of registration. Any student who has not successfully completed the course within 180 days will be terminated without notice and will not be eligible for a refund.
Since we report your completion information to the DMV electronically, you may enroll in your course the day it is due – however, you must complete the course before midnight in order for it to be reported to the DMV with the date of your deadline and for you to receive credit. As long as you finish all 8 hours before the midnight deadline, you may enroll in the course the same day as your due date.
Courts charge an additional fee to allow you to take a traffic school course. This is a separate charge, and if it is not paid to the court, the court will not accept your certificate of completion.
You will provide proof of your identity at the beginning of your course in order to ensure that you, the driver that was ticketed, are the one taking this course. This is the only fair way of assessing that you are the one taking the course.
To prove your identity, you will be asked a series of personal questions during your registration for the course. You will need to remember these answers, because you will be asked the same questions throughout the course to prove that you are the one at the keyboard.
Your proof of completion will be automatically sent by I Drive Safely to the DMV upon completion at no cost to you.