If you Received a Traffic Citation in San Francisco, CA
You have a few choices, but taking a traffic school course is the way to go because points from the citation will be masked from your driving record and your auto insurance rates will not increase. As an added bonus, you can have some fun and enjoy some laughs while taking Traffic School by Improv’s online “Edu-tainment” based course!
Complete a DMV-approved Traffic Violator School Course. If you have not already masked a ticket by taking traffic school in the past 18 months, the best option is to request to attend a California Approved Traffic School. You will be required to pay the entire bail amount on the ticket plus an additional $57.00 fee. When paying your ticket bail amount, select the option to attend a San Francisco County traffic school. Once approved by the San Francisco court to take traffic school, you should consider taking CA Traffic School Online on your computer from the comfort of your own home in San Francisco County. If your deadline is not soon approaching, you can complete the course 24/7 at your leisure by doing the course in increments. If you’re in a hurry, you can do the entire course in one sitting and finish the same day-the choice is yours!
After completing your traffic school course
As a CA DMV-approved traffic violator school, we are able to electronically transmit your successful traffic school completion to the San Francisco Court and the CA DMV. Traffic School by Improv provides this service for free and also provides instant proof of completion for your records.If you take traffic school in a live classroom setting in San Francisco County, you will receive a certificate of completion at the end of class. It is imperative that you submit this certificate to the San Francisco Court Clerk of the Court in the traffic division on or before your due date. You can either mail your certificate or deliver it in person to the court address listed on your ticket.
If you are not eligible to attend traffic school, you can either pay your ticket or schedule a court date to contest your ticket.
Pay your citation. By paying the bail amount listed on your citation, you are essentially admitting guilt of the violation of which you were charged. As a result, you will receive points from the violation on your driving record and your insurance rates will most likely increase significantly.
Contest your Ticket. If you feel you are innocent of violation, you may contest your ticket by pleading not guilty in court. To do this, you must request a trial date. If requesting the trial date by mail, you will be required to include a check for the bail amount listed on your ticket. You will be notified by mail of your trial date which you will have to attend and present the facts surrounding your reasons you feel you are innocent of the violations with which you were charged. If the Judge finds you innocent of the violation, your traffic citation will be dismissed and the bail amount you paid will be refunded to you by the San Francisco County traffic court.
If you want to avoid paying the bail amount up front, you must appear in court with your driver’s license and schedule an arraignment date. Once the date is scheduled, you will be required to return to court on that date to present your case in front of the judge.
If the judge finds you to be guilty of the violation, you have nothing to lose by asking the Judge for permission to take traffic school so the points will be masked from your driving record and your insurance rates will not increase.
To make a payment and/or to request traffic school, you must do one of the following prior to the due date listed on your traffic citation:
- Appear in person at the San Francisco Superior Court located at: 850 Bryant St., Room 145, San Francisco, CA 94103.
- Online by going to www.sfsuperiorcourt.org.
- Pay by phone with credit card at (415) 551-8550.
- Send payment by Mail. Include a check for the fine amount plus an additional $57 if you are requesting permission to attend traffic school. Mail your payment to the San Francisco Superior Court address listed on your citation or courtesy notice.