How to take online traffic school for the San Mateo Traffic Court

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.

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Follow these steps to take traffic school for the San Mateo Superior Court:

  1. Wait for your courtesy notice. The San Mateo Court website says that you will get a courtesy notice 45-60 days after you get your ticket.
  2. Confirm that you are eligible for traffic school. Your courtesy notice should tell you. (Any questions contact the court.)
  3. Pay your fine. Assuming you do not plan to contest the ticket, pay your fine before you sign up for traffic school. Also pay the court the “Amount Due for Traffic School” on your courtesy notice. This fee goes to the court and is separate from the traffic school tuition.
  4. The Court will then send you an “Agreement to Attend Driver Improvement School.” Once you have that document, you may register to attend a California DMV approved traffic school.
  5. 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.
  6. Register for the courseStart by selecting San Mateo County and the court where you received your traffic violation. Your traffic school due date will be on your courtesy notice.
  7. 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.
  8. Pass the final exam. Answer just 70% correct and you pass!
  9. Traffic school certificate. Your California traffic school certificate will be sent electronically directly to both the California DMV and San Mateo Superior Court.
  10. Look your case up here at the Public Access Traffic Case Information Website. Wait a few days before checking with the court. If it says “case closed” then you are all done.

Are traffic school extensions available for San Mateo Superior Court Traffic 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:

  • By telephone: (650) 363-4300
  • In person at the traffic clerk’s office at 500 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063
  • By mail – sent to the traffic clerk’s office at 500 County Center, Redwood City, CA 94063″

How to pay for your traffic violations in San Mateo county

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.

Contact information: San Mateo Superior Court Traffic Court

Main Traffic Division page:

Options on how to take care of your traffic citation/ticket:


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.

Office hours:

Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.