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Below, you’ll find answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding how traffic school works, what to expect from our course, and general California licensing requirements/citation information. You can also email us at:

Yes! Our student-friendly course will work on your desktop computer, iPad, tablet or mobile phone.

Yes. If you’ve received a point on your license due to a moving traffic violation and are given the option to attend traffic school, it’s a good idea to do so. Upon successful completion of the course, the point on your license will be hidden by the DMV. This means the license point is not visible to the public and cannot affect your insurance rates. It will only be used for statistical purposes and will not count as a violation on your record. (California Vehicle Code 1808.7)

If you get a ticket, you can request the option to attend traffic school. You’ll need to pay the fine and a traffic school admin fee to the state. If your request is approved, you can enroll in a licensed California Traffic Violator School, like Rapid Traffic School for instance.

An online school such as ours must be licensed by the California DMV. The Occupational License Number for Rapid Traffic School is: E8321.

Upon successfully completing the course and passing the final exam, we’ll submit your completion certificate electronically to your local court and DMV (not all traffic schools may do this automatically, so do your research!)

So in addition to gaining knowledge and renewed confidence in your driving skills, successfully passing this course will result in the masking of your traffic ticket by the DMV and your insurance rates won’t go up. A total win-win!

Yes! Simply click on “Save Course”, log out and log back in when you want to return to the course. Your progress will be saved, and you can navigate back to any part of the course you want to re-review.

That depends entirely on you! The course average is about six hours, but you can take it at your own pace. Some people finish it in a single sitting. Others pick it up throughout the week as they have time. 

Yes. You should not attempt to do the course with help from anyone else or have someone else do the course for you. The goal of traffic safety school is to help you avoid future violations and potential collisions. If you don’t actually take the full course and pass, you cannot achieve that goal.

The final exam contains 25 multiple choice questions. You will be given 60 minutes to complete it.

Per DMV rules, you must pass the exam with a 70% or higher, meaning you will need to get at least 18/25 questions correct. If you fail the final exam, you will be allowed to take another one. A second exam will have different questions on it. If you fail a second time, your traffic course fee will not be refunded. You may enroll in another Traffic Violator School class, or you can re-enroll in Rapid Traffic School and start the course over again.

Once you complete the course and receive 70% or higher on the exam, we will send your completion certificate to the court as fast as we can, usually within 48 hours. You can request a rush order based on your court due date, but we cannot guarantee it will arrive on time if you wait until the last minute. It is best to give yourself plenty of time to complete the course and send in your certificate.

The exact time frame of this process really depends on the individual court. For large courts, the dismissal process can take anywhere from several days to a few weeks. If you completed the course prior to your due date, there is nothing to worry about.

If you start the course and/or the final exam, we cannot issue you a refund. You should make sure that you are approved to take a traffic school course before enrolling. If you mistakenly purchased the course, do not take it, and contact us via email or live chat ASAP.

The Traffic School Admin fee is paid to your individual court to allow you the option of traffic school to mask your points. All traffic schools, though licensed through the DMV, are not affiliated with the court and will charge their own fee to take their course. Luckily, you have options, and Rapid Traffic School offers one of the lowest prices in California for a very informative, friendly and engaging course.

If you are a commercially licensed driver and you committed an offense in a noncommercial vehicle, you may be eligible for traffic school. If you are approved and you complete a licensed traffic violator course, a conviction will remain on your record with the DMV but the point can still be masked. You are also required to complete a special form: the Driver License Record Correction Request (Traffic Violations/Convictions Only). Contact the DMV’s Mandatory Actions Unit at (916) 657-6525 for more information or visit 2022 California Rules of the Court.  

Not within 18 months. If you already attended traffic safety school to mask a point on your record, you will not be allowed to attend again for 18 months from the date of your first citation, per California Vehicle Code 41501

If you received a moving violation, wait to receive your paperwork from the court. You should receive a courtesy notice two to three weeks after you receive your ticket. This notice will tell you how much you owe and whether you are eligible for traffic school. See above for info on how traffic safety schools can mask a point on your DMV record.

If you received a non-moving violation such as a parking, paperwork, or vehicle citation, you will likely not be eligible for traffic safety school. You may receive a point against your record if you receive the ticket via law enforcement (you cannot get points against your record if you find a parking ticket on your windshield).

For both moving and non-moving violations, if you believe you received your ticket in error, and you have evidence to prove it, you may consider contesting the ticket.

You can apply for a Class C California driver’s license (CDL) online. You will be required to create an account with the California DMV and finish the process by visiting a local DMV office. A fee of $38 is required, and you will be asked to pass a driver knowledge test, an in-person driving exam (if required), and a vision test. Once processed and paid for, the DMV will mail you your license in 2-4 weeks. Start the application here.

For a Class C CDL, you will need to provide:

  • Your true full name.
  • A completed Driver License Application form (can be filled out online in advance).
  • Acceptable proof of identity and birthdate (US Birth Certificate, Passport, Armed Forces ID, Permanent Resident Card, and other true full name verifications).
  • Your Social Security Number.
  • Proof of California residency.
  • A $38 fee.

You may also want to prepare for the knowledge test by taking DMV practice tests here.

If you are getting your driver’s license for the first time, you will receive an instruction permit after the knowledge test, which gives you permission to practice driving before the in-person driving exam. 

If you hold a valid license from another state, you can apply for your California license online or visit a DMV office in person. You will be required to provide your out of state license, proof of California residency, and the $38 fee. You must also pass the knowledge test and vision test. An in-person driving exam will most likely be waived. You can create an account, fill out the application online and make an appointment with your local DMV here. Once you pass your tests, your photograph and signature will be taken, and you may be issued a temporary license to use until your official license is mailed to you.

To replace a lost, stolen, or damaged California DL, complete a new driver’s license application form (DL 44) online or at any DMV office. You must be able to confirm your identity with photo ID, and pay a fee for the replacement. You will be issued a temporary driver’s license at the DMV that you can use to drive (it is not an acceptable form of photo ID, just a paper document). It is only valid until you receive your replacement DL in the mail, which can take 2-4 weeks.

If you are caught driving without a valid driver’s license in California, you may be charged with an infraction (comes with a fine of up to $250) or a misdemeanor, which can come with fines up to $1000 and possible jail time. Do not drive without a license.