San Mateo County Superior Court

Information about filing court documents in San Mateo County, California

COVID-19: Because of coronavirus restrictions, the San Mateo County Superior Court is currently operating reduced services. We recommend consulting the court's website for additional information. 

Services

eFiling
Maximum file size: 25 MB per document / 35 MB total

San Mateo County is an eFileCA court. 
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Civil Limited (Mandatory)
 Civil Unlimited (Mandatory)
 Civil Complex (Mandatory)
 Small Claims (Voluntary)
 
Family (Mandatory)
 
Probate (Mandatory)
eService
Available (Where eFiling is mandatory CA Rules of Court require that—with the exception of documents that must be personally served—documents be eServed)
Physical Filing
Maximum file size: 25 MB per document / Unlimited total
 Available for documents that are exempt from eFiling.
Courtesy Copy Delivery
Maximum file size: 25 MB per document / Unlimited total
Available
Court Research Unavailable at this time because of COVID-19 court access restrictions

Court locations

Court address Services
Hall of Justice
400 County Center
Redwood City, CA 94063
 eFiling
Deadline: Before 11:45 p.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Physical Filing
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery same court day)
 Courtesy Copy Delivery
Deadline: Before 11:00 a.m. (For delivery next court day)
 Court Research
Unavailable at this time due to COVID-19 restrictions

Contact information

Department Phone number
Civil Division (650) 261-5100
Family Law Clerk's Office (650) 261-5100
Probate Division (650) 261-5100

Useful resources

FAQs

Which documents are exempt from eFiling?

In General Civil case types:

  • Abstract of Judgments
  • Administrative Records
  • Civil Restraining Orders
  • Ex Parte Motions and Oppositions thereto
  • Mandatory Settlement Conference Statements
  • Orders After Hearing
  • Proposed Judgments
  • Stipulations and Proposed Orders
  • Subpoenas
  • Writ of Execution/Possession/Attachments
 In Family case types:
  • Abstract of Judgments
  • Ex Parte's (Other than DVPA Restraining Order Filings)
  • Peremptory Challenges
  • Opposition to Commissioner pursuant to Local Rule 5.4
  • Judgments
  • Summary Dissolution case types
  • Writ
In Probate case types:
  • Abstract of Judgment
  • Affidavit re Real Property of Small Value
  • Appeal Documents
  • Estate Planning Documents
  • Ex Parte Applications or Petitions 
  • Letters of Conservatorship (Judicial Council form GC350)
  • Letters of Guardianship (Judicial Council form GC250)
  • Letters of Temporary Guardianship or Conservatorship (Judicial Council form GC150)
  • Letters of Testamentary, of Administration with Will Annexed, of Administration or of Proposed Judgment
  • Request for Appointment of California Probate Referee **in paper format unless an Order for Probate has been filed
  • Special Administration (Judicial Council form DE150)
  • Wills and Codicils
  • Writ
As of June 8, 2020. Review the full list: https://www.sanmateocourt.org/online_services/efiling.php

How do I request a Motion hearing date?

The Court requires filers to indicate the hearing on the pleading after reviewing the Court’s online calendar for availability.

  • The Court will notify you of changes upon filing or correct the date on the pleading in eFiling. 
  • Picking a date does not guarantee that date will be reserved.
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How do I eFile under-seal documents?

  • When eFiling, choose "Documents Lodged Conditionally Under Seal" from the drop-down on the Documents screen.
  • You must include a copy of the order allowing you to file under-seal or the document may be rejected.




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