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

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Civil Limited (Mandatory)
 Civil Unlimited (Mandatory)
 Civil Complex (Mandatory)
 Small Claims (Voluntary)
 
Family (Mandatory)
 
Probate (Mandatory)
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 next 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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