Frequently Asked Questions

Can I go to traffic school or take a defensive driving class instead of paying the fine?

You may qualify to attend traffic school instead of paying the fine. It is likely that you will qualify for traffic school if you meet the following conditions:

  • You are not currently under a DMV hold for this citation;
  • You have not been granted any extensions of your hearing date;
  • Your citation is for a moving violation;
  • You have not attended traffic school in the past 18 months;
  • You do not have a Class A driver license;
  • You have not been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs;
  • You have not been charged with speeding more than 25 miles over the speed limit.

Some hearing locations allow people to check their eligibility for traffic school, and to inform the court that they have chosen the traffic school option, without appearing in court. To find out if your hearing location allows this, click the “Check Traffic School Eligibility” button on the right-hand side of the page.

Even if your hearing location does not allow you to choose traffic school without a court appearance, you may nonetheless be eligible to attend traffic school instead of paying the fine. If your hearing location does not allow you to make this choice in advance, you must attend your scheduled court appearance in order to request traffic school.

What is the cost of attending traffic school?

The fees for traffic school vary from school to school. Please contact the school of your choice and inquire.

How do I know if I have been cited for a moving violation?

You may check with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

How do I know if I have attended traffic school in the past 18 months?

You may check with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

What if I have multiple tickets?

If you have multiple tickets, you may choose to attend traffic school if one of the charges is a moving violation. You may either pay the fines for the additional tickets or appear in court. If any of your tickets indicates a mandatory appearance, you must appear in court.

When is my proof of traffic school completion due?

Proof that you have completed traffic school must be received by the court within 60 days of the original court date that is listed on the Notice to Appear. Note that this court is unable to accept electronic submissions of certificates from traffic schools. You must submit either a copy of your certificate or a copy of the confirmation email (for online courses) showing that you have completed the course to the court by mail. Failure to submit proof of completion may result in a hold being placed on your license. Proof of completion should be mailed to the address below:

U.S. District Court Attn: CVB Clerk
3470 Twelfth St.
Riverside, CA 92501

What if after submitting my online request to attend traffic school, I decide not to complete the course?

If you decide not to complete the traffic school course, you must pay the “total collateral due” amount shown on your Violation Notice. If you fail to either complete the traffic school course or pay the fine, a hold may be placed on your license.


If your question is not addressed above, please visit the Frequently Asked Questions page of the CVB's website for additional information.