My question involves traffic court in the State of: CA
Background: Got a speeding ticket(80 in 65 zone) 2 years ago. Moved out of US the same week and hence wasn't able to appear or pay. FTA (40508A) was added with a civil assessment fees. I am still out of the country and just few months ago, I asked a friend of mine to pay the fees as the system doesn't accept foreign credit cards. My friend paid the ticket fee via the online system and he had to contact some collection agency to pay the FTA fees as that part was referred to a collection agency.
1. Just recently checked my DMV record and it states there that:
License Suspended, Reason - FTA, Action Ended, Current License Status - Valid.
Does tat mean that my license is valid and I can use it to drive after moving back to US or do I still need to go to DMV to get it reinstated?
2. DMV record shows that:
VIOL/DT CONV/DT SEC/VIOL(22349A).... The CONV/DT is approx the same date when my friend made the payment. What is really meant by 'CONV/DT'?
3. For how long would the information about FTA and 22349A stay on my record?
4. Is this all taken care of now or do I need to do anything else as well after getting back to US?
5. I have read it somewhere that if FTA's are referred to a collection agency then they are treated as infractions. Is that true?
Thanks in advance