Traffic Safety Institute (CTSI) is a non-profit company, which has been providing staffing
and monitoring services to the California Courts in the administration of individual court
approved traffic violator schools since June 27, 1985.
CTSI operates under the legislative authority of CVC 11205 (l) and (m) as amended in
Pursuant to AB2499, which was passed in
the 2009-2010 legislative session, effective July 1, 2011, traffic violations where a
defendant has elected or been ordered to attend a traffic violator school will no longer
be a dismissal on the driving record. They will now become a confidential conviction.
A confidential conviction will mask the violation from your public record. Insurance
companies will not see the confidential conviction.
A traffic violator school conviction will not be masked if:
- There is a prior TVS
dismissal/conviction within the previous 18 months.
- The conviction is a major (2 point)
violation (DUI or Reckless Driving)
- The driver was operating a commercial
vehicle at the time of the violation.
Important Traffic School Attendance Information:
A court may refer a driver to traffic violator school at any time. However, California
Vehicle Code Section 1808.7 mandates that only one conviction in an eighteen (18) month
period be masked from public view on your driving record. The eighteen (18) month period
is calculated from citation/violation date, not class attendance date. Courts are required
to adjudicate all major (2 point) violations; courts are prohibited from sending drivers
who commit major violations to traffic violator schools for the purpose of masking a
If you need an extension of time, please contact the
court which imposed the sentence; CTSI has no authority to grant extensions. You may
attend any traffic violator school with a valid license status listed on the DMV's
web-site. When you have completed the course, the school will issue you a receipt and the
school will file the completion certificate electronically.
Benefits of Attending Traffic Violator School:
NOTICE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school your automobile
insurance may be adversely affected. The citation will also go on your record and reflect
the point count that goes along with the violation.
If you have recently
completed a DMV licensed traffic school program which included classroom, internet or home
study and have a complaint please click here.
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