Accruing points on your California driver’s license can, in some cases, lead to more serious issues, and if you generate enough points by committing certain traffic offenses, it can place your license, and potentially, your career, in jeopardy. In addition to paying more for auto insurance, having too many points on your license can threaten any transportation-related professional licenses you may have, which in turn can have a serious impact on your ability to earn a living. In some situations, however, you may be able to reduce the points you have on your record by attending a California traffic school.
Per the Judicial Branch of California, whether you will be able to knock points off your driving record by attending traffic school depends on whether you are eligible to attend in the first place. Typically, you may attend traffic school if you have a current, valid driver’s license, if you received your ticket because of a moving violation, and if you received your ticket in a regular, passenger vehicle, as opposed to a commercial one.
You are typically not eligible to attend a California traffic school, however, for infractions relating to equipment or parking (or other non-moving offenses), or if you received your ticket while you were operating a commercial vehicle. Traffic school will also not help you if you are facing a misdemeanor, an alcohol or drug-related offense, or an offense that involves a mandatory California court appearance.
Typically, you will receive notification if you are eligible to attend traffic school, and then it is up to you whether you wish to attend. If you are eligible to attend traffic school and you choose not to, however, it may lead to an increase in your car insurance rates.
This information is educational in nature and not a substitute for legal advice.