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California Courts Must Report Traffic Citations to the DMV

15 Sep Blog | Comments

In the past, when a driver received a traffic citation, he/she would typically appear in court, plead guilty and request to attend traffic school.  If the driver hadn’t received a traffic school certificate within the past year and a half, the courts allow the driver to enroll. The result was that the citation was dismissed once proof of completing traffic school was provided to the court and thus the DMV was never notified and the point on the driving record; as if the citation was never received.

California legislators found a flaw in this system and amended the traffic school law.

Drivers, who received more than one ticket, were being permitted to attend multiple traffic schools within an 18-month period and thus avoiding the suspension of their driver license.  This was because not all courts shared the same records regarding drivers that had attended traffic school.

The answer to the problem was to require all courts beginning July 1st 2011 to notify the California Department of Motor Vehicles that a defendant was convicted and permitted to attend traffic school.

Once proof of completion of traffic school is submitted the DMV will be notified and the conviction will be masked, not dismissed. Masked means the driver’s auto insurance company and employer will not see a record of the citation.  Only the respective court, DMV and law enforcement will have access to this record.

Click here for more information on online traffic school.


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