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Driver's Safety Course

Eligibility Information 

The defendant is NOT eligible to take a driver safety course if the offense is for the following:

  1. Speeding 95 miles per hour or more;
  2. 25 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a regular zone; 15 or more miles per hour over the speed limit in a school zone;
  3. An offense relating to the "Duty to Give Information and Aid (leaving the scene of an accident);"
  4. An offense relating to "Overtaking and Passing a School Bus;"
  5. An offense committed in a construction or maintenance work zone while workers are present;
  6. An offense identified as a serious traffic violation in Section 522.003(25) of the Transportation Code.

Defendant Requirements

  1. You must have a valid Texas driver's license or permit, proof of active military duty or proof that you are a spouse or dependant child of a person on active military duty;
  2. If you have a CDL (commercial driver's license) you are NOT eligible to take defensive driving;
  3. You must present proof of valid financial responsibility (usually automobile insurance);
  4. You cannot have completed a defensive driving course in the past 12 months;
  5. You cannot currently be taking a driver safety course for a traffic violation in another court.

Request Procedures

In order to request a driving safety course, you must submit the following to the court on or before your initial court setting:

  1. $109.00 Court Cost Fee - $134.00 for offenses in school zone;
  2. A valid copy of your Texas drivers license (or other approved documents);
  3. A valid copy of your liability insurance card and/or proof of financial responsibility;
  4. Completed driving safety request affidavit located in the forms section.

Upon approval of the request by the Judge, you will need to complete the following:

  1. Complete the driver safety course (outside vendor - approximate cost of $25.00)  
  2. Obtain your driving record from the State - you will need "Type 3A" (
  3. Return your instruction sheet provided by the Court with all necessary portions completed and signed by the defendant. 

Driver’s Safety Procedures
Upon approval by the judge, the court staff will mail you an instruction sheet which will give you the dates of completion and return deadlines for your paperwork. During the deferral period, defendants must drive and operate their vehicle without receiving another moving violation during the probationary period.

Additional Details
  • You will have 90 days to complete the course, obtain all the necessary documentation, and return those items to the office in order to have your citation dismissed. 
  • You may mail or deliver the paperwork to the office - however, we recommend you make copies of everything you send, should the completion forms become lost in the mail. 
  • If you do not complete the course within the allocated time period, the Judge cannot extend your deadline. You will then be required to pay any remaining balance and the offense will be shown as a conviction on your driving record.