How to Take Traffic School in the Santa Clara Superior Court

Follow these steps to take traffic school for the Santa Clara Superior Court:

  1. Wait for your courtesy notice. The Santa Clara 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 Santa Clara 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 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.

The court can tell you what you need to do to be able to go to traffic school. If this is your first ticket and the court lets you go to traffic school, you should not get any points on your record. Read the Traffic School section ( ) to learn more. If you are unable to pay the full amount for the ticket due to financial hardship, if you appear in court you may ask the court to consider your inability to pay and reduce the fee for traffic school for the eligible offenses.

Contact Information: Santa Clara Superior Court Traffic Court

Traffic division webpages


Santa Clara Courthouse
1095 Homestead Rd.
Santa Clara, CA 95050

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Traffic division phone number:

408-556-3000 (Santa Clara courthouse)

Credit Card Payment 24/7 Phone Line: (408) 556-3000 option #5 then option #0

TDD: (408) 556-3012 (for hearing-impaired use only)

Traffic division email

Office hours:

Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.