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California Driver Handbook - Administrative


California Driver Handbook - Administrative

Traffic Violator School Convictions

When a noncommercial driver is cited for a 1 point traffic violation, the judge may offer the driver the opportunity to attend a traffic violator school once in any 18-month period to have the citation masked from their driving record. Completion of the course is reported electronically to the court by the school; however, the student will receive a completion receipt from the school.

Note: When a commercial driver is cited in a noncommercial vehicle, the driver may be eligible to attend traffic school. Refer to DMV’s website for further information at

Suspension or Revocation

If you get too many negligent driver points, DMV will place you on probation for 1 year (which includes a 6 month suspension) or revoke your driving privilege (refer to the topics included in the “Administrative” section). Your suspension or revocation order informs you of your right to a hearing.

At the end of the suspension or revocation period, you may apply for a new DL and must show proof of financial responsibility.

DMV will revoke your DL if you are convicted of a hit-and-run or reckless driving that resulted in injury.

Note: Courts have the authority to suspend a person’s DL.

Record Confidentiality

Most information in your DL record is available to the public. Your residence address may only be viewed by authorized agencies. Your mailing address, if different from your residence, is less restricted.

Records on the physical or mental condition of a driver remain confidential.

You may obtain a copy of your driving record at any DMV field office for a fee with valid ID.

Vandalism/Graffiti—All Ages

California law allows the courts to suspend the DL for up to 2 years of a person convicted of engaging in vandalism, including graffiti. If you are convicted and do not have a DL, the courts can delay the issuance of your DL for up to 3 years from the date you are legally eligible to drive.

Speed Contests/Reckless Driving

A person convicted of driving recklessly or engaging in a speed contest which causes bodily injury to another person is subject to:

  • Imprisonment.
  • A fine.
  • Both a fine and imprisonment (CVC §23104(a)).

Possessing Firearms

The court will:

  • Suspend or revoke the driving privilege of any minor convicted of possessing a concealable weapon or live ammunition.
  • Impose DL sanctions for minors convicted of misdemeanors involving firearms.

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