V C Section 11200 License Required

License Required

11200.  (a) The department shall license schools for traffic violators for purposes of Section 41501 or 42005 and to provide traffic safety instruction to other persons who elect to attend. A person may not own or operate a traffic violator school or, except as provided in Section 11206, give instruction for compensation in a traffic violator school without a currently valid license issued by the department.

(b) (1) Any person who elects to attend a traffic violator school shall receive from the traffic violator school and shall sign a copy of the following consumer disclosure statement prior to the payment of the school fee and attending the school:

"Course content is limited to traffic violator curricula approved by the Department of Motor Vehicles. Students in the classroom include traffic offenders, repeat traffic offenders, adults, and teenagers, and those who have and those who have not been referred by a court. Instructor training, business regulatory standards, and Vehicle Code requirements of traffic violator schools are not equal to the training, standards, and Vehicle Code requirements of licensed driving schools (California Vehicle Code Section 11200(b)(1))."

(2) In the case of a minor who elects to attend a traffic violator school, the minor’s parent or guardian shall sign the consumer disclosure statement.

(3) A copy of each signed disclosure statement shall be retained by the traffic violator school for a minimum of 36 months.

(c) New and modified departmental regulations necessitated by this section shall be adopted and effective no later than September 1, 2011.

(d) A licensed traffic violator school shall notify the court by posting on the department’s Web-based database established pursuant to subdivision (b) of Section 11205 information regarding successful course completions.

(e) A licensed traffic violator school shall give every person who attends the school for purposes of Sections 41501 or 42005, upon successful completion of the lesson plan and passage of the postlesson knowledge test, a receipt indicating successful completion. The receipt shall include contact information, including the name of the traffic violator school, address of the school’s business location, name of the course instructor if classroom-based, telephone number, e-mail address if appropriate, hours of operation, and any other information that may be used to confirm course completion.

(f) This section shall become operative on September 1, 2011.

Added Sec. 3.5, Ch. 599, Stats. 2010. Effective September 1, 2011.