Traffic School California Course: DMV Is Now In Charge!

The California DMV Takes Over

Beginning January 1st, 2013, the California Department of Motor Vehicles officially began overseeing operations, approvals and completion processing for all traffic schools in the state. With this change in place all online traffic school providers must secure new approvals directly through the DMV. This also makes completion processing a more streamlined process than it was when dealing with the 58 individual superior courts.

Before this change, online traffic schools were approved by and communicated directly with the different county superior courts. This made for a very confusing process for drivers who needed to complete a CA traffic school course since the requirements differed from county to county.

There were three different agencies in charge of processing completions before the change. Depending on which agency the county used for processing, the traffic school process was different. The three agencies in charge of processing traffic school California completions were:

  1. National Traffic and Safety Administration (NTSA)
  2. California Traffic Safety Institute (CTSI)
  3. Coordinated Court Systems (CCS)

Each of these agencies had different requirements regarding submission, verification, testing and timing. Now that National Traffic and Safety Administration (NTSA) and Coordinated Court Systems (CCS) are no longer involved, the online traffic school process in California is much smoother. California Traffic Safety Institute (CTSI) continues to assist the DMV in the CA traffic school world by monitoring licensed traffic schools and ensuring compliance. If you recently received a citation you’ll want to make sure that you register with a licensed DMV traffic school. California drivers can Click Here to learn more about our DMV licensed program.

Traffic Violator Schools

When the DMV took over operations of traffic school they began to call it by an unfamiliar name: Traffic Violator School. Although the name has changed, the program hasn’t changed much. In fact, many people find CA traffic school much easier now. With approvals issued for the entire state and certificate processing all handled electronically directly through the California DMV, taking care of your traffic ticket is easy and hassle-free!

Completing a traffic violator school program will benefit you in a few different ways. First, it will keep the evidence of this citation from appearing on your driving record. Since your auto insurance provider won’t be able to see this citation, your insurance premium will not increase as a result of this ticket. Lastly, you will find yourself driving safer and with more confidence. Traffic violator schools in California cover topics that affect drivers in our state, including:

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  1. Recent Changes and Reasons for Traffic Laws
  2. Careless Driving and its Consequences
  3. Operator Responsibilities
  4. Rights and Responsibilities of Pedestrians
  5. Driving Maneuvers
  6. Defensive Driving
  7. Collision Avoidance
  8. Aggressive Driving and How to Avoid It
  9. Driver Distractions
  10. The Vehicle
  11. The Road

Before you attend a traffic violator school you’ll want to make sure that you are eligible to attend traffic school. California eligibility requirements for the program are as follows:

  • You must have a valid driver’s license
  • Your citation must be for a moving violation classified as an infraction
  • You must not have taken traffic school in the past 18 months
  • You must pay all applicable fees to the court
  • If you have a commercial license you must not have been cited in a commercial vehicle
  • Your courtesy notice should indicate that you are eligible

If you meet the eligibility requirements for traffic school California you should Sign Up Now for our DMV licensed program and keep your driving record clean!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I am eligible to attend this course?

It depends on the court or department that is requiring you to take the program. In most cases, the court will send you documentation stating that you can enroll in the program.

How often can I take this course?

You can take our course as often as you want to refresh your knowledge. For DMV or court credit however, you may only take this course once every 18 months. The 18 month period is calculated from the traffic citation/violation date, not traffic school class attendance date.

How do I register for this course?

First be sure you are eligible to take this course. Registration for this course is quite simple. Just complete all the appropriate fields and you can get started right away. You may also call us at 877-972-4665 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Either way, it just takes minutes and you are able to start right away.

How quickly can I finish this course?

The great thing about this course is that you work at your own pace. No one is sitting over your shoulder making you slow down or speed up. Everyone reads at different speeds and this program will allow you to proceed at your own pace with no time maximum for the program. The average completion time varies on your reading ability, but should never take more than an actual sit down class.

Must I complete this course in one sitting?

The On-Line Traffic School, Inc. is designed for the person who does not have a lot of time. The course is broken up into five (5) sections. You can complete one segment, for example, log off, and then log back on at a later time, and the computer will record the section you have completed. You can log on and off as many times as you wish until you complete the program. You can also do the entire course in one sitting... it is up to you.


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