I’m Guilty, But Can I Go To Driving School?
If you hold a commercial driver’s license issued in any state, you are not eligible to attend Defensive Driving classes per 49 C.F.R. §384.226 and T.C.A. §55-10-301(c). This applies regardless of the type of vehicle being operated at the time of the violation.
If you do not hold a Commercial Driver's License AND you were not operating a vehicle for which a Commercial Driver's License is required, you may be eligible to attend one of the Defensive Driving classes operated by the Davidson County General Sessions Court. If your application is accepted and you successfully complete the assigned Defensive Driving course, you will not pay the original fine amount for that offense and it will be reported to the Tennessee Department of Safety as a school attendance rather than as a conviction. You will, however, still be responsible for the court cost and fines for any ineligible violations on the same ticket.
The General Sessions Court Traffic School offers both online and traditional classroom-based classes. Traditional classes are available in the evenings and on Saturday mornings and afternoons.
You may apply for Traffic School online, by mail or by bringing your application and fees in person to the Traffic Violation Bureau.
Traffic School Fees
Effective July 1, 2010, the fee for enrolling in Traffic School is dependent upon the class you are eligible to attend. These fees apply to all new enrollments regardless of when you received your ticket and supersede any previously printed or posted prices.
Pay and Apply for Traffic School Online
If you wish to apply and pay for Traffic School online, you should promptly apply for traffic school because if you are found to be ineligible, your ticket must be paid in full within the original forty-five (45) days. With this in mind, you MUST apply for Traffic School no later than forty-five (45) days from the date your ticket was issued and you MUST have your ticket number, date of birth and a valid credit card. If you do not know your ticket number, you may call the Traffic Violation Bureau at the number listed on our "Contact Us" page and we will provide it to you.
Applying for Traffic School online is a two step process:
Step 1: Pay the $44.00 Court Cost on each violation and the fines on any ineligible violations online with the Traffic Violations Bureau.
Step 2: Enroll in Traffic School online by visiting the General Sessions Traffic School web site.
Pay and Apply for Traffic School by Mail
If you wish to apply for Traffic School by mail, you must complete the Traffic School Application form printed on the back page of the Traffic Court Information Sheet. This information sheet will clearly inform you of the court cost and fines/fees that are due to enroll in Traffic School. Your application must be received by the Traffic Violation Bureau along with the appropriate application fees shown in the table below no later than forty-five (45) days from the date your ticket was issued. If you have lost your ticket, you may download a form but you must know your ticket number. If you do not know your ticket number, please call the Traffic Violation Bureau at the number listed on our “Contact Us” page and we will provide it to you. The staff of the General Sessions Court Traffic School will determine your eligibility and notify you of your class assignment or your ineligibility for Traffic School at the address provided on your application. If it is determined that you are ineligible for Traffic School, your school fee will be returned to you but you must remit full payment of any outstanding fines and fees to the Traffic Violation Bureau no later than forty-five (45) calendar days from the date your ticket was written.
If you cannot attend your scheduled class, you must reschedule by calling the Traffic School at (615) 862-8345 BEFORE the date of your class and pay the rescheduling fee to the school.
For more information about Traffic School, questions about the Traffic School fees, you can visit the General Sessions Traffic School web site or call their office at (615) 862-8345.
If you would like to see some examples of how to apply for Traffic School with different combinations of offenses on your ticket, click on the item below that best describes your situation:
For ADA accommodations or to request sign language at Traffic School, contact the General Sessions Court office at (615) 862-5199 or submit your request online.