Driving school application available online

Published 6:09 pm Monday, May 9, 2016

Those facing minor traffic offenses in Clanton Municipal Court now have a convenient way to apply for driving school.

The court is offering online registration and payment for the National Safety Council Driving School.

Driving school was adopted by Clanton Municipal Court about four years ago as a diversion program, Clanton Police Capt. Neil Fetner said.

For example, if a young driver received a ticket for speeding or running a stop sign, driving school could serve as a method to keep the offense off his or her record and thus save parents from having to pay increased insurance premiums.

The court had been maintaining paper applications, but Fetner developed a digital method.

Anyone interested in applying for driving school can visit ClantonPD.org, click on “Links” in the upper menu bar and scroll down to “CPD Forms” (fifth option from the top.

On the “CPD Online Forms” page, “Driving School Online Application” can be found under “COURTS.”

The digital method saves residents from having to visit the police department.

It also allows a probation officer to review the application and determine whether the applicant meets the criteria.

Among other considerations, a resident is eligible for driving school only once. Online applications will be stored in a database.

“If they are eligible, we can electronically respond to them to let them know they’ve been scheduled for the next course,” Fetner said.

Payment can also be made online.