Feb. 9, 2016

Traffic School



You may choose to attend Traffic Violator School for a vehicle code violation that is assigned one point only. Violations committed by a pedestrian or a bicyclist are not assigned point counts. To verify whether a violation is assigned a point count, click here to be sure you need to attend traffic school. Look up your violation(s) and check the far right column to see if there is a DMV point attached to the violation(s)


You must meet eligibility requirements below to attend a Traffic Violator School Program:

  • You have a valid California driver's license.
  • If at the time of the violation you were driving with an OUT-OF-STATE driver's license, you cannot sign up for traffic school. If you are applying for a California driver's license, you will need to appear at the Hall of Justice and schedule a court appearance to have the Court amend the driver's license on the original complaint.
  • As of January 1, 2013, if you have a valid Commercial Class A, Class B, or commercial Class C California driver's license, you may attend traffic school if the violation occurred while driving a non-commercial vehicle. The point count will not be assessed on your driving record but the DMV will not keep the conviction confidential from the insurance companies.  
  • You cannot have a speeding violation that exceeds the legal limit by more than 26+ mph. 
  • You are not currently attending, and have not attended, a traffic school program for a citation issued within 18 months and one day of your current citation. The 18 months and one day is calculated from the issuance date of the previous citation for which you attended traffic school to the current citation date.

 If you need assistance with your traffic school eligibility, contact the Traffic Division at (415) 551-8550.

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.

 traffic school TRAFFIC SCHOOL FEES

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 meeting the eligibility requirements and enrollment has been confirmed, you will receive by email (it is advisable to check your junk mailbox) or U.S.. mail a Traffic School Agreement with a disposition date. You are generally given three months from your date of payment to complete Traffic School. You may attend only the DMV-Approved Classroom and Online Traffic Schools.


By Mail: Mail a check or money order, payable to the San Francisco Superior Court, in the amount of the bail (fine) and the $52 fee to:

San Francisco Superior Court
850 Bryant St. Room 145
San Francisco, CA 94103-4610

Be sure to include the citation number on the check. Do Not Send Cash Through the Mail.

In Person: 8:30 a.m. -- 4 p.m., Monday -- Friday, except Court holidays.

San Francisco Superior Court
850 Bryant St., Room 145
San Francisco, CA 94103-4610

Online: To sign-up for Traffic School online, a valid MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express card is required. A state-mandated, non-refundable administrative fee of $52 and a convenience fee of $5.40 will be charged to your credit card in addition to your fine amount.

If you have questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questions visit the Traffic Division Web site for additional information.

Pay Online Now

We are periodically experiencing technical issues processing online payments.  If you have problems or the page does not load, please try clicking on the link again to pay your citation.  If you cannot pay online, payment must be made in person or by mail to 850 Bryant St, Room 145, San Francisco, CA 94103.  You CANNOT pay by phone. 


Traffic school completions cannot be accepted if the bail (fine) and the $52 administrative fee have not been paid. The Traffic Schools will notify the DMV of course completion and the Court will access that information from the DMV through its secured Web site.

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