How to Take Traffic School in San Francisco County

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

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Follow these steps to take traffic school for the San Francisco County:

  1. Wait for your courtesy notice. The San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco 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 San Francisco Superior Court.

Are extensions available for San Francisco Superior Court Traffic Court?

The San Francisco Superior Court Traffic Division website does not say if extensions are possible. Contact the court to ask for an extension.

850 Bryant St., Room 145
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 551-8550
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday / Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (except Court holidays)

Traffic school fees for San Francisco 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 traffic school, you must pay:

  • The bail (fine); and
  • A state-mandated, non-refundable administrative fee of $52.
  • A traffic school fee ranging from $20 - $45.

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.

After you have verified that you and the violation meet the above requirements, you may sign up and pay by mail, in person, or online (link below). If you sign up online, your traffic school due date and link to the Traffic School agreement will be on your confirmation page once paid. You are generally given three months from your date of payment to complete Traffic School.

Are you eligible to take traffic school in San Francisco County?

Pursuant to Vehicle Code section 42005 and California Rules of Court rule 4.104, court clerks are only authorized to grant traffic school requests if the following criteria is met:

  • You must currently possess a valid California driver's license.  If your citation was written with an out of state license indicated, and you possess a valid California license, you must make a court date to ask a judge to amend the citation so that you are eligible to attend Traffic School.

  • The violation(s) on your ticket must be an eligible Vehicle Code infraction. Any violation that carries a negligent operator point count of more than one point under VC 12810 or one and one-half points or more under VC 12810.5(b)(2) is not eligible. Seat belt, mechanical or equipment violations, failure to have insurance and other certain specified violations are not eligible for traffic school.

  • You may not have attended Traffic School for a previous violation committed within the last 18-months. The 18-month eligibility period is determined from violation date to violation date and not from when you attended Traffic School.

  • If cited for speeding, the alleged speed cannot be more than 25 mph over the speed limit. 

  • Your citation/ticket must not be for a violation of Vehicle Code section 22406.5 (tank vehicles).

  • Your citation/ticket must not be related to drug or alcohol use or possession.
  • If you were cited while driving with a Class A, C or Commercial Class C driver's license, on or after January 1, 2013, but you were not driving a commercial vehicle at the time of the violation, you may attend Traffic School, if eligible. Although the DMV will not assess the point count on your driving record, they will not hold the conviction as confidential and therefore your insurance may be adversely affected. 

NOTICE: San Francisco Superior Court will authorize traffic school on delinquent tickets if no more than 20 days have passed since the Notice of Civil Assessment date; full bail and any civil assessment fine imposed pursuant to 1214.1PC must be paid in advance.

NOTICE: If you are eligible and decide not to attend traffic school your automobile insurance may be adversely affected. For drivers with a California noncommercial driver's license, one conviction in any 18-month period will be held confidential and not show on your driving record if you complete a traffic violator school program. As of January 1, 2013, for drivers with a California commercial driver's license, cited while driving a non-commercial vehicle, one conviction in any 18-month period will show on your driving record without a violation point if you complete a traffic violator school program.

WARNING: If you are not eligible to attend traffic school, but do so anyway or sign up for traffic school and do not attend, the money you paid, which includes the bail and the administrative fee, will be forfeited and the DMV will be notified of the conviction and it will be reported on your driving record.

Facts about San Francisco County, California

About San Franscisco County, California

San Francisco, officially the City and County of San Francisco, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California. The consolidated city-county covers an area of about 47.9 square miles (124 km2) at the north end of the San Francisco Peninsula in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the fourth-most populous city in California, and the 13th-most populous in the United States, with a 2016 census-estimated population of 870,887. The population is projected to reach 1 million by 2033.

The California Gold Rush of 1849 brought rapid growth, making it the largest city on the West Coast at the time. San Francisco became a consolidated city-county in 1856. After three-quarters of the city was destroyed by the 1906 earthquake and fire, San Francisco was quickly rebuilt, hosting the Panama-Pacific International Exposition nine years later. In World War II, San Francisco was a major port of embarkation for service members shipping out to the Pacific Theater. It then became the birthplace of the United Nations in 1945.

A popular tourist destination, San Francisco is known for its cool summers, fog, steep rolling hills, eclectic mix of architecture, and landmarks, including the Golden Gate Bridge, cable cars, the former Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, Fisherman's Wharf, and its Chinatown district. San Francisco is also the headquarters of five major banking institutions and various other companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Gap Inc., Salesforce.com, Dropbox, Reddit, Square, Inc., Dolby, Airbnb, Weebly, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Yelp, Pinterest, Twitter, Uber, Lyft, Mozilla, Wikimedia Foundation, Craigslist and Weather Underground.

