Apr. 22, 2014

Traffic School



You may choose to attend Traffic Violator School for vehicle code violations that carry only one point. Check if your violations carries a point count.

Eligibility Requirements

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

  • You have a valid California driver's license.
  • If you have a valid Commercial Class A, Class B, or commercial Class C driver's license you may now attend traffic school if the violation occurred on or after January 1, 2013 and you were driving a non-commercial vehcile when the citation was issued. 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 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.
  • You have a speeding violation that does not exceed the legal limit by more than 26+ mph. 

 If you are not sure of 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 oneline 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 advidable 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 adidtion to your fine amount.

If you have questions, please review the Frequently Asked Questionsor 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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