If a driver commits a moving violation in Kern County and receives a ticket, that driver might be eligible to go to traffic school. For eligibility requirements, see section on traffic school eligibility below.
If the court has permitted you to attend a traffic school class for ticket dismissal, you DO NOT have to sit in a classroom for a full day.
Driver Training Associates, through a partnership with I Drive Safely®, makes available to California drivers this 8-hour defensive driving course that is approved for all of the Kern County court branches shown below.
Whether or not you are allowed to go to traffic school is determined by the court. In Kern County, you may not attend traffic school if you have already done so for a prior citation issued within 18 months of the issue date of your present citation.
Most drivers who meet the following requirements will be eligible for traffic school:
Traffic school attendance is a three-step process. First, you must pay your bail amount (shown on your citation) and administrative fee ($61.00). Next, locate a court approved defensive driving course and sign up. This will require payment of the course fee to the school of your choice. (This fee is not the same as the $61.00 administrative court fee.) Finally, submit proof of your traffic school completion to the court.
When the court receives proof of your completion, your ticket will be dismissed. You can mail your certificate in to the court or deliver it in person. Dismissal of your ticket can prevent your insurance rate from increasing.
The Kern County Metropolitan Traffic Division is located in Bakersfield. The address is:
The court is open from 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM.
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