Traffic School 18 Month Rule

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- question from 8/12/2020 by Dave, filed under 18 months and Traffic School Rules

Can i go to the traffic school within 18 months if the court said i am eligible?

I got a ticket in Fresno County a year ago and I recently got another ticket in Bakersfield. I went into court and paid the ticket, they also approved me for traffic school. I remember being told that you can't go to traffic school if you received 2 tickets within 18 months. The court said I'm eligible can I still take the course? Says

Hello Dave-

The courts provide the following information:

To attend traffic school, you must meet all of the following requirements:

• You have not attended traffic school for a ticket issued within 18 months of the date of the ticket;
• You must have a valid driver’s license;
• If speeding, your speed was not more than 25 mph over the speed limit;
• The offense is a moving (driving) violation that carries only one point; and
• You were not driving a commercial vehicle or carrying hazardous material.

The DMV only allows you to take traffic school once every 18 months which is calculated from the violation dates. The courts also have a disclaimer about this advising you to only pay the admin fee if you have not taken traffic school for a prior ticket issued within 18 months. Even if you take traffic school and the court dismisses the case in their system for the second ticket; the DMV will not remove the point since traffic school has already been applied to the first ticket.

Please let us know if you have any further questions. Have a wonderful day #E1393.

* This question and answer may have been modified to remove any identifying personal information of the person asking the question.
** The information contained within this FAQ is up to date as of 8/12/2020. We always recommend that you get the latest information available by contacting, the DMV, or Court directly.


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