The first thing you want to do is go to the California DMV website, dmv.ca.gov I will add links for you so you can find the information easily as the DMV website can be a little difficult to navigate through. (AB2499 is New CA legislation for traffic schools that was put in place 9.1.2012) It covers all the rules and regulations as well as the qualifications needed for the owner operator and instructor.
After you go through the information you will want to print out the traffic school owner checklist, it will prove to be very helpful in checking off each thing you need to complete.
Opening up a Traffic Violator school can be a long and tedious endeavor; There are many requirements that need to be in place before the DMV approves you.
I will list a few of the steps involved in opening up your school:
1) The first thing the DMV requires is to submit a traffic school lesson plan along with an $ 800.00 fee for your original review of an online course, $ 800.00 for a home study course review or $ 475.00 for a classroom course to be submitted with your OL764 form . You will have to wait up to 120 days for the DMV to do a background check on you as well waiting for your approval or rejection of your course. If you would prefer you can purchase a pre approved lesson plan which is probably easier than writing your own which is a 6 month to a year project. Plus you will get your approval letter from the DMV in about a week and only have to pay a $ 25.00 fee to use a pre approved course.
2) The DMV must approve your traffic school name before you can move forward with the rest of your application, you will need to fill out the OL 612 form, but before you waste time purchasing your school name for an online traffic school you can Call the DMV and check to see if the name you wish to use is available at the time of your call (916) 229-3126. If your name is similar to another name being used, your domain name will be redirected. If the name is available then you can send the form up to DMV by overnight mail, they will send you back an approval for your chosen name by US mail.Once you get your application approved, your school name will be placed on the DMV website , Which is free marketing for you.
Some additional DMV requirements are: being fingerprinted by live scan, securing a bond, pay the required fees, submit an insurance certificate, purchase a DMV approved lesson plan, or write your own, rent an office space in which to run your business out of And hold your traffic violator classes if you wish to teach a classroom course. FYI … The DMV makes no distinction between a classroom traffic school or an online traffic …