How to Take Traffic School in Contra Costa County

At Defensive Drivers Group Traffic School we know a few tricks to taking traffic school in Contra Costa, California. This guide shares those traffic school tips for students working with the Contra Costa Superior Court Traffic Division.

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Follow these steps to take traffic school for the Contra Costa County:

  1. Wait for your courtesy notice. The Contra Costa Court website says that if you are cited for a traffic violation, the court will mail you a "courtesy" notice at the address listed on the citation.
  2. Confirm that you are eligible for traffic school. Your courtesy notice should tell you. (Any questions contact the Contra Costa court.)
  3. Pay your fine. If you elect to attend traffic school you must pay the total fine amount plus a State/Court Administrative fee before your Contra Costa court date or extended due date.
  4. Choose a licensed traffic school. (DDG is licensed). Check the DMV website for listings: go to the DMV Occupational License website and after clicking the "Start Search" button and after the disclaimer, select "Traffic School List" from the dropdown. Proceed from there according to the instructions on the site.
  5. Register for the course. Start by selecting Contra Costa County and the court where you received your traffic violation. Your traffic school due date will be on your courtesy notice.
  6. Start Lesson 1. At the end of each lesson there is a short quiz of just three questions. Take the quizzes as many times as you need to pass.
  7. Pass the final exam. Answer just 70% correct and you pass!
  8. Traffic school certificate. Your California traffic school certificate will be sent electronically directly to both the California DMV and Contra Costa Superior Court.

How to contact the Traffic Division at the Contra Costa Traffic Court

Richmond Superior Court, George D. Carroll Courthouse

Civil, Small Claims, Criminal, Traffic, Jury

100 – 37th Street
Richmond, CA 94805
Business Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)
Traffic Window Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)
Traffic Walk-In Arraigments: Check in from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM for a 1:30 PM appearance
(925) 608-1000

Pittsburg Superior Court, Richard E. Arnason Justice Center
Civil, Small Claims, Criminal, Traffic, Jury

1000 Center Drive
Pittsburg, CA 94565
Business Hours: 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)
Traffic Window Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)
Traffic Walk-In Arraigments: Check in from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
(925) 608-1000

Walnut Creek Superior Court
Traffic and Juvenile

640 Ygnacio Valley Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
Business Hours: 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Monday through Friday (excluding court holidays)
Traffic Walk-In Arraigments: Check in from 8:00 AM to 8:45 AM
(925) 608-1000

 

Verify the Solano Traffic Court's Receipt of your Traffic School Completion

Are extensions available for Contra Costa Superior Court Traffic Court?

The Contra Costa Superior Court Traffic Division website does not say if extensions are possible. Contact the court to ask if they offer an extension.

Traffic school fees for Contra Costa Superior Court

See http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org/divisions/traffic/sign-up for updated information. There are court fees and a fee charged by the traffic school. To register for Contra Costa traffic school, you must pay:

  • The bail (fine); and
  • Pay your fine and the $62.00/$67.00 administrative fee by mail or online here: Pay Your Traffic Ticket Online, or go to the clerk’s office at the court location on the bottom of your ticket and pay the fine and the $62.00/$67.00 traffic school administrative fee.

Please note: If you choose to take an online traffic school course from an approved traffic school, you must pay the (bail) fine and the administrative fee before the completion of the online school. If payment has not been received, your certificate will be rejected.

 

Are you eligible to take traffic school in Contra Costa County?

In general, you may attend traffic school if you have not attended traffic school in California in the past 18 months and have a valid California license. (The 18 months is from the date of violation to the date of violation.) Your courtesy notice will say if you are eligible for traffic school.

Notes about this guide to traffic school in Contra Costa

Note: This page is for informational purposes only to help traffic school students who need to work with the Contra Costa Superior Court Traffic Division. This information may change at any time, and it is up to the reader to verify this information with the court or other relevant parties.

How to Request your driver record from the California DMV

Check your driver record with the DMV here. It's $2 per check and only the driver may check his or her California driver record. Once you have successfully paid for your record ($2.00), you will be prompted to view and print your record.

For other services and information go to the California DMV site at https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/dmv/home

How to pay for your traffic violations in Contra Costa County

To make a payment for a traffic violation in Contra Costa county court, visit the payment website here.

  • Payment Plan: You may request a payment plan to pay your traffic court ordered-debt. A Written Plea Form and Request for Monthly Payment (TR-123) can be found at the link below or at the Traffic Clerk’s Office and can be submitted by mail or in person to the court indicated on the citation.

  • Ability To Pay Determination: You may ask the court to consider your ability to pay by petition. A petition (TR-125) can be found at the link below or at the Traffic Clerk’s Office and can be submitted by mail or in person to the court indicated on the citation. If your case has not yet been sentenced, you must appear at the Clerk’s office to request an ability to pay determination. At the time you submit the petition, provide the Court with any supporting documentation you want the judicial officer to consider in making their decision.

Reminder notices for the Contra Costa Superior Court

The Contra Costa court will send a reminder notice to the address listed on the citation, along with:

  • Your due date and time
  • How much you owe
  • Whether you can go to traffic school
  • Any proof of correction you might need
  • Options on how to handle your citation

You must take care of your traffic ticket on time - even if you do not get a reminder notice.

Facts about Contra Costa County, California

About Contra Costa County, California

Contra Costa County is a county in the state of California in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 1,049,025. The county seat is Martinez. It occupies the northern portion of the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is primarily suburban. The county's name is Spanish for "opposite coast", referring to its position on the other side of the bay from San Francisco. Contra Costa County is included in the San Francisco–Oakland–Hayward, CA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Roads in Contra Costa County

In 1903 the first tunnel through the Oakland hills (now Old Tunnel Road) was built, principally as a means of bringing hay by horse, mule, or ox-drawn wagons from central and eastern agricultural areas to feed the draft animals that provided the power to public and private transportation in the East Bay at the time. The tunnel exited in the hills high above the crossroads of Orinda with the road continuing on to Lafayette, Walnut Creek, and Danville. The road was just wide enough for one car in each direction, and had no shoulders.

In 1937 the two-bore Caldecott Tunnel for road vehicles was completed, making interior Contra Costa County much more accessible. After World War II the tunnels allowed waves of development to proceed, oriented toward Oakland rather than the northern shoreline, and the northern shoreline cities began to decline. The tunnel has since been augmented with a third bore, completed in 1964, and a fourth, completed in 2013.

Major highways
 Interstate 80
 Interstate 580
 Interstate 680
 State Route 4
 State Route 24
 State Route 160
 State Route 242
 San Pablo Avenue – formerly  U.S. Route 40

Cities in Contra Costa County
Antioch
Brentwood
Clayton
Concord
Danville
El Cerrito
Hercules
Lafayette
Martinez (county seat)
Moraga
Oakley
Orinda
Pinole
Pittsburg
Pleasant Hill
Richmond
San Pablo
San Ramon
Walnut Creek
Census-designated places[edit]
Acalanes Ridge
Alamo
Alhambra Valley
Bay Point
Bayview
Bethel Island
Blackhawk
Byron
Camino Tassajara
Castle Hill
Clyde
Contra Costa Centre
Crockett
Diablo
Discovery Bay
East Richmond Heights
El Sobrante
Kensington
Knightsen
Montalvin Manor
Mountain View
Norris Canyon
North Gate
North Richmond
Pacheco
Port Costa
Reliez Valley
Rodeo