At Defensive Drivers Group Traffic School we know a few tricks to taking traffic school in California. This guide shares those traffic school tips for students working with the San Mateo Superior Court Traffic Division.
Follow these steps to take traffic school for the San Mateo Superior Court:
According to the San Mateo Superior Court Traffic Division:
"The Clerk's Office may give one 30-day extension to complete traffic school if requested prior to the original traffic school due date. No further extensions at the end of the 30-day period will be given.
There are three options to request an extension to complete Traffic School:
Main Traffic Division page: http://www.sanmateocourt.org/court_divisions/traffic/
Options on how to take care of your traffic citation/ticket: http://www.sanmateocourt.org/court_divisions/traffic/options.php
Traffic Division Southern Branch (Annex)
500 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
Traffic division phone number and phone hours:
(650) 363-4300, Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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:
For more information, go to: http://www.sanmateocourt.org/court_divisions/traffic/traffic_school.php
This page is for informational purposes only to help traffic school students who need to work with the San Mateo 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.
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
You can check your traffic school completion with the San MateoSuperior Court by following these steps:
You may pay for your traffic violations online at:
If you have a financial hardship and can show that you are unable to pay the full amount for the offenses on your traffic ticket, you may request the court to consider your ability to pay in setting the fine amount. However, you must appear before the court to do so. Also, if you are ordered to pay a fine you may ask the court for an installment payment plan that is based on your ability to pay, or ask the court to approve community service due to financial hardship.
Accoring to the San Mateo Superior Court Traffic Division:
What if I have a financial hardship?
Financial Hardship and Your Ability to Pay for Your Traffic Citation. If you have a financial hardship and can show that you are unable to pay the full amount for the offenses on your traffic ticket, you may request the court to consider your ability to pay in setting the fine amount. However, you must appear before the court to do so. Also, if you are ordered to pay a fine you may ask the court for an installment payment plan that is based on your ability to pay, or ask the court to approve community service due to financial hardship.
What is a court trial?
A court trial is a hearing where you appear in person to contest your citation and testify about the facts in the case. In traffic infraction cases, a judicial officer will hear your case instead of a jury. The officer who issued the citation will also be required to appear. You have the right to subpoena witnesses and to hire an attorney to appear and represent you.
How long will a court trial take?
Most trials take a very short amount of time, but you should plan to be at court for at least 2 hours on that day.
It is important to read the information on the front and back of your citation from the San Mateo Superior Court. The front side of the citation issued to you provides you with the following information: