When you receive information regarding your traffic citation in the mail, the paperwork will indicate your option to attend traffic school. If this option is listed (or if you know you haven’t attended in the last 18 months), simply pay the court’s administrative fee and you can get started right away. You may not attend traffic school to mask a point if: you attended traffic school within the previous 18 months, if the conviction was for a major (2-point) violation, or if you were operating a vehicle requiring commercial licensure at the time of the violation.
Drivers who hold a commercial driver license are eligible to attend traffic school to mask a point from their driving records only if they were operating a non-commercial vehicle at the time of the violation. Drivers may not attend traffic school to mask a point if they were operating a vehicle requiring commercial licensure. Further, for commercial licensees, the masked point will only be disregarded with respect to determining a “negligent operator” designation; by law, the record of the conviction would still be disclosed to employers and to insurance providers.
Commercially licensed drivers who successfully complete traffic school are responsible for contacting the DMV Driver Safety Unit (916) 657-6452) to ensure that the point has been masked from their records.
If you attend traffic school even though you are not eligible to mask a point, the DMV will not mask the conviction/point on your driving record.