SIX STEPS IF YOU MISS TRAFFIC SCHOOL DEADLINE IN CALIFORNIA OR NEED AN EXTENSION
Did you miss your California traffic school deadline or court due date? Or is your traffic school completion date approaching? Will your auto insurance rates rise because you got a speeding ticket?
Fact #1: You can complete your California traffic school on your due date!
You have until 11:59 pm on the day of your California traffic school due date. That's because the California Superior courts and the California DMV look at the date when you complete the Defensive Drivers Group California traffic school final exam, not when they receive the information from us.
Extension example: Riverside Superior Court Traffic Division offers "two 30-day extensions or one 60-day extension from the appearance date on your ticket." Requests may be made online, by mail, or by the automated telephone system at 951.222.0384.
Late certificate example: In addition to granting a 30-day extension, the Marin Superior Court Traffic Division may accept late California traffic school certificates: "Violators who complete their traffic violator school late, but within sixty (60) calendar days of the due date and, after the Court has already reported their convictions to DMV, may request that the Court accept their late certificates and send updated notifications of completion to DMV. There is a $50 administrative fee for this service."
Ask for a traffic school extension right now
Can you get an extension on a California traffic school deadline? In many cases yes, but only the traffic court can say. But a "yes" could save hundreds of dollars on auto insurance. So call the California Superior Traffic Court where you got your traffic violation today. (Click for superior court contact list.)
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Fact #4: You can and should avoid future traffic violations
A second or third speeding ticket? Know the consequences.
Additional traffic tickets in California could devastate your auto insurance rates. And in California if you get four or more points in 12 months you may be designated a negligent operator. That cannot be good for your auto insurance.
Think California traffic school will help? Not if you get two tickets within 18 months. You can take traffic school in California only once every 18 months. So be smart and drive within the law.
Four essential tips to avoid a second ticket
Our best tips for avoiding speeding tickets are: (1) obey the law and speed limits, (2) drive at speeds safe for conditions (the California basic speed law), (3) do not run red lights because red light cameras are everywhere in California, and (4) always drive safely!
FAQs: Missed California traffic school deadline or need a traffic school extension
Can I get an extension if I miss my traffic school deadline?
We cannot say yes or no. Only the California court in which you got your citation can grant an extension to traffic school. We do know that many California traffic courts do grant traffic school extensions, and some accept late traffic school certificates. Asking could save you hundreds on auto insurance, so ask today.
Where can I find my California traffic school due date?
More and more California Superior Traffic Courts are moving to online systems to supply your traffic school completion date. The traditional method was for the court to mail you your due date 2-3 weeks after you pay your traffic violation fine and state fee that lets you take traffic school. Many California Superior Courts continue to do that, and some do that only for those who pay their fines by check.
In contrast, if you pay online, then you will likely get an email giving you your due date. All of this assumes that you (1) paid your violation fees and (2) are eligible to take traffic school in California.
Your best bet it is consult the Traffic Court webpage of the California court in the county where you received your traffic violation. You can also call us at 877-883-7290 and we will be happy to help you figure it out.
Will my auto insurance company find out that I received a speeding ticket?
We cannot say for sure, but the California DMV will record your conviction on your driving record unless you take traffic school.
My traffic school deadline is tomorrow. Is it too late?
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Summary: Informative and helpful online driving school in California
Description: I picked this California online traffic school because of the positive reviews on Yelp for San Francisco. I called them on Sunday to ask some questions and they answered my call - on a Sunday! My traffic school due date was Monday and I got it all done in time.