What class can I take to fix a cell phone violation?

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- question from 2/26/2020 by Roberto, filed under Court Approved Traffic School and Cell Phone

My insurance company needs a certificate for my phone ticket.


I was pulled over and issued a citation for using my cell phone. My insurance company said to go to traffic school. What class can I take to remove the holding a cell phone in my hand violation?


TrafficSchool.com Says


A new California law went into effect July 1st, 2021 concerning cell phone moving violations. A point will now be added to your DMV driving record if you are cited for driving while using a cell phone in a handheld manner AND if the violation is the second cell phone violation you have received within a 3 year (36 months) period.

Prior to July 1st, points were not given for cell phone violations, regardless of how many were received, so drivers could not take traffic school for cell phone tickets.

As far as getting approval from the court to take traffic school for cell phone tickets, the court listed on your traffic ticket will determine the process allowing you to opt in for traffic school for a cell phone ticket, and also will charge you a court admin fee. Keep in mind that the court may not know about previous cell phone violations you received, so it will be your responsibility to determine if you are fully eligible for traffic school to have the point removed because you received a previous cell phone ticket within 3 years (36 months).

Remember, to have the cell phone point removed from your record with traffic school, you have to receive TWO cell phone tickets in a 3 year period.

If you were to receive a THIRD cell phone ticket, then you would not be eligible to take traffic school unless 18-months have passed since you last attended traffic school for the second cell phone ticket.


Hello Roberto-

Cell phone tickets are not eligible for traffic school. It is considered a non-moving violation and don't carry a point count. Traffic school can be taken for eligible moving citations (i.e. running a red-light, speeding, illegal U-turn etc.).

Please let us know if you have any further questions. Have a good day from TrafficSchool.com-TVS #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 2/26/2020. We always recommend that you get the latest information available by contacting TrafficSchool.com, the DMV, or Court directly.


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