The City of Independence Municipal Court offers a traffic school diversion program. This program is designed to allow drivers the opportunity to recognize and review their driving habits, attitudes, and behaviors. There is an additional fee involved, but the violation will not go on your driving record if you complete the program and have no subsequent traffic violations within sixty (60) days. This program is not eligible for those who were cited for no insurance.

You are likely eligible for traffic school if….

  • You have been cited for a single moving violation

  • You have received no other moving violations or traffic crime charges within the last three (3) years immediately preceding the date of this citation

  • You have a valid non-commercial driver license

  • There was no accident associated with the alleged offense

  • Your presumptive fine is not greater than $440

Traffic Safety Diversion Requirements

If you meet the requirements and would like to go to traffic school you must appear at City Hall before the Court Clerk prior to your scheduled court date, enter a plea of No Contest (not contesting the facts of the case) and complete the following:

  • Fill out the Traffic Safety Diversion Application and Order and submit it to the Court Clerk.

  • Pay the lower presumptive fine amount in full within sixty (60) days (the Due Date listed on the Traffic Safety Diversion Application and Order).

  • Contact the school, U-Turn 180, and pay the $50 registration fee and register for the class.

  • Successfully complete the class and receive a Certificate of Completion.

  • Submit the “Certificate of Completion” to the Court by the Due Date listed on your Traffic Safety Diversion Application and Order.

  • Do not receive a citation for a motor vehicle violation within the next 60 days (the Due Date listed on the Traffic Safety Diversion Application and Order).

Note: A Not Guilty Plea forfeits your Traffic School option. There will be no extensions and no exceptions.