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. For even more general California driver help, visit our Helpful Info Page. You can also email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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A traffic school must be approved and licensed by the California DMV. See the license for Rapid Traffic School here (link to license). Our Occupational License Number is: _______. If you are issued a moving traffic violation in California and the court offers you the option to attend traffic school, you should pay the fine amount and a Traffic School Admin fee to the state, then request the option to attend traffic school with the court. Once your request is complete, you can enroll in a licensed California Traffic Violators Course, like Rapid Traffic School, for instance. Once you successfully complete the course and pass the final exam, we submit your completion certificate electronically to your local court and DMV (not all traffic schools may do this automatically, so do your research!).
As long as:
- All fees/fines were paid on time to the court, AND
- You were approved by the court to attend traffic school…
Yes! Your progress will be saved automatically. We suggest you log out if you want to pause and log back in when you are ready.
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, and you may review your notes as you take the test.
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, so you should take some time to study and prepare your notes before taking it. If you fail a second time, your traffic course fee will not be refunded, and you must reenroll in the course from the beginning.
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 the lowest price in California for a high quality 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 Mandatory Actions Unit at (916) 657-6525 for more information.
Not within 18 months. If you already attended traffic safety school to mask a point on your record, per the California Vehicle Code, you will not be allowed to attend again for 18 months from the date of your first citation.
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 work to remove points from 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.
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.