San Francisco has several nicknames, including "The City by the Bay", "Golden Gate City", "Frisco", "SF", "San Fran", "Fog City", and as well as older ones like "The City that Knows How", "Baghdad by the Bay", "The Paris of the West", or simply "The City". As of 2017, San Francisco is ranked high on world liveability rankings.

Roads

Due to its unique geography, and the freeway revolts of the late 1950s, Interstate 80 begins at the approach to the Bay Bridge and is the only direct automobile link to the East Bay. U.S. Route 101 connects to the western terminus of Interstate 80 and provides access to the south of the city along San Francisco Bay toward Silicon Valley. Northward, the routing for U.S. 101 uses arterial streets to connect to the Golden Gate Bridge, the only direct automobile link to Marin County and the North Bay.

The Golden Gate Bridge is the only road connection to the North Bay.
State Route 1 also enters San Francisco from the north via the Golden Gate Bridge and bisects the city as the 19th Avenue arterial thoroughfare, joining with Interstate 280 at the city's southern border. Interstate 280 continues south from San Francisco, and also turns to the east along the southern edge of the city, terminating just south of the Bay Bridge in the South of Market neighborhood. After the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, city leaders demolished the Embarcadero Freeway and a portion of the Central Freeway, converting them into street-level boulevards.

State Route 35 enters the city from the south as Skyline Boulevard and terminates at its intersection with Highway 1. State Route 82 enters San Francisco from the south as Mission Street, and terminates shortly thereafter at its junction with 280.

The Western Terminus of the historic transcontinental Lincoln Highway, the first road across America, is in San Francisco's Lincoln Park.

Notes about this guide to traffic school in San Francisco

Note: This page is for informational purposes only to help traffic school students who need to work with the San Francisco 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 contact the Traffic Division at the San Francisco Traffic Court

Hall of Justice
850 Bryant St., Room 145
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 551-8550
8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday - Thursday / Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. (except Court holidays)

Helpful contact information for contact with room 145

  • Doors must close at 4 p.m. and turn away customers still in line; please arrive by 3 p.m. to be reasonably certain you will receive assistance that day. 

  • Longest wait times on the phone and in person: Mondays, Friday afternoons, and the day after any Court holiday.
  • You must have a valid government-issued photo ID to obtain in-person service.
  • If your citation is past due after 11/2/15, you may simply pay it in Room 145, or discuss your Civil Assessment options in Room 101, Window 8 (8:30 a.m.- 3 p.m., Monday - Friday). 
  • If you qualify and wish to Petition the Court to Vacate the Civil Assessment, you must start at window 8 in Room 101. Do not go to Room 145. 

 

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How to pay for your traffic violations in San Francisco County

To make a payment, visit our payment website at: here

Financial hardship and ability to pay. If you are having a hard time paying the imposed fine, you may submit a petition for ability to pay determination. Physical copies of the ability to determination form with instructions to submit can be obtained by visiting the Traffic Division in Room 145.

Reminder notices for the San Francisco Superior Court

A Reminder Notice is mailed to the address listed on the citation. This notice is usually received within 21 days from the date the citation was issued. The notice contains information about the requirements and options available for resolving the ticket, such as:

  • Amount of the bail (fine) and due date
  • Proof of correction for compliance violations
  • Court and Traffic School Information

If a Reminder Notice has not been received, contact the Court. If you are unsure about your options, appear at the Court no later than the date listed at the bottom of the citation.

You may not have recieved a Reminder Notice due to the following:  

  1. The citation may still be in the hands of the officer who cited you.
  2. Your latest address may not be updated with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
  3. You may not have shown the officer your change of address card along with your driver's license.
  4. The address written on the citation may be incorrect or incomplete
  5. The citation may have been sent back to the citing officer for correction.
  6. A postal error.

Failure to receive a Reminder Notice does not relieve you of the obligation to appear by the date stated in the Notice to Appear. By signing the citation, in front of the Officer, you have agreed to appear and/or respond to the citation in lieu of being arrested. 

Failure to appear or resolve a citation on or before the due date, or failure to appear at a scheduled hearing may result in:

  • A DMV hold against your driver's license.
  • Imposition of a $300 Civil Assessment in addition to the fine.

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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